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post #2461 of 2952
Whats up friends?
This is my first post in this forum, and I wanted to share what I have been able to accumulate over the last couple of months.....

I just moved into my first home, and after spending every penny I had on the closing costs and everything else associated with it......well almost ever penny :-D

Here is my first system......
Panasonic P50ST30 (GREAT tv.)
Pioneer 1021k (got it on black firday for $299)
2x T-830's as mains. (got them for free! They are MINT.)
vr910 center (ebay)
2x VRS surrounds (Couldnt be happier......I had 2x sat6 surrounds, and much happier with the VRS surrounds.)
PV500 subwoofer (ebay)

I do want to eventually upgrade the mains, what would you suggest given what I have already?
post #2462 of 2952
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Originally Posted by FCAMARO24 View Post

I hope so, im only using a yamaha v471 so i def know I need to upgrade that in the near future. But I couldnt pass up the deal on the bostons and good reviews from what i have found. I should have a decent surround now with the rc-10 as rear surrounds. Hope it all sounds good

The Yamaha can hold you for now - the main thing is to settle on
your speakers first. You are in for an interesting expierment. I did
take the Boston down, to play some of my other speakers, and
the adventure only lasted 2 days. The Boston is going back up.
post #2463 of 2952
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Originally Posted by alphaiii View Post

And the VS325C is a good bit more sensitive than the VS260 (5dB in my room).

You must have an interesting room - it looks like Boston was aiming for
about 3db difference.
post #2464 of 2952
What else have you compaired the bostons to? And you like the bostons that much? , and i agree about the speakers first specially when can get thrm at over half off
post #2465 of 2952
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Originally Posted by FCAMARO24 View Post

What else have you compaired the bostons to? And you like the bostons that much? , and i agree about the speakers first specially when can get thrm at over half off

No guarantee that everyone will like them - and my ears may be tired.

With out being specific, and for under $1400 - I like them better than
PSB, NHT, Paradigm, Focal, Atlantic Tech, Platinum Audio, Definitive Tech,
Snell, Mirage, Boston E series, KEF, Signet, and Monitor Audio - just to
name a few.

However this does not mean, that I have finished my quest. I may or
may not, have paused for a while?
post #2466 of 2952
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

No guarantee that everyone will like them - and my ears may be tired.

With out being specific, and for under $1400 - I like them better than
PSB, NHT, Paradigm, Focal, Atlantic Tech, Platinum Audio, Definitive Tech,
Snell, Mirage, Boston E series, KEF, Signet, and Monitor Audio - just to
name a few.

However this does not mean, that I have finished my quest. I may or
may not, have paused for a while?

wow thats a decent list (atleast so I have read). So you think these speakers play to close of their msrp? My center channel comes in today. Im actually getting excited, thanks by the way i was a little nervous and mad that i droped 770 for 3 speakers at the drop of a hat but now getting ready for the test. .
post #2467 of 2952
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Originally Posted by FCAMARO24 View Post

wow thats a decent list (atleast so I have read). So you think these speakers play to close of their msrp? My center channel comes in today. Im actually getting excited, thanks by the way i was a little nervous and mad that i droped 770 for 3 speakers at the drop of a hat but now getting ready for the test. .

I will answer it this way - for some people when you mention Boston,
they will answer and say "Crap or Crappy" Well, with these speakers
I washed the crap off - and hooked them up, and they did hold their
own and out performed my $1200 (list price), Snell speakers. No speaker
is perfect, and some speakers may do some things better than the 260 -
however, with overall general performace - the VS260 stands for now.
Give them time if you do not like them at first - they do have a different
sonic character, than what some are used to. I am not a big fan for the
speaker break in theme - however with the 260, illusion or not - they did
seem to sound better after a few days. Well, at least I am more broken
in now.
post #2468 of 2952
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

I will answer it this way - for some people when you mention Boston, they will answer and say "Crap or Crappy"

Very true. If you hadn't steered me towards the E60s I don't think I would have picked them.

