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post #2791 of 2952
Has anyone ever compared the VR-M50s/60s with the VS260s?

I remember the VR-M line from about 10 years ago or so at a shop that eventually got bought out by Tweeter. Also the VR line too.
post #2792 of 2952
Currently have VR-M60's as my fronts, VR-MC for center and VR-MX's as my rears. We are building a new home in which the surrounds need to be in-ceiling but I'd like to stay in the BA family. Definitely getting some type of BA in-ceilings for the surrounds and also pre-wiring for surround backs.

Does anyone have any BA in-ceiling surround suggestions that might match well with my VR-M60's and VR-MC?

Hate to let the VR-MX's go, but the room just doesn't work for anything other than in-ceiling surrounds.
post #2793 of 2952
I love Boston Acoustics in their heyday.

I recently won a bid on some E100s to replace my VR975s. Wow. Wow, wow. What an amazing set of speakers. I am so sad that Boston doesn't make flagship speakers like this anymore. Pictures don't do them justice, and my iPhone pics aren't the best....




My VR975s are now playing surround duty. If I can ever find some more E series I will replace them outright. The E100s are beyond massive and heavy. They are around my height (6' 5") and over 110lbs. Massive, massive speakers.
post #2794 of 2952
Wow, they look very nice. Talk about a wall of sound! With your sofa that close they must really blow you away. Would love to give them a listen. Are you running a sub with them?
post #2795 of 2952
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Originally Posted by sacflies View Post

Wow, they look very nice. Talk about a wall of sound! With your sofa that close they must really blow you away. Would love to give them a listen. Are you running a sub with them?

Ha! Yes, a wall of sound indeed. This situation is temporary until I find a bigger house; the E100s were not in the cards... their rarity meant that they had to be bought. I've never heard so much clarity and balanced sound. I guess sitting 4" away from them helps! tongue.gif

I invite everyone to check them out. Nobody in my circle of friends is remotely interested. My girlfriend said they sounded 'OK'. eek.gif

There are 3 subs in the room; an SVS PC12-NSD and the two subs in the VR975s. The 975s are on their own sub channel, equalized with Audyssey. I will REW and MiniDSP them soon. I've said it before and I'll say it again; Boston makes some amazing speakers. Seriously amazing.


How are you liking your new VR-M50s?
post #2796 of 2952
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Originally Posted by jink View Post

Ha! Yes, a wall of sound indeed. This situation is temporary until I find a bigger house; the E100s were not in the cards... their rarity meant that they had to be bought. I've never heard so much clarity and balanced sound. I guess sitting 4" away from them helps! tongue.gif

I invite everyone to check them out. Nobody in my circle of friends is remotely interested. My girlfriend said they sounded 'OK'. eek.gif

There are 3 subs in the room; an SVS PC12-NSD and the two subs in the VR975s. The 975s are on their own sub channel, equalized with Audyssey. I will REW and MiniDSP them soon. I've said it before and I'll say it again; Boston makes some amazing speakers. Seriously amazing.


How are you liking your new VR-M50s?

Well, I am seriously jealous of those bad ass looking towers of power you snatched. Have fun with those suckers.

The M50s are just seriously stylish little speakers that put out seriously detailed, accurate sound. And they pack a bigger punch than one would think coming from a small cabinet. I haven't even had a chance to listen to them that much yet. Been busy with other speakers. Picked up a pair of DCM Time Frame 600s and 400s recently off craigs, as well as a pair of DCM CX-27s that both had blown tweeters that I just replaced yesterday. Those suckers sound very nice too. Love me some classic DCM speakers also. The TF600s are very nice speakers. Also had to replace one of the rear tweets on one of those after getting them home and finding one blown. I replaced the electrolytic caps in the 600s and 400s to help improve the sound quality a bit. Oh, sorry...this is a Boston thread! Still have to refoam my A60 Series II's that I bought new back in '87 and have been in storage for about 15 years. I've rounded up quite a collection of speakers of late...JBL's, Pioneer's, the DCM's, some Energy's. Now I am looking at picking up a vintage turntable and Yamaha receiver (CR-820) to get back to listening to some vinyl. I am constantly checking craigs for deals. It is a sickness!

Have fun!
post #2797 of 2952
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Originally Posted by jink View Post

I love Boston Acoustics in their heyday.

I recently won a bid on some E100s to replace my VR975s. Wow. Wow, wow. What an amazing set of speakers. I am so sad that Boston doesn't make flagship speakers like this anymore. Pictures don't do them justice, and my iPhone pics aren't the best....




