Originally Posted by gotcory
The VR-14 center you have is a perfect match for the VR-35's. They are the THX series with more mid/dialogue emphasis, and this the only ones that have two 2.5" mids. There is a better center speaker match out there for the VR960s, you just need to check which ones have which drivers... by memory, I am thinking to start with the VR12 or VR910.
Thanks for the reply!
In truth the VR-14 is not the perfect match for the VR-960's because the VR-960's are a two way speaker and the VR-14 is a three way speaker. In a three way speaker there is that extra midrange driver that reproduces the part of the audio spectrum the woofer and tweeter would usually cover in a two way speaker and therefore the crossover frequencies of the woofer and tweeter are shifted.
The VR-920 is the center speaker that is from the same series as my VR-960's and should be the ideal match for my speakers, however the VR-920 is also a three way speaker unlike the other speakers from the 9 series, so they will never really be a perfect match. To illustrate, the center channel speaker of the VR-M series (the VR-MC) is a two way speaker (with the addition of a passive radiator) just like the stereo speakers from that series.
So in regards to my speaker conundrum, after taking apart the VR-14 numerous times and configuring it an a plethora of different configurations, as well as using different crossovers (two-way as well as three-way), I put the whole thing back together, and just for grins stuck it on top of the fridge that sits about 3 or 4 feet behind the TV. I turned the surround sound system on, and lo and behold the center channel was sounding a heck of a lot better than it ever did before! I left the VR-14 on the fridge, and ran all my speaker tests, and the VR-14 was sounding just like a great center channel should, and all the problems I described in my original post had vanished.
I came to the conclusion that a three way speaker takes a greater distance (between you and the speaker) for all the drivers in the speaker to come together and form a coherent sound. I believe the harshness I was describing was due to the fact that the VR-14 was to close to the couch. The VR-960's did not have this problem because they are two- way speakers, and since they are further from the listener to begin with (not being directly in front of the listener like the center speaker).
So, in conclusion I am currently using the VR-14 with my VR-960's and I am quite happy with the sound! Both speakers blend well enough to use together. They definitely have different sound characteristics with the VR-960's being smoother and the VR-14 revealing more detail, but the added clarity of the VR-14 really seems to add to the surround sound experience.