However, I think the higher end Boston speakers are great performers. I ripped apart the E60 the other day just to see what's going on in there and it's quality stuff. The cabinet is very sturdy and braced. The bass port is flared on the end. The woofer is a nice cast basket with a large/vented voice coil and neodymium magnet. The tweeter is also high quality and has an impressive heat sink on the the back of the neo magnet. The crossover also looks much higher quality compared to what I saw in my Polks that had a retail price of $849 each.
post #2469 of 2952
wow..so i got my 325c today and holy hell its makes that veritas mini sound like a mini!! When they say that its neutral they mean it, its very clear and and precise, it fills my room with sound .The tweeter is very sharp, not harsh but if there is a high frequency you will sure hear it. It doesnt have the low end of the rc-10 but im ok with that. Im very pleased with the center in the hour I have had it. im very much looking foward to getting the 260s so i can move the rc-10 to surround duty. These really need some power it sounds like I had to to have the gain up on the center just to keep up with the rc-10's but that was to be expected. So i have tested the speaker in 2 channel mode on my yamaha v471 and had the rc-10 on the left side and the 325c in the center I have this live acoustic version of hotel california from the eagles and i always thought it was just in a silent room with the acoustic guitar ,i actually loved that song before i heard it on the 325c, well that song is really live and i have never noiticed it before with the energy rc-10s, I was shocked how it completly different, i actually dont like it as much now as i dont really like live recordings ahahahah.
post #2470 of 2952
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Originally Posted by FCAMARO24 View Post

wow..so i got my 325c today and holy hell its makes that veritas mini sound like a mini!! When they say that its neutral they mean it, its very clear and and precise, it fills my room with sound .The tweeter is very sharp, not harsh but if there is a high frequency you will sure hear it. It doesnt have the low end of the rc-10 but im ok with that. Im very pleased with the center in the hour I have had it. im very much looking foward to getting the 260s so i can move the rc-10 to surround duty. These really need some power it sounds like I had to to have the gain up on the center just to keep up with the rc-10's but that was to be expected. So i have tested the speaker in 2 channel mode on my yamaha v471 and had the rc-10 on the left side and the 325c in the center I have this live acoustic version of hotel california from the eagles and i always thought it was just in a silent room with the acoustic guitar ,i actually loved that song before i heard it on the 325c, well that song is really live and i have never noiticed it before with the energy rc-10s, I was shocked how it completly different, i actually dont like it as much now as i dont really like live recordings ahahahah.

I got my 325 today too. I had 3, 260s and was using one as a center. I have had it running steady now for about 5 hours. As good as the 260 was as a center, this is better. More mid range. Both were detailed, but this is much louder at the same volume. I will need to recalibrate. I think my system is complete now. Fronts 260s and a 325, rears 2, 240s. I have the fronts crossed at 60 and the rears at 80. The sub is a Def Tech SC1. I may upgrade that to a SVS, that's about it. I also finally peeled the plastic off, they are ver attractive speakers.

You will love the 260s when they arrive. The go very well with the 325.
post #2471 of 2952
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Originally Posted by FCAMARO24 View Post

wow..so i got my 325c today and holy hell its makes that veritas mini sound like a mini!! When they say that its neutral they mean it, its very clear and and precise, it fills my room with sound .The tweeter is very sharp, not harsh but if there is a high frequency you will sure hear it. It doesnt have the low end of the rc-10 but im ok with that. Im very pleased with the center in the hour I have had it. im very much looking foward to getting the 260s so i can move the rc-10 to surround duty. These really need some power it sounds like I had to to have the gain up on the center just to keep up with the rc-10's but that was to be expected. So i have tested the speaker in 2 channel mode on my yamaha v471 and had the rc-10 on the left side and the 325c in the center I have this live acoustic version of hotel california from the eagles and i always thought it was just in a silent room with the acoustic guitar ,i actually loved that song before i heard it on the 325c, well that song is really live and i have never noiticed it before with the energy rc-10s, I was shocked how it completly different, i actually dont like it as much now as i dont really like live recordings ahahahah.


The VS260 will have better bass than the 325C - so get ready. The 325C is
voiced with-in a certain range, for center channel duty. Also, I do not hear
any bass bump with the 260, and that is a good thing. The 260 will produce
the bass, when the recording calls for it. Have Fun!
post #2472 of 2952
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Originally Posted by LowellG View Post

I got my 325 today too. I had 3, 260s and was using one as a center. I have had it running steady now for about 5 hours. As good as the 260 was as a center, this is better. More mid range. Both were detailed, but this is much louder at the same volume. I will need to recalibrate. I think my system is complete now. Fronts 260s and a 325, rears 2, 240s. I have the fronts crossed at 60 and the rears at 80. The sub is a Def Tech SC1. I may upgrade that to a SVS, that's about it. I also finally peeled the plastic off, they are ver attractive speakers.