My VR975s are now playing surround duty. If I can ever find some more E series I will replace them outright. The E100s are beyond massive and heavy. They are around my height (6' 5") and over 110lbs. Massive, massive speakers.
Nice! It's good to see other folks appreciating/enjoying the E-series. I have a small collection myself biggrin.gif

BTW, I'm not sure how you're powering these and at 4 feet away (I assume 4"/inches was a typo), you don't need much power, but the E100's will amaze you with just how much they can THUMP when provided the power.

I initially powered my first set off the Onkyo 5008 (145wpc), then I tried bridging the 5008 to double the power and that sounded better, and eventually got Emotiva XPA-1 monoblocks (500wpc@8ohms) and WOW can these sing! Although they're super tall, you don't expect the bass performance without some big 12" woofers, but those 6 x woofers can definitely bring the bass with sufficient amp power.

The thing that hooked me though, was the imaging (experiment with toe-in and make SURE they're both perfectly vertical), and the sound. These speakers + the 'Art Lande:While She Sleeps' SACD were the first time I'd ever heard an audio recording that sounded like a live piano in my room, except with my eyes closed, it sounded like I was in a bigger room than the actual dimensions of my room.

When I went to the bathroom while it was playing that I realized, even outside the room and down the hallway, it sounded like someone was playing an actual Steinway in a Great Room in the house (the house doesn't have a Great Room LOL). It sounded exactly like my buddy in high school playing the Steinway in his parents' house.

The other thing I listened to a lot was Jackie Evancho's 'Nella Fantasia', and the 'Across The Universe' BD.

With enough power, the E100's are also one of the few speakers that can do justice to Jim Keltner's 'Drum Improv' on the Sheffield Labs Drum and Track disc. The Drum Improv track is one of my absolute must-haves for auditioning speakers. If the speakers can't do it justice, I look elsewhere. It's an amazing track for auditioning imaging and dynamics. On a capable setup, it should sound like a live drumset (I lived with a roommate who was a drummer and had his setup in the living room). With the Drum Improv track on a properly setup system, with my eyes closed, I can pinpoint every drum, snare and cymbal and hear as he swaps between sticks, brushes and mallets, and the transients of the kick drum has to be realistic (many systems fail at that).

Enjoy your find! They'll bring you many years of joy.


Max

P.S. When Goldenear first debuted the Triton 2's, the industry was making such a huge fuss about them that I just HAD to audition them to see what I might be missing out on. I did, 3 times at 2 different dealers.

I still have my E-series and actually bought a second set after hearing the Triton 2's that everyone raved about (the first set was a black walnut 7.0 with 2xE100's, 3xE70's and 2xE60's, then I bought a 2nd brand new set in gloss cherry of 2xE100's and 3xE70's to setup a 5.1 system in the bedroom of the new house I'd originally been planning on moving into).

The E100's played lower and louder than the Tritons and gave up nothing in the mids and highs (and in fact, have a more even frequency response than the Tritons).

I've since added Legacy Focus SE's to the collection mainly due to the increased sensitivity for Reference level HT further back than 10 feet (which the E100's were capable of), and the E100's got moved to Surround duty, but the E100's still hold their own (but the Focus SE's can hit THX Reference 2X further away at 95.4db/w/m vs the E100's 89db/w/m).

Unfortunately, due to the move still being up in the air, I have to look at the Cherry Gloss set, still sitting unused in the unopened boxes.
Edited by djbluemax1 - 8/14/13 at 3:37pm
post #2798 of 2952
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Originally Posted by djbluemax1 View Post

Nice! It's good to see other folks appreciating/enjoying the E-series. I have a small collection myself biggrin.gif

BTW, I'm not sure how you're powering these and at 4 feet away (I assume 4"/inches was a typo), you don't need much power, but the E100's will amaze you with just how much they can THUMP when provided the power.

I initially powered my first set off the Onkyo 5008 (145wpc), then I tried bridging the 5008 to double the power and that sounded better, and eventually got Emotiva XPA-1 monoblocks (500wpc@8ohms) and WOW can these sing! Although they're super tall, you don't expect the bass performance without some big 12" woofers, but those 6 x woofers can definitely bring the bass with sufficient amp power.

The thing that hooked me though, was the imaging (experiment with toe-in and make SURE they're both perfectly vertical), and the sound. These speakers + the 'Art Lande:While She Sleeps' SACD were the first time I'd ever heard an audio recording that sounded like a live piano in my room, except with my eyes closed, it sounded like I was in a bigger room than the actual dimensions of my room.

