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I intend to stick with the VPS since it provides plenty enough rumble, takes up less floor space than my old sub, and matches the look of the rest of my VS speakers.

When I first ran MCACC on my Pio, I had the sub gain set at the half way point, and the Room EQ stopped in mid cal and told me to turn the gain down on the sub before it could continue. Its now at ~30% and about -5.0dB on my receiver. Plenty of SPL margin in my room.

With the exception of the lowest octives - that sub will rock.
It is 500 watts RMS and about 1800 peak.

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Hi,
My VR970's are apparently dying, the powered subs do not stay on at low volume, and one woofer rattles when driven hard. I found a pair of VR975's on craigslist, they are claimed to be in good condition (of course) and only "a few years old". I think these went out of production in 1999, correct? They also appear in the photo to be missing the small feet.

I can audition them to make sure they are properly functional. The seller is asking $400. Is this a reasonable price? Will they nicely replace my 970's? I have a VR920 Center, an XB8 sub, VRS sides and Bravo II rears. This is all powered by a Marantz SR8002. One other thought, is there a way to connect the sub so that I can just disconnect the powered subs in the VR970's? I don't know if the XB8 sub covers the same range as the built in powered sub in the VR970.

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VS 336 pair
VS 260 pair
VS 325C
VPS 210 sub

Those retail here in Canada for a little over $9000 after taxes. I paid $1995 for the lot shipped to a buddy in Minneapolis (Vanns won't ship to Canada). It's pretty weird and it seems like it might have been the only set at that price as the same bundle is now up to $2499 which is still a great price but I'm liking the extra $500 savings even more.


It seems to good to be true so I'm still a bit leery but we'll see what happens.

Nope, not too good to be true. My speakers listed above arrived via UPS today. All sealed in boxes, all brand spanking new.

I get that there are better subs out there but I'm wired up for 7.2 anyway, so as a secondary sub it should be dandy (and doubt I'll be unhappy with it as a primary in 7.1). Plus I got the extra discount so really only paid about $320 for it.

Happy, I am.
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Nope, not too good to be true. My speakers listed above arrived via UPS today. All sealed in boxes, all brand spanking new.

I get that there are better subs out there but I'm wired up for 7.2 anyway, so as a secondary sub it should be dandy (and doubt I'll be unhappy with it as a primary in 7.1). Plus I got the extra discount so really only paid about $320 for it.

Happy, I am.

Wow! VS336's for $600/ea? How would these match up with my VR920 Center, VRS side and BravoII rear surrounds and XB8 sub? Would I be able to drive the VS336's with my Marantz SR8002?

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Wow! VS336's for $600/ea? How would these match up with my VR920 Center, VRS side and BravoII rear surrounds and XB8 sub? Would I be able to drive the VS336's with my Marantz SR8002?

-Drew

The difference in tone between the VR tweeter and the new EWB tweeter may be an issue. Also, I think the VR tweeters are more sensitive. Then again those auto setup programs on receivers may blend them together.

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Wow! VS336's for $600/ea? How would these match up with my VR920 Center, VRS side and BravoII rear surrounds and XB8 sub? Would I be able to drive the VS336's with my Marantz SR8002?

-Drew

The Marantz will drive the VS - The VR center can not keep up.
The VS series and the tweeter, is in a different league over the
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The Marantz will drive the VS - The VR center can not keep up.
The VS series and the tweeter, is in a different league over the
VR series.

Don't get started. VR tweeters rule

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Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I pulled the trigger on the VS336 mains and a VS325c center. Can't wait!

I almost bought the sub too, but I think my 12"/300w XB8 is enough.. I actually like it turned p a little more than the Audessy tells me to. I've never needed it up more than 50%. Any opinions here?

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Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I pulled the trigger on the VS336 mains and a VS325c center. Can't wait!

I almost bought the sub too, but I think my 12"/300w XB8 is enough.. I actually like it turned p a little more than the Audessy tells me to. I've never needed it up more than 50%. Any opinions here?

-Drew

Good choice - Good luck!
Try them with your sub first - however, the VS sub is a real good one - within
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Was looking at these maybe?
http://www.omnimount.com/Product/Spe...eries/30-0_WA/

Believe there are threads in the back?

