Originally Posted by Mkard
Private party sale. Again, L + R, + VR center. Less than 5 large. I understand the VR3's are about vintage 2006/7.
I bought mine on clearance in mid 2006. $500 sounds about right to maybe a tad high. I tried to get that for mine on Craigslist and eventually gave up. But the economy is really depressed around here and I'm a long drive from most buyers.
The isolation issue. Hardwood engineered floor is free-floating on "bubble"pad on two layers of 3/4" plywood secured to standing 2x4's over concrete on ground floor. I was thinking of using 3/8 felt pads under speakers. It sounds as though you think that might not do it. I'll look into specialized isolation pads, bearing in mind the WAF!!
The pictures I've seen are pretty nice with the VR3's in cherry. Wife's floors are rosewood.
Mine are cherry and are gorgeous. The fit and finish on the black ones that I demoed at Magnolia was just plain poor. I'm not sure how stable towers will be on SpeakerDudes or a pair pf MoPads but they don't look bad at all. The rubber and cork anti-vibration pads from supersoundproofing won't decouple as well but should be stable and look okay if you paint the edges black. I have carpet and it's been years since I've had speakers on bare hardwood. Maybe spikes and disks? I've never tried them on hardwood.
sholling, any thoughts on the posited "warm/bright" thing? I have tried klipsch with our yamahas, (in 2004 and in 2010) and didn't like it either time. Boston's might play better with our receiver? Characteristics a little more like conventional design Paradigms? Your thinking please.
The receiver doesn't matter - Klipsch are just bright speakers. They can be very detailed but they can be fatiguing as heck to. Very much a love them or hate them speaker.
The VR3s are warmer with a rich sound to them and very good imaging. Easy to listen to for hours. I haven't been able to enjoy mine for a few years because they need a bit of room and my family room is way too constricted for rear ported speakers. I suggest at least 2' to their rear and at least 2-3' to the side walls. Otherwise I'd still be using them. But for me it was cheaper to order custom speakers than it was to remodel my house.
Just keep in mind that with any speaker a room like that can be challenging. Treatments can help and can be made reasonably attractive. The photo below is the back wall of my family room. Sorry about the censorship but I'm not sure about forum rules.