When I went to the bathroom while it was playing that I realized, even outside the room and down the hallway, it sounded like someone was playing an actual Steinway in a Great Room in the house (the house doesn't have a Great Room LOL). It sounded exactly like my buddy in high school playing the Steinway in his parents' house.

The other thing I listened to a lot was Jackie Evancho's 'Nella Fantasia', and the 'Across The Universe' BD.

With enough power, the E100's are also one of the few speakers that can do justice to Jim Keltner's 'Drum Improv' on the Sheffield Labs Drum and Track disc. The Drum Improv track is one of my absolute must-haves for auditioning speakers. If the speakers can't do it justice, I look elsewhere. It's an amazing track for auditioning imaging and dynamics. On a capable setup, it should sound like a live drumset (I lived with a roommate who was a drummer and had his setup in the living room). With the Drum Improv track on a properly setup system, with my eyes closed, I can pinpoint every drum, snare and cymbal and hear as he swaps between sticks, brushes and mallets, and the transients of the kick drum has to be realistic (many systems fail at that).

Enjoy your find! They'll bring you many years of joy.


Max

P.S. When Goldenear first debuted the Triton 2's, the industry was making such a huge fuss about them that I just HAD to audition them to see what I might be missing out on. I did, 3 times at 2 different dealers.

I still have my E-series and actually bought a second set after hearing the Triton 2's that everyone raved about (the first set was a black walnut 7.0 with 2xE100's, 3xE70's and 2xE60's, then I bought a 2nd brand new set in gloss cherry of 2xE100's and 3xE70's to setup a 5.1 system in the bedroom of the new house I'd originally been planning on moving into).

The E100's played lower and louder than the Tritons and gave up nothing in the mids and highs (and in fact, have a more even frequency response than the Tritons).

I've since added Legacy Focus SE's to the collection mainly due to the increased sensitivity for Reference level HT further back than 10 feet (which the E100's were capable of), and the E100's got moved to Surround duty, but the E100's still hold their own (but the Focus SE's can hit THX Reference 2X further away at 95.4db/w/m vs the E100's 89db/w/m).

Unfortunately, due to the move still being up in the air, I have to look at the Cherry Gloss set, still sitting unused in the unopened boxes.

I hate you guys:D. I will forever regret the day I walked away from a deal for a pair of cherry E100s @ $600. mad.gif I tried the lift them(testing weight) and just could'nt get the damn things off the floor:eek:. It was humbling for someone who works out frequently.tongue.gif. Also, I wasn't sure if the small drivers would surrender bass when compared to the 7 inchers in my Boston VR3s. Let me know if you plan on getting rid of the E70s.biggrin.gif
post #2799 of 2952
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Originally Posted by sacflies View Post

Well, I am seriously jealous of those bad ass looking towers of power you snatched. Have fun with those suckers.

The M50s are just seriously stylish little speakers that put out seriously detailed, accurate sound. And they pack a bigger punch than one would think coming from a small cabinet. I haven't even had a chance to listen to them that much yet. Been busy with other speakers. Picked up a pair of DCM Time Frame 600s and 400s recently off craigs, as well as a pair of DCM CX-27s that both had blown tweeters that I just replaced yesterday. Those suckers sound very nice too. Love me some classic DCM speakers also. The TF600s are very nice speakers. Also had to replace one of the rear tweets on one of those after getting them home and finding one blown. I replaced the electrolytic caps in the 600s and 400s to help improve the sound quality a bit. Oh, sorry...this is a Boston thread! Still have to refoam my A60 Series II's that I bought new back in '87 and have been in storage for about 15 years. I've rounded up quite a collection of speakers of late...JBL's, Pioneer's, the DCM's, some Energy's. Now I am looking at picking up a vintage turntable and Yamaha receiver (CR-820) to get back to listening to some vinyl. I am constantly checking craigs for deals. It is a sickness!

Have fun!

So awesome. It sounds like you have fun with the classics! There are some treasures out there, while 'outdated', still pump out excellent sound.

You are very fortunate to have craigslist with those items! My craigslist has HTIB and terrible car audio amps... No thanks! smile.gif

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Originally Posted by djbluemax1 View Post

Nice! It's good to see other folks appreciating/enjoying the E-series. I have a small collection myself biggrin.gif

BTW, I'm not sure how you're powering these and at 4 feet away (I assume 4"/inches was a typo), you don't need much power, but the E100's will amaze you with just how much they can THUMP when provided the power.

