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Hey all,

I bought Boston Acoustics VR-M50's for front speakers about 7 years ago. I'm ready to unstone-age my receiver (HDMI in/out, etc) and was wondering if these speakers were good enough that I'd only need to get rears/center/sub.
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Awesome, next questions:

I really don't want to break the bank on the other speakers.

- Do I need to get Boston Acoustic brand for my center channel? I heard I did if I wanted the sound to remain consistant...
- Anyone have recommendations for 'em? I wanted to spend less than $500 on my home audio solution and, since my receiver'll probably be around $2-300, that gives me $200-$300 to play with for the center/rears/sub.
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Awesome, next questions:

I really don't want to break the bank on the other speakers.

- Do I need to get Boston Acoustic brand for my center channel? I heard I did if I wanted the sound to remain consistant...
- Anyone have recommendations for 'em? I wanted to spend less than $500 on my home audio solution and, since my receiver'll probably be around $2-300, that gives me $200-$300 to play with for the center/rears/sub.
Ah, if $200 to $300 on centers rear and sub is going to "break the bank" I'd stick with 2 channel. That budget will not get you anything near the quality of the Bostons.

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The problem with that, is the B.A.'s have absolutely NO bass. I'd at least need to get a sub.

I definitely need to get one (hoping around $150)...would it be bad to not get a center channel or would the 2 B.A.'s and a sub be sufficient?
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underspend and you will be underwhelmed, save up a little more cash
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$$ isn't really a concern so much that I'm trying to be as frugal as possible. I just moved into a 1-bed and have to buy EVERYTHING on my own now :)

It doesn't take much to impress me, so I don't feel I need to buy the best of the best for A/V stuff. What about the Sony SA-WX700. It looks like I could get this for $200.

Also, is the center channel important or is the sub and B.A.'s sufficient?
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"Corky T",

I worked in BA's engineering department during the development of the VRM-50, VRM-60, and VRM-90. They are all EXCELLENT speakers that should last a LONG time if well cared for. A few comments:

1) Don't even try to get bass out of these....you will break them. If you set your receiver to "small" front speakers, and let the subwoofer handle all the bass, you will enjoy your 50's even more.

2) Acoupower subs are out of your price range....but do take the time to save some mulla and get something reasonable. Many guys here will be glad to help.

3) Center channels are good for movies. It is nice to hear the voices near the screen and not on each side of them. A center channel is not a must if music is what you listen to the most.

4) Having all the speakers voiced (sound character) the same is not a must. However, keep in mind all BA speakers are voiced for power response (average room response), NOT on axis response. This is why many consider BA speakers to be bright. They are bright on axis, but usually provide and excellent average sound throughout the listeing room. Many BA speakers are good enought for critical music listening, but if you are going to set up that "perfect" strereo triangle, angle BA speakers and other voiced like them a bit off to the side!

Anyhow, best of luck,

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$$ isn't really a concern so much that I'm trying to be as frugal as possible. I just moved into a 1-bed and have to buy EVERYTHING on my own now :)

It doesn't take much to impress me, so I don't feel I need to buy the best of the best for A/V stuff. What about the Sony SA-WX700. It looks like I could get this for $200.

Also, is the center channel important or is the sub and B.A.'s sufficient?
there are a lot smarter people here than me, but both are important, a lot goes on in Ht from the center, from the sub you will get the big footstep sounds like in jurrasic park, explosions, get 1 now and 1 later, you need both IMO
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Thanks Carlos. That's some good info.

I think I'll take monsteraudio's advice and buy the sub first, and center/rears later. I'll try out my old-school Infinity for the center channel and see how it sounds.

I've got another thread going about ~$200 subs that will probably be sufficient for my current needs. At least, I hope so!
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Found an H100 for $190. Bought it and it should be en route shortly!
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CorkyT: Go get the matching center from AudioAdvisor.com right now for $333. Do without surrounds for a while, or just hook up any old thing for the time being. Later you could get another pair of VR-M50s (or 60s) from AudioAdvisor (as long as they still have them at the low prices), and move your old ones to surround duties. Good luck!
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They are fine speakers, enjoy.

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CorkyT: Go get the matching center from AudioAdvisor.com right now for $333. Do without surrounds for a while, or just hook up any old thing for the time being. Later you could get another pair of VR-M50s (or 60s) from AudioAdvisor (as long as they still have them at the low prices), and move your old ones to surround duties. Good luck!
That seems like a lot of money for a center channel. Will it make THAT much of a difference than to just leave it to the mains?
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Having a center anchors the dialogue to the screen. This is an issue if you're going to have people sitting off-axis. If you're the only one who would really care about this, and you'll always be in the sweet spot, then by all means, go for the phantom center! Another benefit is that having 3 speakers across the front means that each one is doing a little less work, so dynamics could be better, depending on how hard you push your system.
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Many BA speakers are good enought for critical music listening, but if you are going to set up that "perfect" strereo triangle, angle BA speakers and other voiced like them a bit off to the side!
Interesting. I have found that my VR3s don't really need any toe in - is this kind of what you are referring to?
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Sounds like it Steve, though the amount of toe in will depend on room acoustics and speaker positioning.

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I haven't heard the newer BA speakers, but I loved my A60's (from approx. 1982.) When they finally quit on me (after around 17 years), it was like losing a freind.
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In my opinion the most important 3rd speaker is the subwoofer if your mains are decent quality. The H100 is a good choice. For the receiver though I am not a fan of the Sony products. Pioneer, Panasonic etc. are what I'd look at.

When you get around to a center speaker I would definitely spend the money to get a BA. Matching is very important, and so much information goes through the center that the money you pay will be well spent.

For the rears matching is not as important and you can easily go with a different brand.

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Okay, so it sounds like I'm better off not buying the center unless I buy the good, matching, one.

I'm not a big audiophile so I may be okay with just the mains and the sub. I'll guess I'll find out in a week or so. Thanks everyone!
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