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post #2761 of 2952
I am researching for budget speakers for my HT. I am new to this and coming from a HTIB.

room size 20X19, carpeted and drapes, room open to kitchen.

I though I would buy the polk 75t after listening to polks in the store the TSI300, but have heard the polk T series is similar.

Now I just found out about the BA spears and would want to get some more info.

I really like the glossy black look of these speakers.

Which would you guys recommend. Budget $200 max for front speakers each.

I like crisp and clean sound, which I head from the polks so that's why I though I would get those but if the BA's are similar in sound than might as well get these which looks o much better.
post #2762 of 2952
after 2 weeks of research thinking about Energy, Klipch, Ascend, and more... I decided to replace my 20 year old pair of Polk S4's with Boston A25's... they come tomorrow. I will be driving them with an Onkyo-TX8050 and using a Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player for my CD player (it's Wolfson DAC is decent). I have a Velodyne Impact-10 for bass.. I am eager to get them in place and start break-in. smile.gif This is my first Boston Acoustics purchase ever.

edit: they have arrived... they sound amazing out of the box... breaking in with Madonna ray of light... I read this was a cd with exceptional audio quality... Dire Straights brothers in arms is next up... then Depechemode violator.





I know they are up high... still sounds great my chair.

edit2: having spent some time with these I am very happy with them. very clear, precise with a large accurate sound stage for such a small speaker... and the bass response is better than expected. I have definitely heard things in songs I never heard with the polks... right out of the box they were a little bright but have mellowed out a bit after 36 some odd hours of music playing..
Edited by r3v3nant - 4/21/13 at 9:36pm
post #2763 of 2952
Hey gang, fellow Boston owner here. At a local garage sale a guy is selling 2 CR77s and a CRC7 center channel and wants 180 for all 3. Is this a good deal? I understand the VR series is the main go to 90s/00s model, but are the CRs still decent? I have 2 A360s up front with an A26 as a center and would probably add the CR77s as rears and sell the center on eBay or something. Good deal? Bad? Just buy the Boston Classic II on Accessories4Less for my rear speakers? Thanks!
post #2764 of 2952
I am not sure ... I am new to Boston Acoustics but it's nice to see some life in this thread. smile.gif

Looks like the ratings on the CR77's is good
post #2765 of 2952
Yeah I'm new to BA as well. After buying some of the A series gear, I've developed a sort of brand loyalty towards them it seems! Bought them on a whim due to how cheap they are at Accesories4Less.com and they replaced my Polks, Alesis, and Premier Acoustics. Saw these CR77's at the garage sale, thought "OH Bostons!" and convinced the guy to hold on them for me for a few days while I research.
post #2766 of 2952
A360 review on Audioholics
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I was disappointed with the actual sensitivity compared to the manufacturer’s stated sensitivity. I felt like a 100WPC amplifier couldn’t get the A360s very loud.
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http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/speakers/floorstanding/boston-acoustics-a360/boston-acoustics-a360-measurements-and-analysis
post #2767 of 2952
I am LOVING my A25s... they are amaZING!
post #2768 of 2952

Reviewer says that both the midrange and the woofers use "fake" phase plugs (glued-on dust caps that look like phase plugs).
But from the pics I've seen, it looks like the woofers actually have real phase plugs (pole piece extensions, actually).
I do agree about the midrange having a dust cap.

Anyone know if he is correct about the woofers?
post #2769 of 2952
I've got my VS260 and VS325C posted in the classified section for any interested BA fans.

Thanks
post #2770 of 2952
Hi there,

I have need some advice regarding an upgrade I'm planning.

I currently have a setup of
Two VR975 (Main)
Two VR960 (Rear)
One VR12 (Center)
One RPS1000 (Sub)

I replaced my old 5.1 receiver with a new Pioneer VSX-1121-K 7.1 channel Receiver
I needed some advice with the purchase of a pair of back speakers, I had in mind the(pre-owned):

BA VRX Wide Dispersion Surround Speakers

or

BA VRS Pros
*

Which ones would blend better with my setup and should I use them as Rear/Back Surrounds and have the VR960s as Surrounds ?

or

Have the VRX/VRS as Surrounds and have the VR960s Back/Rear Surrounds?
*

Or maybe just maybe...

