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post #2641 of 2952
Hi everybody... I'm curious if it'd be ok to power my VR-3's with 440w rms amp? I know that a lot of people will buy higher power amplifiers than what their speakers are rated for so that they'll have that extra headroom and better sound. The amplifier that i'm thinking of purchasing is a crown xls 2500 rated at 440w x 2 @ 8 ohms. My real intentions for this amp is to power 2 JL 10W7's that I have but still need to make a box for each of them to put in my home theater. In the mean time I was thinking of using the amp to power my VR-3's. This will be used for watching movies 90% of the time.

Thank you for your reply!


My current setup:

Processor: Onkyo PR-SC885
AMP: Rotel RMB-1095 (200 watts rms x 5)
Fronts: Boston Acoustics VR-3
Center: Boston Acoustics VR-12
Surrounds: Boston Acoustics Micro 90
Sub: None at the moment
post #2642 of 2952
Quote:
Originally Posted by Audiophile1178 View Post

Hi everybody... I'm curious if it'd be ok to power my VR-3's with 440w rms amp? I know that a lot of people will buy higher power amplifiers than what their speakers are rated for so that they'll have that extra headroom and better sound. The amplifier that i'm thinking of purchasing is a crown xls 2500 rated at 440w x 2 @ 8 ohms. My real intentions for this amp is to power 2 JL 10W7's that I have but still need to make a box for each of them to put in my home theater. In the mean time I was thinking of using the amp to power my VR-3's. This will be used for watching movies 90% of the time.

Thank you for your reply!


My current setup:

Processor: Onkyo PR-SC885
AMP: Rotel RMB-1095 (200 watts rms x 5)
Fronts: Boston Acoustics VR-3
Center: Boston Acoustics VR-12
Surrounds: Boston Acoustics Micro 90
Sub: None at the moment
There should be no problem as long as you (or anyone else) don't crank the volumes to ridiculous levels. That amp DOES have enough power to blow the drivers if you crank it.

That said, if there are other folks in the house that you might have to worry about, who might turn it up when you're not around,
A) they're pro amps, and do have a gain knob on the front. You could try setting that at half to 2/3rds to limit maximum output. If you're concerned about children for instance, who might turn those knobs up, there should be a setting in your Onkyo that allows you to limit the maximum volume.


Max.
post #2643 of 2952
Will be listing a mint black VRC in the classifieds soon but figured I would give the loyal BA fans first chance at it, if anyone is interested shoot me a PM (have original box for shipping).

Just picked up a local VR12 and, as many others have said in the past, this has to be one of the best centers that I have ever heard, regardless of brand.

Thanks,
Jason
post #2644 of 2952
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Originally Posted by DaGamePimp View Post

Will be listing a mint black VRC in the classifieds soon but figured I would give the loyal BA fans first chance at it, if anyone is interested shoot me a PM (have original box for shipping).
Just picked up a local VR12 and, as many others have said in the past, this has to be one of the best centers that I have ever heard, regardless of brand.
Thanks,
Jason

What did you pay for that VR12? I've got a used one I'm looking to sell. Curious how much they go for.
post #2645 of 2952
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Originally Posted by globalgreg View Post

What did you pay for that VR12? I've got a used one I'm looking to sell. Curious how much they go for.

I have been watching them for a while and tried to get a VR14 as well but the VR12's still seem to sell used around $200 in good condition. I have seen a mint one go for $280 and a slightly banged up one go for $150. I got really lucky and scored mine for less than any other deal I have seen and it's in great condition (9/10).

Best of luck but I don't think you'll need it as these truly are unmatched centers at these current prices.

Jason
post #2646 of 2952
Stunning new line with interesting center(2.5" BMR-Balanced Mode Radiator instead of 1" tweeter).eek.gif

http://www.bostonacoustics.com/US/Product/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?CatId=HomeAudio(BostonAcoustics_US)&SubCatId=MSeries(BostonAcoustics_US)&Pid=M25B(BostonAcoustics)
Edited by morrischestnut60 - 9/17/12 at 11:19am
post #2647 of 2952




post #2648 of 2952
^^^
They look good and interesting - I would like to hear them.
post #2649 of 2952
Would any of our BA experts take a look at my thread I started about a vintage Subsat 6 system please.