My vs 260s should be coming tomorrow and am still trying to figure out how I am going to mount them...Sagecounsel, have you figured out a good way to mount them on the wall...does anyone have a good way to mount them on the wall? any good wall mounts that would support the vs 260?
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Just got my BA VS 336's, VS 325C, 260's and VPS 210 yesterday...running them with an Pio SC-37, which I was a little concerned wouldn't be enough to push them being that the VS 336's at 87db - 400w speakers, but the SC-37 pushes them perfectly fine. Let me tell you though, I can't believe how much of an upgrade they are from my previous setup... Polk M70's, CS2, M40's and PSW505. The BA's are light years ahead of the Polks...absolutely amazing...listening to some christmas music, the crispness of the horns in the songs, just amazing.
On a second note, another one of my concerns was being able to wall mount the VS 260's...I found a pretty good solution for anyone who has the same concern. I went with the Pinpoint AM-40B wall mounts...

http://www.amazon.com/Pinpoint-AM-40...=5336055023-20

Which I already had for my Polk M40's. The mounts can support up to 50lbs, which is perfect because the VS 260's come in at about 20lbs. Anyway, the mounts don't fit the 260's perfect, but what you do is on the rear of the base plate of the AM-40B there is a hole use to screw the bottom of a speaker to the plate...what you need to do is drill the hole a little bit bigger, and on the bottom of the VS 260 is a support leg with a screw to adjust the leg, unscrew the screw, drill the hole bigger in the base plate of the AM-40B to accommodate the size of the leg screw, you can then attach the leg screw to the baseplate. It seems pretty sturdy to me. See attached pictures.
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Just got my BA VS 336's, VS 325C, 260's and VPS 210 yesterday...running them with an Pio SC-37, which I was a little concerned wouldn't be enough to push them being that the VS 336's at 87db - 400w speakers, but the SC-37 pushes them perfectly fine. Let me tell you though, I can't believe how much of an upgrade they are from my previous setup... Polk M70's, CS2, M40's and PSW505. The BA's are light years ahead of the Polks...absolutely amazing...

They are for real - and those who want to pre-judge them, with out
even hearing them - do not understand, that this is not the Boston
of old. And that dimple tweeter, is very revealing and smooth. They
are even a challenge, for the Focal Chorus line. Continue to Enjoy.

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That's awesome TYATnu82
And glad you figured the wall mounting angle
That was the mount we were thinking to try
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Being new here I thought I'd throw my Bostons into the mix

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Hi,
My VR970's are apparently dying, the powered subs do not stay on at low volume, and one woofer rattles when driven hard. I found a pair of VR975's on craigslist, they are claimed to be in good condition (of course) and only "a few years old". I think these went out of production in 1999, correct? They also appear in the photo to be missing the small feet.

I can audition them to make sure they are properly functional. The seller is asking $400. Is this a reasonable price? Will they nicely replace my 970's? I have a VR920 Center, an XB8 sub, VRS sides and Bravo II rears. This is all powered by a Marantz SR8002. One other thought, is there a way to connect the sub so that I can just disconnect the powered subs in the VR970's? I don't know if the XB8 sub covers the same range as the built in powered sub in the VR970.

Regards,
Drew

I used to own a pair of the VR-975's, and was crazy about them. The bass output was insane (in a good, controlled way), and they just sounded sublime in general. The only downside was their sheer size, but you already know exactly what you're getting into in that regards. I bought mine for $500 on eBay and considered that a bargain (granted, this was 6/7 years ago).

As far as bypassing the built-in subs...you could just not plug them in. I think they were crossed over around 150hz, and it looks like the XB8 is supposed to be able to get that high though I'm not sure how well subs handle themselves at their upper limits. But wow...I think the subs alone in the 975's would be worth $400. I currently have an HSP12HO (also a 12", 300-watt Boston sub) that really isn't even comparable to the 2 in the 975's.
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What do you guys think of these as the fronts for a home theater system. Boston Acoustics CS23II, I have a Sony STR-DN1010 Reciever?

And what center would you pair with that?

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What do you guys think of these as the fronts for a home theater system. Boston Acoustics CS23II, I have a Sony STR-DN1010 Reciever?

And what center would you pair with that?

Ouch. check out Boston Acoustic's Outlet section. You do MUCh better as can pick up a complete CS2310 (refurb) set for the same price.

Don't let the refurb factor scare you off. The QA is amazing and the speakers are very well packed. I picked up my CS226 towers from there recently and I've been a convert ever since!
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What do you guys think of these as the fronts for a home theater system. Boston Acoustics CS23II, I have a Sony STR-DN1010 Reciever?

And what center would you pair with that?

The matching center would be the CS 225C II

You can get the entire 5.1 setup for the same price as that pair directly from BA:
http://www.bostonacoustics.com/CS-23...shed-P456.aspx
This is the series I version of the same speaker.

They also have refurb CS23's at a good price:
http://www.bostonacoustics.com/CS-23...shed-P457.aspx
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Hello, I am new to this forum. I have a Sub-sat 6 system from the 1990's, along with two extra matching satellites. The speakers have been sitting around my last 2 homes, as I went to full range floor-standing Source Technology speakers many years ago.
I was wondering where the best place is to post these, or if you think they are even worth anything. Just for fun, I hooked up the satellites to my home theater and was amazed at how good they still sound.
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Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I pulled the trigger on the VS336 mains and a VS325c center. Can't wait!