I initially powered my first set off the Onkyo 5008 (145wpc), then I tried bridging the 5008 to double the power and that sounded better, and eventually got Emotiva XPA-1 monoblocks (500wpc@8ohms) and WOW can these sing! Although they're super tall, you don't expect the bass performance without some big 12" woofers, but those 6 x woofers can definitely bring the bass with sufficient amp power.

The thing that hooked me though, was the imaging (experiment with toe-in and make SURE they're both perfectly vertical), and the sound. These speakers + the 'Art Lande:While She Sleeps' SACD were the first time I'd ever heard an audio recording that sounded like a live piano in my room, except with my eyes closed, it sounded like I was in a bigger room than the actual dimensions of my room.

When I went to the bathroom while it was playing that I realized, even outside the room and down the hallway, it sounded like someone was playing an actual Steinway in a Great Room in the house (the house doesn't have a Great Room LOL). It sounded exactly like my buddy in high school playing the Steinway in his parents' house.

The other thing I listened to a lot was Jackie Evancho's 'Nella Fantasia', and the 'Across The Universe' BD.

With enough power, the E100's are also one of the few speakers that can do justice to Jim Keltner's 'Drum Improv' on the Sheffield Labs Drum and Track disc. The Drum Improv track is one of my absolute must-haves for auditioning speakers. If the speakers can't do it justice, I look elsewhere. It's an amazing track for auditioning imaging and dynamics. On a capable setup, it should sound like a live drumset (I lived with a roommate who was a drummer and had his setup in the living room). With the Drum Improv track on a properly setup system, with my eyes closed, I can pinpoint every drum, snare and cymbal and hear as he swaps between sticks, brushes and mallets, and the transients of the kick drum has to be realistic (many systems fail at that).

Enjoy your find! They'll bring you many years of joy.


Max

P.S. When Goldenear first debuted the Triton 2's, the industry was making such a huge fuss about them that I just HAD to audition them to see what I might be missing out on. I did, 3 times at 2 different dealers.

I still have my E-series and actually bought a second set after hearing the Triton 2's that everyone raved about (the first set was a black walnut 7.0 with 2xE100's, 3xE70's and 2xE60's, then I bought a 2nd brand new set in gloss cherry of 2xE100's and 3xE70's to setup a 5.1 system in the bedroom of the new house I'd originally been planning on moving into).

The E100's played lower and louder than the Tritons and gave up nothing in the mids and highs (and in fact, have a more even frequency response than the Tritons).

I've since added Legacy Focus SE's to the collection mainly due to the increased sensitivity for Reference level HT further back than 10 feet (which the E100's were capable of), and the E100's got moved to Surround duty, but the E100's still hold their own (but the Focus SE's can hit THX Reference 2X further away at 95.4db/w/m vs the E100's 89db/w/m).

Unfortunately, due to the move still being up in the air, I have to look at the Cherry Gloss set, still sitting unused in the unopened boxes.

Thank you for the incredible reply. I agree with your thoughts on their response 100%; the E100s deliver a sound that can only compare to being there. I've not heard such detail in speakers outside of high end headphones. While I can't tell a story quite like yours, trust me that I can imagine the same impressive sound stage when I close my eyes. My girlfriend thinks I am insane that I can go on a journey in my head while listening to these wonderful speakers.

It is incredible you have two sets of these speakers. If I can find some E70s I will jump on that immediately. I bought the stands for them just in case I find a pair (or three) for sale; would LOVE to complete this sound (even though my VR12 is great... and the 975s do well).

My friend has a set of Triton 2s... I am not seeing the big fuss over them. The tweeters are incredibly directional and near impossible to get a good listening experience other than dead on center. They sound good but they have the same limitation of my VR975s; attached subwoofers that are taking care of 150hz and below and force uneven bass response due to placement of the speakers for the mid/highs. I'd much rather have speakers that are capable of 50hz without a sub woofer! Oh, good luck getting a center channel that isn't more than a soundbar.