Trying to buy some upgraded satellites.
post #2650 of 2952
Selling my E60 monitors in excellent condition. The sides are custom finished in "carbon fiber" look.

For sale ad is in the Classifieds. See the link in my sig for pics.
Edited by drewTT - 10/2/12 at 1:42pm
post #2651 of 2952
Hey guys been reading this thread for awhile and really want to check out the boston sound as it seems like the type of sound I like based on various people's accounts on the warm, full sound they produce. I'm looking for a pair of towers but my question is what would be a good pair to get that resemble the classic Boston Sound? I'm talking older speakers that I can find used to test them out, I love the look of the new A250 and A360 on their site just not sure I want to take the chance on new ones if I don't like them. I typically go for the setups that have two 5 1/4 or 6 1/2 inch drivers and do use them for home theater but am mostly interested in music since I'm not all that picky about home theater sound.

If it matters I have a Polk setup currently with Monitor 60's as my mains which I'm pretty happy with but really I've never experimented with much else.
post #2652 of 2952
If you can find them anywhere, I've been enjoying my VR3s for nearly 7 years now.
post #2653 of 2952
The VR series is a nice series.
Also, one way to test - buy a pair of the A26 bookshelves to test out.
If you do not like them, then send them back. >> However, if you do
like them, send them back and exchange them for some towers.
http://www.onecall.com/boston-acoustics-a26-white-ea-open-box-2-way-bookshelf-speaker
post #2654 of 2952
Have a pair of vr-970 speakers. The amp light stays on on one of the speakers. Unit is functional as is but never shuts off. Any solutions?
post #2655 of 2952
I have the VR 960 and the same problem. Way out of warranty so I just live with it.

Bobby
post #2656 of 2952
Hi everybody,
Does someone with the Soundware S could give me the dimensions ?
I bought a pack today and mine are 10,4cms in width and height and 12 cms in depth.
On the Boston Website, they say 13,8*13,8*14,3 !!
Where is the difference ?
Many thanks.
(Excuse me for my bad english, i write you from France)
post #2657 of 2952
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Originally Posted by jwx41600 View Post

Have a pair of vr-970 speakers. The amp light stays on on one of the speakers. Unit is functional as is but never shuts off. Any solutions?

My VR-975 pair does this as well. The internal AMP is not shutting off if you are seeing the red LED (and they continue to draw power). I solved this problem by putting the speaker AMPs on a switched power outlet that turns on/off with the stereo outlet. I use an APC battery backup with switchable ports but Belkin has a stand alone power strip that has conditional switching outlets as well.
post #2658 of 2952
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWall92 View Post

Hi everybody,
Does someone with the Soundware S could give me the dimensions ?
I bought a pack today and mine are 10,4cms in width and height and 12 cms in depth.
On the Boston Website, they say 13,8*13,8*14,3 !!
Where is the difference ?
Many thanks.
(Excuse me for my bad english, i write you from France)

Nobody to answer me ?smile.gif
post #2659 of 2952
Thanks. I will look into it
post #2660 of 2952
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Originally Posted by SteveCallas View Post

If you can find them anywhere, I've been enjoying my VR3s for nearly 7 years now.

+1 I have VR3's as my mains, as well as, my surrounds and I'm using a VR12 as my center. Everything is being powered by a Rotel RMB-1095 (200w RMS x 5). I bought the VR3's for ~$300/piece which I consider to be a great deal for what they are and bought the VR12 brand new back in 1999 (I think). It's been way too long but I don't think that there's much out there (mass market that is) that would beat the VR12.
post #2661 of 2952
Quote:
Originally Posted by aarons915 View Post

Hey guys been reading this thread for awhile and really want to check out the boston sound as it seems like the type of sound I like based on various people's accounts on the warm, full sound they produce. I'm looking for a pair of towers but my question is what would be a good pair to get that resemble the classic Boston Sound? I'm talking older speakers that I can find used to test them out, I love the look of the new A250 and A360 on their site just not sure I want to take the chance on new ones if I don't like them. I typically go for the setups that have two 5 1/4 or 6 1/2 inch drivers and do use them for home theater but am mostly interested in music since I'm not all that picky about home theater sound.