Get a Pair of CR55/57/65/67/75/77/85s as the Back/Rear Surrounds and keep the VR960s as the Surrounds?
*

I need some old school wisdom here...

VRX or VRS Pros or CR**?

and

Set them up as Surrounds or Back/Rear Surrounds?

Thanks a lot for the help I know these questions are a stretch but I really love my old school BA speakers and plan to keep them for a long long time.

Any input is greatly appreciated!

PS . VR-MX are out of the question, way to expensive even now.
Unless some one has a pair laying around and want to sell them for cheap
post #2771 of 2952
I have a pair of VRX's. Great as a surround speaker, but getting hard to find. The VRS Pro is a pretty good choice, the VRX is more efficient, looks good and can handle an 80hz crossover, a better choice IMO.
Edited by signmastr - 6/19/13 at 8:44am
post #2772 of 2952
I managed to get a pair of VR965s... for cheap!
Now I will have the VR975s Fronts, VR965s Surrounds, VR950s Back Surrounds.
Will do some testing soon!
post #2773 of 2952
I've read on more than one occasion that the phase plugs are nothing more than a fancy dust cap. Not a fancy pole piece. I like the LOOK of phase plugs. Real metal ones seem sexy. However, after careful contemplation I came to the following conclusion : Does it technically matter if the plug is attached to the cone or pole? These speakers receive rave reviews for their price point. Perhaps the dust cap or pole piece is not as important as you think. Heck, leave the grill on. You won't know the difference. Listen to them yourself before rendering judgment.

Gerb
post #2774 of 2952
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Originally Posted by Gerbermultit00l View Post

Does it technically matter if the plug is attached to the cone or pole? Perhaps the dust cap or pole piece is not as important as you think.
Gerb

I agree.

From what I read and understood about a Phase plug and it's purpose to equalize acoustical path lengths and minimize high HZ cancellations caused by phase differences, the inner design is variable from manufacturer to manufacturer and in the end it comes down to how does a speaker sound to YOU and not someone else!

I personally like the sound of my A360's and get a great amount of complimets from friends and family when I demo them.

I have to admit, when I first hooked up my system, I was not impressed, but after I ran the Audessy set up thru my AVR and all the cross overs and delays were set up, it was night and day!
post #2775 of 2952
Curious if anyone has had a chance to audition the new boston m surround center. I recently picked up the m 350's and I'm running them alongside my trusty vr 920. (350's are great btw) The new M center bypasses the conventional tweeter and midrange and I can't seem to find much input from current owners how it compares to the old school Boston gear. Timber matching is very important but I'm very hesitant to make this switch.
post #2776 of 2952
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Originally Posted by brando1 View Post

Curious if anyone has had a chance to audition the new boston m surround center. I recently picked up the m 350's and I'm running them alongside my trusty vr 920. (350's are great btw) The new M center bypasses the conventional tweeter and midrange and I can't seem to find much input from current owners how it compares to the old school Boston gear. Timber matching is very important but I'm very hesitant to make this switch.

