I want to thank you commenters for your discussion of the VS 260 speakers. I had never heard any Boston Acoustics speakers and wasn't sure whether to buy them, and you convinced me. They've now arrived and I'm quite pleased.
They're hooked up with a 2-channel Yamaha 50 watts/channel receiver (I don't care about surround sound or home theater). They're not as bright-sounding as some very old Bang & Olufsen bookshelf speakers we have, but with a 250 watt capacity, you can really crank them up (not the B & O's).
For the money ($250 each at Vann's), this has to be a good buy. They must be at least as good as the RS 260s, which sell for $400.