If it matters I have a Polk setup currently with Monitor 60's as my mains which I'm pretty happy with but really I've never experimented with much else.
If you can find them, take a look at BA's E-series. I have 2 sets of them, with E100 mains, E70's and E60's, one in the Gloss Cherry and the other in the Black Walnut. Been using the Black Walnut set (E100 Mains, E70 Center and Surrounds and E60 Wides). The Cherry set (E100 Mains + 3 E70's) is still BNIB. Been wanting to set the Cherry setup in the bedroom when I was looking to move into a new place, but now work is taking me elsewhere so I'll be moving to a different city. Hopefully I'll find a new place where I can still set up the bedroom 5.1 too.

IMO, the E100's represented one of the pinnacles of BA's speakers. Their downfall was that they cost too much to make and folks weren't willing to pay the MSRP for them. They are amazing speakers though, and sound really, really good. To get the most out of the E100's though, they DO require a good amount of power. Powering them with something like a 100 wpc receiver, they'll sound pretty good. Give them some juice though and they're pretty amazing I ended up getting some Emotiva XPA-1's for the E100's and realized just how much bass these puppies can put out. Enough to rattle the windows easily, and they can still sound SO sweet. Jackie Evancho's voice on 'Nella Fantasia'... Wow....

Their imaging when positioned properly is also fantastic. One of my favorite test tracks is the Drum Improv by Jim Keltner on the Sheffield Labs Drum and Track disc. You can place each drum and snare, each cymbal, and of course, with sufficient power, this track THUMPS. Played back on a good system with good speakers and amplification, it will sound like a live drummer on a real drum set in the room.


Max
Edited by djbluemax1 - 11/22/12 at 9:48pm
post #2662 of 2952
Quote:
Originally Posted by djbluemax1 View Post

If you can find them, take a look at BA's E-series. I have 2 sets of them, with E100 mains, E70's and E60's, one in the Gloss Cherry and the other in the Black Walnut. Been using the Black Walnut set (E100 Mains, E70 Center and Surrounds and E60 Wides). The Cherry set (E100 Mains + 3 E70's) is still BNIB. Been wanting to set the Cherry setup in the bedroom when I was looking to move into a new place, but now work is taking me elsewhere so I'll be moving to a different city. Hopefully I'll find a new place where I can still set up the bedroom 5.1 too.
IMO, the E100's represented one of the pinnacles of BA's speakers. Their downfall was that they cost too much to make and folks weren't willing to pay the MSRP for them. They are amazing speakers though, and sound really, really good. To get the most out of the E100's though, they DO require a good amount of power. Powering them with something like a 100 wpc receiver, they'll sound pretty good. Give them some juice though and they're pretty amazing I ended up getting some Emotiva XPA-1's for the E100's and realized just how much bass these puppies can put out. Enough to rattle the windows easily, and they can still sound SO sweet. Jackie Evancho's voice on 'Nella Fantasia'... Wow....
Their imaging when positioned properly is also fantastic. One of my favorite test tracks is the Drum Improv by Jim Keltner on the Sheffield Labs Drum and Track disc. You can place each drum and snare, each cymbal, and of course, with sufficient power, this track THUMPS. Played back on a good system with good speakers and amplification, it will sound like a live drummer on a real drum set in the room.
Max

+1:D
post #2663 of 2952
Boston Acoustics CR9-Opinions on sound quality

I recently picked up a set of BA CR9s (for a bargain price!), and I thought I would give them a try. They replaced the mains in my HT set up, which were PSB 400s.
It feels like I am comparing apples & oranges between the two. The PSB 400s seem "warmer" than the CR9s when listening to music. The CR9s seem excellent on the higher ends, but perhaps lacking on the bass.

