Originally Posted by SteveCallas
Let me ask you, even when crossed over at 80hz, what frequency region do you think is the most physically demanding on a speaker?
The lower bass, but very obviously much less so than when not crossed over at 80 hz, as that takes the heavy lifting off of the mains and puts it on the sub, not to mention it also creates a cake load for the receiver/amp as well, as I'm sure you are already well aware of.
With the VR3 in that situation, you have two 7" drivers handling the frequencies only from 80 hz to 400 hz, and only one 4.5" driver handling the frequencies from 400 hz to 2800 hz.
With the VR1 in that same situation, you have two 6.5" drivers handling the frequencies from 80 to 2700 hz.
It's not by any means any kind of dramatic night and day difference either way, but bottom line, there are noticeably better mid range dynamics in the VR1 when crossed over at 80 hz to my ears IMO as I have compared them side by side in my room.
Plus another factor is that the VR1 is an easier load on a typical AVR. The VR3 went set to large full range sent my Denon 3803 into shutdown protection mode from overheating. Although this wouldn't be a factor if the VR3 was crossed over at 80 hz.
The 3803 isn't exactly a panty waist either, as I recall a review of the 3802 where it posted a fidelity firewall power bench test measurement rating of something like 126 or 127 watts X 2.
The VR3 when set to large/full range deserves some serious power behind it from an integrated amp or seperates, or at least a flagship AVR.