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post #2311 of 2952
I ended getting a pair of CS260II for 100 bucks out the door.I have a onkyo 605 receiver and ran the auto calibration not happy with the out come. What is the best receiver settings for these speakers?
post #2312 of 2952
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Originally Posted by sceavis View Post

I ended getting a pair of CS260II for 100 bucks out the door.I have a onkyo 605 receiver and ran the auto calibration not happy with the out come. What is the best receiver settings for these speakers?

What is it about the sound, that you do not like?
How are they set up in your room - and what subwoofer are you using?
post #2313 of 2952
I liked the sound before the calibration .It just set the speaker levels in strange direction.Raised the surrounds +5 allot and dropped the sub to -14 and the center to -6.My sub is from the speaker company TheSpeakerCompany T300 sub:

Type: 10" Powered Subwoofer (x2)
Woofer(s): Two 10 (25.4cm), side firing
Cone Material: Aluminum
Driver Surround: Rubber
Port: Front Slot
Power Modes: On / Off / Auto Sensing / Standby
Inputs: Speaker Level, 2ch RCA, LFE RCA
Amplifier Type: BASH - Class D
Dynamic Power: 1200 Watts
Peak Power: 600 Watts
RMS Power: 300 Watts
Frequency Response: 19 -150Hz +/- 3dB
Crossover Frequency: Variable Low Pass Filter 50Hz-150Hz @ 18dB/oct
post #2314 of 2952
I have them set up about a foot off the wall and the sub in a corner ..My center is a Klipsch will be getting a matching center soon the store did not have one
post #2315 of 2952
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Originally Posted by sceavis View Post

I have them set up about a foot off the wall and the sub in a corner ..My center is a Klipsch will be getting a matching center soon the store did not have one

For me I fired auto calibration a long time ago - however, I see
where it can help a lot of people. I would set the towers for an
80 hz crossover - let the subs handle the rest of the bass. Use
the manuel test tones, to set the center and the surrounds. If
you have any room, try to move the towers up another 6 inches.
post #2316 of 2952
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

For me I fired auto calibration a long time ago - however, I see
where it can help a lot of people. I would set the towers for an
80 hz crossover - let the subs handle the rest of the bass. Use
the manuel test tones, to set the center and the surrounds. If
you have any room, try to move the towers up another 6 inches.

Thanks for your help !!!
post #2317 of 2952
I was just at a salvation army and they had a pair of CR9's for 50 bucks I picked them up and I love them over the CS260II for my mains much warmer and open sound so the other speakers going back.I know the CR9 is older what would be a good matching center for it thanks?
post #2318 of 2952
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Originally Posted by sceavis View Post

I was just at a salvation army and they had a pair of CR9's for 50 bucks I picked them up and I love them over the CS260II for my mains much warmer and open sound so the other speakers going back.I know the CR9 is older what would be a good matching center for it thanks?

Good deal - the Boston CR2 center, would be a good match.
post #2319 of 2952
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

Good deal - the Boston CR2 center, would be a good match.

Thank you for being so kind and helping.
post #2320 of 2952
Hi Guys,
new to the thread here, I have been doing some upgrading to the system of late.
I have been a boston acoustics fan for decades.
I have owned and still do the following
T930, HD5, ,CR95
NEW TO THE COLLECTION ARE
VR 12 Center (Ebay roughed up a little but still functional and good price $125)
AND A PAIR OF CHERRY VR1'S (found on craigslist absolutely mint with boxes for $160)

Supporting cast members are;
Denon DVD-3800bdci (used but new to me, can't afford $2000 when new)
Boston AVR-7120 (bought new from 1-call)
Legacy Audio Foundation Subwoofer (Ebay purchase 2-highend 12")
Adcom GFA555 powering the Foundation Sub. (Craigslist)
All being protected by a Monster Audio HTS3600 mk 2 (Ebay)

The main system in the Living room had the 930s working as mains with a MBQuart center and the 95's performing side surrounds and the a pair of the HD5's pulling up the rear.

I added the VR12 as the MBQuart was a poor match and quickly found the 930's matched the VR12 even worse than the MB, disappointment was followed by delight when I found the VR1' last week. I intended to use them to replace the 95's as the side surrounds but tried them up front on a fluke to test the sonic match. It was so clean a match that I left them.
I spent half a day getting placement and level matches done with this new arrangement, before trying out the new Blu Ray player on the intended media for which it was designed. Last night we watched Avatar because of the good reviews on the recording qualities and it is a fun movie.
WOW, WOW, AND WOW!!!
The blending was so smooth and the whole system was cohesive with no apparent issues, that even my wife agreed that she was blown away by the improvement. She is not the audio nut that I am, nice side benefit the VR1's get the nod on SAF.