I have noticed though that the BA CR9s seem to be better viewing TV in 5.1, the bass and clarity are very good. I am just wondering what other owners of CR9s think and have experienced.

Thanks for your input.
post #2664 of 2952
I have a SubSat 6 I bought new in very late 80s. Sound has been deteriorating at volume with buzzing. Opened grill and found rotted surrounds. Ordered repair kit: http://www.simplyspeakers.com/boston-acoustics-speaker-foam-edge-repair-kit-fsk-4.html

Seems straightforward.
post #2665 of 2952
I am becoming a BA convert. I really like the sound of the older bostons, I currently own 2 HD10's(Goodwill) 2 T830's(Goodwill) and a 424v center(E-Bay).the 830's need new foam on the woofers(but since i got them for $14 i think it is not a big deal) I really love the cft3 tweets and am thinking of retro-fitting one into my current center channel as it has the hard vr tweeter at this time.Anyone else here using these older BA's? If so any suggestions or tips would be appreciated.
post #2666 of 2952
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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post

I have a SubSat 6 I bought new in very late 80s. Sound has been deteriorating at volume with buzzing. Opened grill and found rotted surrounds. Ordered repair kit: http://www.simplyspeakers.com/boston-acoustics-speaker-foam-edge-repair-kit-fsk-4.html
Seems straightforward.
I re-foamed the driver on one of the satellites and it sounds great.

I understand that the subsat6 needs to be wired as 'one speaker' - that is the L/R of bass module is connected to amp L/R and each satellite is connected in parallel to the L and R. Does anyone know if it is OK to run the satellites with no bass module?

Even better is if anyone know the freq range covered by satellites vs. bass module?
post #2667 of 2952
I have a pair of VR965 speakers that I use with a VR10 center channel and a pair of Bravo II surrounds. The tweeter on one of the VR965 speakers has died on me. Does anybody know where I can find a direct replacement? I'm assuming I'll want to replace both of them at the same time if they are available. The tweeter mounts with a square flat face that screws into the speaker cabinet in 4 corners. I'd be willing to put something different in there if there is a voice matched speaker that is recommended, that will sound right with the other speakers. Anybody have any advice? Thanks!
post #2668 of 2952
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Originally Posted by AustinQuattro View Post

I have a pair of VR965 speakers that I use with a VR10 center channel and a pair of Bravo II surrounds. The tweeter on one of the VR965 speakers has died on me. Does anybody know where I can find a direct replacement? I'm assuming I'll want to replace both of them at the same time if they are available. The tweeter mounts with a square flat face that screws into the speaker cabinet in 4 corners. I'd be willing to put something different in there if there is a voice matched speaker that is recommended, that will sound right with the other speakers. Anybody have any advice? Thanks!

There is one up for auction on ebay right now.You can also email boston directly to see if they still stock the replacement tweeters. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Boston-Acoustics-VR-Tweeter-VR950-VR960-VRMX-VR12-/221160445188?pt=US_Speaker_Parts_Components&hash=item337e309504
post #2669 of 2952
HI... Recently i had a pair of A360 which i returned because they weren't new.
On this occasion I was looking through the bassreflex hole and as can be seen worked inside I'm thinking it could have been a counterfeit. Does anyone else have the A360 and possibly post photos?
You can take pics using flash with the cam jammed against the rear onto the bassreflex hole.
Edited by dax45 - 12/17/12 at 11:55am
post #2670 of 2952
What happened to the Reflection Series?

I have CS226 fronts and a CS225C center and I'm thinking of upgrading to RS334 fronts and an RD223 LRC for the center (total cost, $609 from A4L). I hate to get these unseen (and unheard). $600 smackers is a good chuck of change to blow if I don't think the upgrade was worth it.

My listening is mostly TV at relatively low volumes, but the occasional movie. I plan on getting more into music again too (classic rock).

Any help in the "do I get these" department is appreciated.
Edited by AllanMarcus - 12/21/12 at 2:05pm
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