I am glad that things are working out for you - continue to enjoy.
post #2473 of 2952
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Originally Posted by drewTT View Post

Very true. If you hadn't steered me towards the E60s I don't think I would have picked them.

However, I think the higher end Boston speakers are great performers. I ripped apart the E60 the other day just to see what's going on in there and it's quality stuff. The cabinet is very sturdy and braced. The bass port is flared on the end. The woofer is a nice cast basket with a large/vented voice coil and neodymium magnet. The tweeter is also high quality and has an impressive heat sink on the the back of the neo magnet. The crossover also looks much higher quality compared to what I saw in my Polks that had a retail price of $849 each.

The build quality and audio quality of the E-series is really very good and their measurements back it up. Some folks will describe the differences in different speakers and tell you which one they like and why, but rarely will you ever see the comparative measurements between the various speakers.

In other words, when someone says they prefer the midrange of one speaker over another, you can't tell if they like the midrange in one because it has an uneven frequency response with a boost in that range. Likewise when they say the highs on a speaker 'sing', is the frequency response flat or is there a peak at that range? A dip in another range?

Most folks I know of don't even really know what a flat frequency response sounds like (and don't know if their system is playing flat in their rooms).

IME, different speakers that produce a similarly fairly flat frequency response sound more alike than different, especially in the sweet spot or MLP. The only differences with speakers that have similarly flat responses may come from their directivity and radiation patterns in particular rooms/environments (eg. dipoles/bipoles vs direct radiators. narrow vs wide directivity etc.) and affect imaging and clarity dependent on room acoustics and treatments.


Max
post #2474 of 2952
I am sitting here watching The Mummy 3 and all I can say is wow to the new speakers. Detail, clarity in everything, music, sound effects, voices; it's just so cool.
post #2475 of 2952
I'm glad I read this forum and got in on the deal. I had a set of mid grade Boston Acoustics that were 25 years old, so you can just imagine how I'm enjoying these speakers. I now have VS 260s for the fronts, VS 325 center, VPS 210 subwoofer, still using the old BA for back surround. I'm amazed at how much I was missing with my old speakers.

My question is can the VS 260s be bi-amped and has anyone tried it? I have an Onkyo 808 set up as 5.1 and the receiver can bi-amp the fronts. The BA speaker manual mentions only the VS325, 344, and 336 speakers can be bi-amped. If the 260's can be bi-amped I'd figure I would try it and see if there is a difference.

Thanks,
post #2476 of 2952
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Originally Posted by Johnduce View Post

I'm glad I read this forum and got in on the deal. I had a set of mid grade Boston Acoustics that were 25 years old, so you can just imagine how I'm enjoying these speakers. I now have VS 260s for the fronts, VS 325 center, VPS 210 subwoofer, still using the old BA for back surround. I'm amazed at how much I was missing with my old speakers.

My question is can the VS 260s be bi-amped and has anyone tried it? I have an Onkyo 808 set up as 5.1 and the receiver can bi-amp the fronts. The BA speaker manual mentions only the VS325, 344, and 336 speakers can be bi-amped. If the 260's can be bi-amped I'd figure I would try it and see if there is a difference.

Thanks,

I haven't done it yet, but yes they can be bi-amped too.
post #2477 of 2952
Bi-amped the front speakers today and there is more base coming from the fronts after an Audessey setup. I like less base in my music so I will let them break in and have my friend come over with his spectrum analyzer and try calibrating them that way.
post #2478 of 2952
I am currently running my VS260s, VS325 and VS240s on a Onkyo HT - RC 260. Ran into a deal I couldn't pass up so I picked up an Outlaw Audio 7125 for $400 used. Now I need a receiver with pre amp outs so I just ordered an Onkyo HT -RC 270 for $270 Used.