I really appreciate you reminding me of bridging; I forgot that my 3008 could do that! I rewired the E100s and while the sound is better it's still nothing compared to an Emotiva. tongue.gif

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I hate you guys:D. I will forever regret the day I walked away from a deal for a pair of cherry E100s @ $600. mad.gif I tried the lift them(testing weight) and just could'nt get the damn things off the floor:eek:. It was humbling for someone who works out frequently.tongue.gif. Also, I wasn't sure if the small drivers would surrender bass when compared to the 7 inchers in my Boston VR3s. Let me know if you plan on getting rid of the E70s.biggrin.gif

$600?! Holy. Crap. I couldn't sleep at night after passing that up. eek.gif
post #2800 of 2952
Just found a set of VR975s on Ebay in what looks to be excellent condition. eek.gif Great set of speakers for anyone looking for some great Bostons.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/161083989437?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
post #2801 of 2952


I have a Boston Acoustics Microsystem CD. The speakers and radio still work great but recently the slot-loading CD player has started to go on the fritz. Sometimes I have to insert CDs 3 or 4 times, at different angles, in order to get it to recognize them, or else it spits out an E70 error code (dirty/damaged/unrecognized disc according to the manual). It also skips intermittently during playback. Today I inserted a CD and it went part way in the slot and just stopped, then wouldn't eject. I had to unplug the system several times in order to get the motor to come on and eject the disc. I called my local Boston service centre, who confirmed the needed fix to my problem is a replacement CD player. However according to them Boston stopped making replacement parts about a year ago, so they no longer have any supply of replacement drives. I've Googled around, however with the exception of an old Kajiji listing I can't find a source of parts. Does anyone have any ideas of how/where I might look to replace the CD drive, or should I just give up?

post #2802 of 2952
Found a pair of VS 260 bookshelves at a decent price. I plan to bi-amp them with a cheap 5x100w pioneer receiver and pair with a ML dynamo (original). Can anyone comment on how well they'd work for a 2.1 neafield (PC) setup? Also, the speakers are rated down to 45hz....any suggestions on a crossover point with the ML sub? Thanks.
post #2803 of 2952
Start with 60 hz, and then play around to see which you like best.
post #2804 of 2952
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Originally Posted by 65 Electra Glide View Post

Start with 60 hz, and then play around to see which you like best.

stupid receiver only allows for 50hz & 80hz...I'm thinking 80hz might be too high and 50 too low...hmmm
post #2805 of 2952
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Originally Posted by brandtlj View Post

stupid receiver only allows for 50hz & 80hz...I'm thinking 80hz might be too high and 50 too low...hmmm

I had a pair of 260s and if you have enough power 50 is not to low.
post #2806 of 2952
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Originally Posted by jink View Post

I love Boston Acoustics in their heyday.

I recently won a bid on some E100s to replace my VR975s. Wow. Wow, wow. What an amazing set of speakers. I am so sad that Boston doesn't make flagship speakers like this anymore. Pictures don't do them justice, and my iPhone pics aren't the best....




My VR975s are now playing surround duty. If I can ever find some more E series I will replace them outright. The E100s are beyond massive and heavy. They are around my height (6' 5") and over 110lbs. Massive, massive speakers.

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Originally Posted by djbluemax1 View Post

Nice! It's good to see other folks appreciating/enjoying the E-series. I have a small collection myself biggrin.gif

BTW, I'm not sure how you're powering these and at 4 feet away (I assume 4"/inches was a typo), you don't need much power, but the E100's will amaze you with just how much they can THUMP when provided the power.

I initially powered my first set off the Onkyo 5008 (145wpc), then I tried bridging the 5008 to double the power and that sounded better, and eventually got Emotiva XPA-1 monoblocks (500wpc@8ohms) and WOW can these sing! Although they're super tall, you don't expect the bass performance without some big 12" woofers, but those 6 x woofers can definitely bring the bass with sufficient amp power.

The thing that hooked me though, was the imaging (experiment with toe-in and make SURE they're both perfectly vertical), and the sound. These speakers + the 'Art Lande:While She Sleeps' SACD were the first time I'd ever heard an audio recording that sounded like a live piano in my room, except with my eyes closed, it sounded like I was in a bigger room than the actual dimensions of my room.

When I went to the bathroom while it was playing that I realized, even outside the room and down the hallway, it sounded like someone was playing an actual Steinway in a Great Room in the house (the house doesn't have a Great Room LOL). It sounded exactly like my buddy in high school playing the Steinway in his parents' house.

The other thing I listened to a lot was Jackie Evancho's 'Nella Fantasia', and the 'Across The Universe' BD.

With enough power, the E100's are also one of the few speakers that can do justice to Jim Keltner's 'Drum Improv' on the Sheffield Labs Drum and Track disc. The Drum Improv track is one of my absolute must-haves for auditioning speakers. If the speakers can't do it justice, I look elsewhere. It's an amazing track for auditioning imaging and dynamics. On a capable setup, it should sound like a live drumset (I lived with a roommate who was a drummer and had his setup in the living room). With the Drum Improv track on a properly setup system, with my eyes closed, I can pinpoint every drum, snare and cymbal and hear as he swaps between sticks, brushes and mallets, and the transients of the kick drum has to be realistic (many systems fail at that).