I almost bought the sub too, but I think my 12"/300w XB8 is enough.. I actually like it turned p a little more than the Audessy tells me to. I've never needed it up more than 50%. Any opinions here?

-Drew

Speakers arrived last night! Hooked them up. The good: they sound amazing! The bad: One is damaged, was dropped en route. and the lacquer and MDF are damaged around the front left foot. Did not notice it until I peeled off the plastic. It looks like Vann's is going to make good on it. I'll keep you all posted.

Also, They do sound great but I do think I can benefit from a bit more oomph in the amplifier section. When I play rock at high volume, the sound gets a bit muddied. I'm still playing with amp configurations though. My amp is a Marantz SR8002 with 125w/ch. I am considering the Christmas special on the Emotiva XPA-3. I just would need to find a place to put it, that thing is huge, especially when you consider ventilation needs.

I have noticed that I do not like the Audessy generated EQ settings. Flat sounds a lot better to my ears.

-Drew

P.S. will also be selling my VR920 Center and VR970's. They are usable, but the 970's need a little work. if you are interested, and live close enough to the SF South Bay area to pick them up, IM me.
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^^^^ I am glad that you like them - they like power.
And, I agree about Audessy.

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Speakers arrived last night! Hooked them up. The good: they sound amazing! The bad: One is damaged, was dropped en route. and the lacquer and MDF are damaged around the front left foot. Did not notice it until I peeled off the plastic. It looks like Vann's is going to make good on it. I'll keep you all posted.

Also, They do sound great but I do think I can benefit from a bit more oomph in the amplifier section. When I play rock at high volume, the sound gets a bit muddied. I'm still playing with amp configurations though. My amp is a Marantz SR8002 with 125w/ch. I am considering the Christmas special on the Emotiva XPA-3. I just would need to find a place to put it, that thing is huge, especially when you consider ventilation needs.

I have noticed that I do not like the Audessy generated EQ settings. Flat sounds a lot better to my ears.

-Drew

P.S. will also be selling my VR920 center and VR970 mains. They are usable, but the 970's need a little work. if you are interested, and live close enough to the SF South Bay area to pick them up, IM me.

I got the same setup from vanns, i lucked out with no damage to mine...but they are amazing speakers. I have a Pio sc-37, 140w per channel and ran MCACC, i think they sound great...whats weird is listening to the speakers with MCACC sounds almost the same as pure direct...i was worried that i would need to get a amp also, but i don't think im going to need to.
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Ordered the VS sub yesterday, think I will be completing the set soon. I've wanted these speakers since I read the review for them in Sound & Vision, and even though I don't even have the room for them right now, I think it would be stupid not to take the jump now considering the price. I wonder how much better they are then the Martin Logan Preface I have in my living room now...
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Ordered the VS sub yesterday, think I will be completing the set soon. I've wanted these speakers since I read the review for them in Sound & Vision, and even though I don't even have the room for them right now, I think it would be stupid not to take the jump now considering the price. I wonder how much better they are then the Martin Logan Preface I have in my living room now...

Too bad. The prices for the 260, 325, and sub has dropped another $50.

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Call em back slaughter they'll honor it I bet
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They will honor it. I called up and got $100 back on the bookshelves. It reads in their policy if the price changes within 15 days of order being placed they will credit you the difference.
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They will honor it. I called up and got $100 back on the bookshelves. It reads in their policy if the price changes within 15 days of order being placed they will credit you the difference.

Awesome. I wonder if I should give this series a shot. I did try the 325 center but it did not measure up to my vr tweeters. The downside is that I did not rerun audyssey after installing it. . I actually prefer the look of the RS series. Also, their woofers look better. They must be clearing them out to introduce something new.

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I called them and they credited me the $50 back,s o I went ahead and ordered the center and a couple of bookshelfs. Now I just need two fronts, but that might have to wait until after tax season. I think I want to get Panny VT since I'm in a top of the line kind of month.
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Is the VS series significantly better than the VR1,2,3,M50,M60,VRC, VRMC series? I know they are beautiful to look at but do they sound that much better?

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^^^^
To me, the VS is more neutral sounding and has greater resolution - and throws a
better soundstage, with better detail, definition and depth. For some people, it will
be an adjustment - and may take time to get use to the different sound character.
It is possible for movies and music, that some people may prefer the more lively type
sound of the VR tweeter - however to me, the VS tweeter has overall better extension,
and is more natural sounding. The VS speaker sounds more balanced and cohesive to
me - the VS sounds more realistic, and does not emphasise the midrange or treble. This
still does not mean, that you may prefer the VS overall - what matters is what will bring
you the most pleasure.

The VS does require more power, to bring out the best in them.

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