My question is, should I just run the front 3 on the Outlaw, or will the 240s be able to handle the 125, which HT Mag test say they run at about 140?
post #2479 of 2952
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Originally Posted by LowellG View Post

I am currently running my VS260s, VS325 and VS240s on a Onkyo HT - RC 260. Ran into a deal I couldn't pass up so I picked up an Outlaw Audio 7125 for $400 used. Now I need a receiver with pre amp outs so I just ordered an Onkyo HT -RC 270 for $270 Used.

My question is, should I just run the front 3 on the Outlaw, or will the 240s be able to handle the 125, which HT Mag test say they run at about 140?

The 240 can handle up to 150 watts - your ears may give up first.
post #2480 of 2952
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post


The 240 can handle up to 150 watts - your ears may give up first.

I have seen some info shows 100 for them and some shows 150.
post #2481 of 2952
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

You must have an interesting room - it looks like Boston was aiming for
about 3db difference.

Well, I wasn't entirely correct when I posted that the difference was 5dB... Yes, Audyssey measured that difference in my room...

BUT, because my front 3 are positioned in a straight line parallel to the rear wall, the L/R end up being further from the mic when it's placed on axis with the center. Since that's where I run the 1st measurement, and that's the one Audyssey uses to set distance and trim levels... it's no surprise that Audyssey measured a greater difference in sensitivity.

Had I had them at equal distances from the mic, it might have been a 3dB difference as specs state.
post #2482 of 2952
Anyone can post pictures of the BA VS 240?? How about a quick video showing them
Ah, how is the bass on them? Because i will use them as front speakers in a home cinema.

Thank you!
post #2483 of 2952
Hello all, this is my first newbie post. I recently upgraded my Polk Monitor 60's and CS2 to BA VS 260's (used as mains) and 325C. Im powering them with a marantz sr5006.

My question is, would an external amp be of any benefit in powering the mains ( marantz only has 2.1 pre-outs)? My listening room is 12x15 and listening position is 12ft away. I listen to 2 channel Music pretty loud on occasion. The marantz gets pretty warm when i do. I guess im just worried the AVR wont keep up.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
post #2484 of 2952
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Originally Posted by Ryeman77 View Post

Hello all, this is my first newbie post. I recently upgraded my Polk Monitor 60's and CS2 to BA VS 260's (used as mains) and 325C. Im powering them with a marantz sr5006.

My question is, would an external amp be of any benefit in powering the mains ( marantz only has 2.1 pre-outs)? My listening room is 12x15 and listening position is 12ft away. I listen to 2 channel Music pretty loud on occasion. The marantz gets pretty warm when i do. I guess im just worried the AVR wont keep up.

Using an amp can help, the Boston does like power - however, the Marantz has decent power
and it can get warm, which is normal. Do you have good air flow around the receiver?
post #2485 of 2952
It def has plenty of airflow around it. Any recommendations on a decent amp to add to them if i go that route?

And thanks zieglj01,after months of research, your posts on the boston's persuaded me to get them. They are great speakers!!
post #2486 of 2952
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Originally Posted by Ryeman77 View Post

It def has plenty of airflow around it. Any recommendations on a decent amp to add to them if i go that route?
They are great speakers!!

Yes, the speakers are real good.

Marantz
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Emotiva
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post #2487 of 2952
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Originally Posted by malkoo0 View Post

Anyone can post pictures of the BA VS 240?? How about a quick video showing them
Ah, how is the bass on them? Because i will use them as front speakers in a home cinema.

Thank you!

Here are some pics of the 240s and my setup. I just got the Onkyo 270/708 up and running with the Outlaw Audio 7125 and what a difference. The funny thing is the auto setup put the 240s, 260s and 325 all at 40Hz. I put the 260s at 50Hz and the center and surrounds at 70Hz. The color of the top and bottom of the 240s is called ebony. It's not cherry or black.
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post #2488 of 2952
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Originally Posted by LowellG View Post

Here are some pics of the 240s and my setup.

Your bookshelf stands look interesting.
post #2489 of 2952
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

Your bookshelf stands look interesting.

My top plates were 7.5 so I just put a 1' ceramic tile on top. I will spray them later.
post #2490 of 2952
Thank you for everything, i think this thread sold the VS 240 to me

I think they sound amazing, but my amp (yamaha v465 might not be taking the best of them..)
Leave you with a photo, thank you again
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