Enjoy your find! They'll bring you many years of joy.


Max

P.S. When Goldenear first debuted the Triton 2's, the industry was making such a huge fuss about them that I just HAD to audition them to see what I might be missing out on. I did, 3 times at 2 different dealers.

I still have my E-series and actually bought a second set after hearing the Triton 2's that everyone raved about (the first set was a black walnut 7.0 with 2xE100's, 3xE70's and 2xE60's, then I bought a 2nd brand new set in gloss cherry of 2xE100's and 3xE70's to setup a 5.1 system in the bedroom of the new house I'd originally been planning on moving into).

The E100's played lower and louder than the Tritons and gave up nothing in the mids and highs (and in fact, have a more even frequency response than the Tritons).

I've since added Legacy Focus SE's to the collection mainly due to the increased sensitivity for Reference level HT further back than 10 feet (which the E100's were capable of), and the E100's got moved to Surround duty, but the E100's still hold their own (but the Focus SE's can hit THX Reference 2X further away at 95.4db/w/m vs the E100's 89db/w/m).

Unfortunately, due to the move still being up in the air, I have to look at the Cherry Gloss set, still sitting unused in the unopened boxes.


I too owned and loved the E100s, I regret having sold them! I had them pared with an all Accuphase stereo set up and Clarity Cables Organic cabling, the sound was amazing! Like is so often the case, sometimes we don't know what we have until it's gone. I thought I could get better sound from some very expensive speakers but that turned out to not be the case. In order to afford the more expensive speakers I had to sell the E100s first, so dumb. Live and learn I guess. Anyway, for owners of these fine speakers I have a few tips to getting the best sound possible that I learned during my two years with them.

1. The grills are removable! The grills reflect a lot of sound inside and I suspect that you will be amazed by how much more spacious and clear the sound is without them. They are obviously in three sections and held in by friction. I was able to get the lower corner to start to slide out by applying equal pressure to the opposite side of the speaker cabinet while pressing and sliding out the edge. Once the edge starts out on one side it relieves some of the pressure on the other side allowing the bottom to be lifted and the rest of the grill to be lifted out. Do NOT press on the curved metal divider between the grills, this piece is very delicate. After you have done this once it is much easier the next time.

2. Now that the grills are off check all mounting screws to make sure they are tight. I know that there are a LOT of screws to check. You will need some allen wrenchs for all the various screws. Many screws were very loose on mine and once snugged down the sound was even cleaner than before with even better defined bass. The screws just need to be good and snug, not wrenched down too tight.

3. The rear tweeter needs room behind it with no obstructions to reflect and work its magic. The rear tweeter has a huge effect on the entire 3D soundstage.

4. Chances are that you are sitting too far below the height of the front tweeter. I know the speaker is tall and thin but it probably needs to be leaned a little forward to get the best sound. Don't worry, the base is very heavy and the speaker is more stable then it seems, plus, you won't be leaning it forward but a little bit depending on how close you sit.

5. The speakers are good enough to scale up with any system and will continue to sound even better with even better electronics running them. They were not out classed in a $25k Accuphase system but rather brought to even greater heights. These speakers will never be the weak link in your system.

Enjoy the hell out of them guys!

djbluemax1, you thinking about selling that pair of cherry gloss E100s you have boxed up? Or are you going to horde them away from some very deserving enthusiast! biggrin.gif
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djbluemax1, you thinking about selling that pair of cherry gloss E100s you have boxed up? Or are you going to horde them away from some very deserving enthusiast! biggrin.gif
LOL, I've considered selling the BNIB Cherry gloss set (2 x E100, 3 x E70) as all they've been doing is taking up space since my plans for the 5.1 bedroom setup have fallen into limbo with the change in moving plans, and it saddens me that they aren't being used/enjoyed. I still have the full Black Walnut set of 2 x E100s, 3 x E70s and 2 x E50s to enjoy, so I still have a set I can enjoy, unlike folks who gave up their sole set/pair.

I've had a couple of offers, but apparently, the folks interested in these want to play lowball (it's not as if I'm asking anywhere even close to MSRP), so I've just kept them.