Future plans are to find a used set of Vr-M90's in cherry or worst case a set of VR3's move the VR1's to side usage and just enjoy the experience.

What are your thoughts?
Terry
post #2321 of 2952
The price on the VS center (325c) just dropped to $280 @ Vanns.
post #2322 of 2952
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Originally Posted by SlaughterX View Post

The price on the VS center (325c) just dropped to $280 @ Vanns.

ARGGHHH!!!!!!!! I JUST received my VS260's today from Vanns and was about to tell people what I thought about them.....then I saw this!! I was going to try to see how my VR920 center worked with them......but at $280 for that speaker I would be a fool NOT to get it!!
post #2323 of 2952
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Originally Posted by SlaughterX View Post

The price on the VS center (325c) just dropped to $280 @ Vanns.

That is wild!
post #2324 of 2952
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

That is wild!

eta: spoke to soon...gotta click on it...
post #2325 of 2952
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Originally Posted by NewToHT View Post

ARGGHHH!!!!!!!! I JUST received my VS260's today from Vanns and was about to tell people what I thought about them.....then I saw this!! I was going to try to see how my VR920 center worked with them......but at $280 for that speaker I would be a fool NOT to get it!!

I bought 3 260s to get the same front sound stage. Still waiting for them to arrive. Wish they would drop the price of the 240s. They don't even have them listed at retail price.
post #2326 of 2952
Hi, I have a pair of CS226s for mains (250W) and CS225C for center (175W). As these are only average sensitivity (89dB) and I will be running a 7.1 system of a Yamaha AVR rated at 95WPC, I am strongly looking at getting an external amp to power the front soundstage.

Anybody out there with this same system and using an external amp? Wondering what brand goes well with these and how much power do I reasonably need?

Have been considering an Emotiva XPA-3 or 5, but not married to it. Preferably like to keep cost under $800, but might be able to stretch to $1k. Build quality, sound, looks are all important factors.

Any thoughts?
post #2327 of 2952
You may want to check first if your receiver has pre-outs to even accept an amp. As for how much power do you need.... What is your room size? What model Yamaha do you have? If it's a smaller room then your Yamaha should be ok.
post #2328 of 2952
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Originally Posted by phantomchess View Post

Looks like Vanns got the VS-240 speakers in stock. After they discount them they will probably be $150 each. VS-240

Does anybody know how long it took them to put the 260s at a discount?

I emailed Vanns to point out they are asking $599.99 for something that has a retail price of $399.99 on the BA website. They offered them to me at $379.99 each. Guess I won't be getting them anytime soon.
post #2329 of 2952
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Originally Posted by LowellG View Post


I emailed Vanns to point out they are asking $599.99 for something that has a retail price of $399.99 on the BA website. They offered them to me at $379.99 each. Guess I won't be getting them anytime soon.

I already own a pair of them also - however, I also Emailed them
last Friday - they say that marketing handles it, and they offered
me $399 each - so in a way, the price is coming down.

The E60 is real close to the VS series - however, they will not timbre
match. In surround mode, it would not be that big a deal for movies.
http://www.amazon.com/Boston-Acousti.../dp/B001H9O1CG

This is a better picture of the E60
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-ECXZHe5...60-Cherry.html
post #2330 of 2952
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Originally Posted by NewToHT View Post

You may want to check first if your receiver has pre-outs to even accept an amp. As for how much power do you need.... What is your room size? What model Yamaha do you have? If it's a smaller room then your Yamaha should be ok.



The AVR is an RX-A800 - it does have pre-outs. Room size is approximately 19 x 22 x 7.5. (ie. ~ 3,000 cubic feet).

Along the same wall as the TV and front soundstage there is a passthru to an adjoining room, but doors will remain closed most of the time. At the back of the room (left side) there is an opening to a stairwell (room is in the basement).

I may not absolutely need external amplification, as I do not listen at reference levels, but my thinking was that amplifying the front would at least take some of the load off of the Yamaha. Kind of thought "go big or go home", which is why I was thinking something in the 150 - 200WPC range, as opposed to something 100 or 125 - but I'm open to knowledge if this would be enough (amps in this watt range are way cheaper...)
post #2331 of 2952
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Originally Posted by AC2011 View Post

The AVR is an RX-A800 - it does have pre-outs. Room size is approximately 19 x 22 x 7.5. (ie. ~ 3,000 cubic feet).

Along the same wall as the TV and front soundstage there is a passthru to an adjoining room, but doors will remain closed most of the time. At the back of the room (left side) there is an opening to a stairwell (room is in the basement).