How do you like the EWB tweeter compared to the VR tweeters? I had the VS325C and I currently own a used RS244C. I have a hard time liking the tweeter. I only tried both centers to see how the tweeters compare. I wonder if they require high current amplification to shine. I find the VR tweeters so much clearer. I am curious about the BMR tweeter/mid.
post #2777 of 2952
The BMR really does its job. The sound is extremely detailed and crisp without being harsh. I guess soothing would be the best word to describe them. I'm running them with a Marantz 6007. I had no intention of buying the M center when I purchased the towers but now I'm leaning towards grabbing one to complete the set. The small size of the M center at only 15lbs. still has me thinking it may be a downgrade from my hefty 920. Just not many reviews at this point. I heard the surrounds are on the weak side so it looks like my vrs pros are sticking around.
350's are gorgeous btw. Best looking speaker boston has put out IMO.
post #2778 of 2952
Oh, and I prefer the new BMR to the VR at this point but I've only had them for two weeks now so haven't had much time to test them. My favorite tester DVD (the big blue) never sounded better.
post #2779 of 2952
EWB tweeter that is......BMR is the center.
post #2780 of 2952
Hello all, I am a new member here. My name is Dustin and I just recently upgraded my entire HT system from the old tube tv and analog reciever and speakers older then myself! Very happy to find a Boston Acoustic specific thread! My current setup is the following. Denon AVR-2311-CI reciever, Boston Acoustics CR8 fronts, CR65 rears, and a Klipsch RPW10. I am THRILLED with the sound I am getting out of this setup! I listen to music far more than anything else. After the initial purchase of everything all I have done so far is upgrade my front speaker wire with Audioquest x2 cable. I have a few questions as I am new to home audio setups. First Having a great result do far you all know it doesn't ever end there lol! I have thought about replacing my rear speakers and moving my current fronts to the rear. Opinions on CR9's for front then move my CR8's to the rear? Also since I mainly listen to music is a center channel worth it or will it take away? On that note the "matching" center for the CR8's is the CR2 center which has poor reviews. From there I was impressed at the difference the Audioquest speaker wire made, is it worth it to get a surge protector with a filter, new power cable for reciever (Audioquest Type 2), better sub cable (Audioquest Sub1 ect)??? Any input would be greatly appreciated!
post #2781 of 2952
I know this is not a very active thread but I have a line on some VR-M50's in black (I know...wish they were the cherry) in "mint condition" for $125 on craigs. Is that a fair price? I'm thinking it is a very good deal. Thx in advance for any input.
post #2782 of 2952
I would say that's unfair...to the seller! $125 is an incredible deal on those, still a hell of a deal at $125 each if they're in the condition you noted... -TD
post #2783 of 2952
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Originally Posted by tomd51 View Post

I would say that's unfair...to the seller! $125 is an incredible deal on those, still a hell of a deal at $125 each if they're in the condition you noted... -TD

Thx for the reply. That's what I figured but it's nice to hear other's opinions. I will be picking these up tomorrow afternoon. The seller is even throwing in a set of speaker stands. Yesterday I picked up an Energy Take Classic set with a Veritas ESW-V8 sub included (all in excellent condition) and a pair of Sanus speaker stands for the incredible low low price of $60 off craigs. Tomorrow the BA VR-M50's and stands for $125. I don't really need either but I find it hard to pass up deals on speakers these days. Maybe I need help!
post #2784 of 2952
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Originally Posted by sacflies View Post

I don't really need either but I find it hard to pass up deals on speakers these days. Maybe I need help!

Well, if you do find any professional help for that affliction, let me know where you found it. I've needed it myself for some time... biggrin.gif -TD
post #2785 of 2952
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Originally Posted by tomd51 View Post

Well, if you do find any professional help for that affliction, let me know where you found it. I've needed it myself for some time... biggrin.gif -TD

I was gonna say...I don't think I'm alone. smile.gif
post #2786 of 2952
Here are some pics of my "new" VR-M50's. I set them up last night. They sound very nice indeed. Hard to believe that much quality sound can come from such a small box. $125 well spent I believe.



post #2787 of 2952
Great score! Congrats!
post #2788 of 2952
One more pic of the VR-M50's in their new home (at least for now) in the living room music system. Looking pretty good!

post #2789 of 2952
Look at these beauties up on ebay now. Man they are some nice looking speakers. Starting bid is $995. Wonder if they will sell? A pair went for $566 plus $156 shipping back in May.

Someone selling some VR-M50's for $295. Guess I did indeed do pretty good grabbing a pair for $125!
post #2790 of 2952
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Originally Posted by sacflies View Post

One more pic of the VR-M50's in their new home (at least for now) in the living room music system. Looking pretty good!


Very nice. I have the same pair (as rear surrounds in my 5.1 system--M60s up front and VRC centre). I even have the same stands (taller version, for surrounds). I'd have loved to have snagged that pair to expand my set up to 7.1.
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