Max
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post #2809 of 2952
VS owners. I have a question. I have a 7.1 setup with VS224s as my mains, a 325C and 4, 240s for surrounds. I have the chance to replace the 224s with 336s. However the manual says to keep them about 3' from the corners. because of my screen size I would only have about 8" of clearance from the corners back and side. Will it really matter. My other choice was to add a second sub. My main issue is I just don't think the 224s are strong enough mains. I swapped my old Def Tech 2006s out for the 224s and their is just so much more sound coming from the mains, but that's probably the bi polar and I don't know if I would get the same "wall of sound" from the 336s. Any advice?

PS. I also have a chance to replace the 224s and 325C with the Atlantic Tech 3200 series, but that just seems like a lateral move.

Thanks,
post #2810 of 2952
Hey guys, I am thinking about purchasing a pair of A360 towers from A4L. I own a pair of VR965's, and I absolutely love them. The Lynnfield tweeter is one of my all time favorites, as I find it to be very detailed, but without harshness (unless the recording itself is harsh).

Does anyone have experience with both the A360's and the VR965 (or other models with the VR tweeter)? If so, how do they compare? I would be using them for a music only 2 channel setup, and they'd be driven by quality Rotel amplification.

Any input would be appreciated... smile.gif
post #2811 of 2952
I know this is not the classified section, however, Im looking for a VR920 center channel. thanks in advance.
post #2812 of 2952
Hello BA enthusiasts!

I've set my mind to enter the BA world of music and would like to hear from you what system to build up from scratch. I would like to start with a stereo system and then progress to cinema system. Could you advise me with which floorstanding M's to begin with (there is quite a price gap between the M250, M340 and M350) as I would not like to make a "wrong start". Also which amplifier would best accompany these M's (cinema/stereo use). Thank you for all ideas and information.



Tilen
post #2813 of 2952
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Originally Posted by Tilen View Post

Hello BA enthusiasts!

I've set my mind to enter the BA world of music and would like to hear from you what system to build up from scratch. I would like to start with a stereo system and then progress to cinema system. Could you advise me with which floorstanding M's to begin with (there is quite a price gap between the M250, M340 and M350) as I would not like to make a "wrong start". Also which amplifier would best accompany these M's (cinema/stereo use). Thank you for all ideas and information.



Tilen

Those are some fantastic looking speakers. I haven't heard the M series but my suggestion would be to always get the largest woofer cone area and count of mid/mid bass drivers you can afford. I've experienced two 'jumps' in series from Boston; the VR and the E series. The VR 940/975 and the E 70/100. I can attest to the fact that the larger and more well built Bostons were a large jump up from the smaller versions. The increase in cost allows Boston to make a much improved speaker that will last you longer as the rest of your components upgrade.

The M350 review at Stereophile has some good results. There is some boosting of the upper midbass but looks well behaved elsewhere. Of course, those are the highest price so keep that in mind.

Any Emotiva amplifier would pair well with these speakers. Many Boston owners use them (such as bjbluemax1 and his pair of XPA-1 monoblocks and E100s). An XPA-2 would probably be all that you need. You can find them used for ~$570 - $700. Plugging some numbers into the Amplifier Calculator is showing around 260w needed for the M350s 3 meters away @ 100db. Movies will peak more, but the amp should be fine for near reference output.


What is the rest of your current system?
Are you pairing the speakers with any sub woofer arrangement?
What kind of room are you working with?
Price range?




[EDIT]: I also wanted to say that I recently upgraded and have a set of VR-975, a VR-12 and some Bravos sitting around after my upgrade to the E series. If anyone is looking for a full set of VR speakers let me know in PM! smile.gif
post #2814 of 2952
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Originally Posted by jink View Post

Those are some fantastic looking speakers. I haven't heard the M series but my suggestion would be to always get the largest woofer cone area and count of mid/mid bass drivers you can afford. I've experienced two 'jumps' in series from Boston; the VR and the E series. The VR 940/975 and the E 70/100. I can attest to the fact that the larger and more well built Bostons were a large jump up from the smaller versions. The increase in cost allows Boston to make a much improved speaker that will last you longer as the rest of your components upgrade.

The M350 review at Stereophile has some good results. There is some boosting of the upper midbass but looks well behaved elsewhere. Of course, those are the highest price so keep that in mind.

Any Emotiva amplifier would pair well with these speakers. Many Boston owners use them (such as bjbluemax1 and his pair of XPA-1 monoblocks and E100s). An XPA-2 would probably be all that you need. You can find them used for ~$570 - $700. Plugging some numbers into the Amplifier Calculator is showing around 260w needed for the M350s 3 meters away @ 100db. Movies will peak more, but the amp should be fine for near reference output.