I may not absolutely need external amplification, as I do not listen at reference levels, but my thinking was that amplifying the front would at least take some of the load off of the Yamaha. Kind of thought "go big or go home", which is why I was thinking something in the 150 - 200WPC range, as opposed to something 100 or 125 - but I'm open to knowledge if this would be enough (amps in this watt range are way cheaper...)

Wow.....that's a huge room! In all honesty you may want to get an amp. I would listen to your current setup first in the room for a movie or whatever you would normally use it for. Check to see how warm the receiver gets when you are done. The one thing I love about Yamaha's is their reliability and that they typically run pretty cool. Check it out....see what you think and then see if you need an amp. If you have to turn the receiver up quite a bit to get it to the volume you like.....then that Emo is a really nice amp for the money!
post #2332 of 2952
Hey folks, new guy here. I am very interested in the new BA A series. Specifically the A26 and the A360's. I have no place close to audition them and there is just not much info out there to go on. I saw some earlier posts from new owners and would love to pick their brain. From what I can gather they are a smooth somewhat laid back speaker which is what I am looking for, but I still want a detailed speaker. Some speakers are too laid back to the point of a very dull and veiled sound and I sure don't want that.

Any additional info I could get would be greatly appreciated. I would be pairing them with a mid priced Yamaha HT receiver which to me is plenty crisp in the mids and highs. My room is approx. 15x20ft. My main concern is getting decent detail and transparency without being overly bright. I realize these are budget speakers and there will be compromises. My current speakers are Polk RTi6 and they matched my old Sony ES receiver pretty well but they are not a good match for me with the Yammie, at least for music which is my priority. Thanks for your time.
post #2333 of 2952
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

I already own a pair of them also - however, I also Emailed them
last Friday - they say that marketing handles it, and they offered
me $399 each - so in a way, the price is coming down.

The E60 is real close to the VS series - however, they will not timbre
match. In surround mode, it would not be that big a deal for movies.
http://www.amazon.com/Boston-Acousti.../dp/B001H9O1CG

This is a better picture of the E60
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-ECXZHe5...60-Cherry.html

I have some HS40s so I will stick with them until the VS 240s come down in price.
post #2334 of 2952
My apologies if this is already answered in the thread and I missed it, but what are the differences tonally and performance-wise between the E-series and the VS-series?

I am kind of inclined to wait to buy new speakers at the moment and all things being equal would be fine buying used (hence thinking, logically speaking, the E-series should be a better bargain if a nice set comes up for the right price), however the prices of the VS-260 and VS-325c from Vanns has me at least considering it.

Any guidance or pro's/con's?

-Cheers
post #2335 of 2952
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Originally Posted by Dave_I View Post

My apologies if this is already answered in the thread and I missed it, but what are the differences tonally and performance-wise between the E-series and the VS-series?
-Cheers

This is how it goes for me - they both have a lively sound character
and still sound smooth.

I own both - I give the edge to the VS260. And the E60, also has solid
resolution with good detail, definition and depth. I prefer the tweeter
in the 260 - The E60 does have a somewhat holographic sound, and HT
Mag measured the bass -3db at 65 hz. The 260 tends to sound a little
more realistic to me, with a somewhat better soundstage - and a little
bit better bass definition. I also own the VS240, and did own the small
E40 speaker - they have the same size woofer, and the 240 has more
bass authority and digs a little lower.
post #2336 of 2952
Can't find a decent cr-2 to go with cr-9 for my front stage.Is there any other centers recommended to go with the cr9?
post #2337 of 2952
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Originally Posted by sceavis View Post

Can't find a decent cr-2 to go with cr-9 for my front stage.Is there any other centers recommended to go with the cr9?

I think the CRC center uses the same 1" Kortec tweeter so it would probably work well.
post #2338 of 2952
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Originally Posted by sceavis View Post

Can't find a decent cr-2 to go with cr-9 for my front stage.Is there any other centers recommended to go with the cr9?

The CRC
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Boston-Acous...item2ebae5f541
post #2339 of 2952
I had a hard time finding speaker stands for the VS 260. After some searching I found one that worked for me -- the Sanus SF-22.

It has a 8.5 x 8.5 top plate. The depth is enough to support the back foot, and the about half the front flat part under the baffle -- the speaker sits on it pretty well.

They retail for $128, but can be had as low as $93.
post #2340 of 2952
I bought 3 VS 260s for a front sound stage. They aren't here yet, but I have a question. I can't stand the center straight up. Will it harm the speaker placing on its side and does it impact the sound?
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