What is the rest of your current system?
Are you pairing the speakers with any sub woofer arrangement?
What kind of room are you working with?
Price range?

Currently I own two setups, first for movies are Tannoy's M3 accompanied with mSUB 10, mC center and a couple of mR surrounds driven by a HK AVR75. Second setup are Tannoy Berkeley's (15" HPD 385A) driven by a Pioneer SA-9500 II and HK HD720. (Sadly) I will have to part with both systems because of lack of space and was thinking of going in BA direction.

As mentioned I would like to start with floorstanders and a 2ch/5.1ch amplifer (so this XPA-2 doesn't come into equation). Further down the line I would probably take the Msub Mcenter and M25's (as my other stuff gets sold).

The room is rather big, about 50m2 (dining room, kitchen and living room), but the AV section is not even 20m2 (cornered).

The audio section will be filled with a Sony KDL55W905A, BR player stays the same (Pioneer LX-71)

Price range? Don't know yet, it depends how my eyes and ears will be satisfied smile.gif
post #2815 of 2952
Hello! I am considering using three A26 Loudspeakers for my R-L-C for part of a 5.1 surround system. It will be 80% for watching movies.

Will I have any issues if the speakers are in a built-in cabinet with a closed back? The cabinet would have an open front with no doors.

Thanks for your help!
post #2816 of 2952
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Originally Posted by sean101 View Post

Hello! I am considering using three A26 Loudspeakers for my R-L-C for part of a 5.1 surround system. It will be 80% for watching movies.

Will I have any issues if the speakers are in a built-in cabinet with a closed back? The cabinet would have an open front with no doors.

Thanks for your help!

Since they have a rear port it would not be ideal. They could get boomy, muddy, etc.... especially at high volumes. You'd be better off with a front ported or sealed design like Kef Q100s, or NHT Classic 2s.
post #2817 of 2952

This question is directed to Zephro.

 

It seems like you have experience with the three main Boston center speakers of the VR series.

I have a pair of Boston VR-960 speakers that I use mostly for HT use; I am looking for a center speaker to compliment them. What I really like about the VR-960's sound is that they have a nice sense of depth to them, their sound is very immersive, almost holographic.

 

So my question is which center channel would be a better match for my speakers, the VR-920, or the VR-14.

 

Since the VR-920 is from the same line of speakers as the VR-960's (the Lynnfield VR series), do you think it has the same sonic qualities that I enjoy from the VR-960's?

 

Or is the VR-14 just a superior center speaker?

 

Thanks!

post #2818 of 2952
Hello Boston Acoustics fans!

Just an FYI, if anyone is interested I am parting out my VR965 powered towers. The speakers are still in good shape (7/10), but I believe one of the woofers has a bad voice coil. I am selling them as is (cheap!), or for parts. They are on A-gon, but if anyone here needs a replacement Lynnfield tweeter or any other part, let me know.
Edited by Rick88 - 10/10/13 at 9:11am
post #2819 of 2952
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Originally Posted by Rick88 View Post

Hello Boston Acoustics fans!

Just an FYI, if anyone is interested I am parting out my VR965 powered towers. The speakers are still in good shape (7/10), but I believe one of the woofers has a bad voice coil. I am selling them as is (cheap!), or for parts. They are on A-gon, but if anyone here needs a replacement Lynnfield tweeter or any other part, let me know.


I might be interested. I have a pair of those, and I am toying with the idea of using another pair of 965's as the center channel. Is the woofer bad, or the subwoofer?

 

Thanks

sdl2282

post #2820 of 2952
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I might be interested. I have a pair of those, and I am toying with the idea of using another pair of 965's as the center channel. Is the woofer bad, or the subwoofer?

Thanks
sdl2282

I believe one of the side mounted subwoofer drivers has an issue with the voice coil. I recently noticed a sort of "rattling" sound coming from the rear port while playing some music with deep bass. I assumed it was something loose in the cabinet, so I removed the woofer and took a peek inside. I found nothing loose, so I then played the same bass heavy CD with the woofer in my hand. I could hear it coming from the woofer itself. I could find no tears/holes in the woofer, nor any in the rubber surround. I cannot see anything wrong with the spyder either, so I assume it is the voice coil. Mind you, I could only notice it on a few CDs in my collection that have deep/powerful bass (with the sub level control @ about the 10:00 position). Other than that, I have never heard it. But, there is definitely something going on there. If you could find a replacement woofer or a suitable alternative driver, you'd be good to go. I have purchased a new pair of speakers, and these must go soon. Let me know if interested.

Thanks!
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