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post #31 of 2952
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rhiggs View Post

What do I have. Lets see:

MAINS:
VR40 (one pair)
VR940 (one pair)

BOOKSHELF:
VR-M50 (one pair)
HD8 (two pair)
HD5 (two pair)

SUBS:
PV1000
VR2000
PV600
PV400
SW10 (two)

SURROUNDS:
VR-MX (two pair)
VR-M/EX (one pair)

CENTERS:
VR-10
VR-12
VR-920

That should just about cover it.

Did you ever do a side by side comparison of the VR-MXs vs. the BravoIIs? Very curious for your opinion.
post #32 of 2952
I've had my Boston Acoustic speakers for about 8 years now. These were my first set of home theatre speakers:

Fronts: CR8
Centre: CR2
Surrounds: CR5
Subwoofer: VR500

I used to have these speakers in my living room which didn't really allow me to position the front speakers correctly - no proper seperation or breathing space from the walls. I must admit I was never really all that impressed with the sound when I set them up at home except maybe the VR500 which provides a surprising amount of low end for a 10" sub. However I recently finished my basement and was able to set up the speakers with more generous spacing both apart (about 9 feet) and from the wall (about 2 feet) and the sound has completely opened up. I was quite surprised at the difference the proper positioning can make. I'm enjoying them immensely!
post #33 of 2952
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Originally Posted by fatboyp View Post

I've had my Boston Acoustic speakers for about 8 years now. These were my first set of home theatre speakers:

Fronts: CR8
Centre: CR2
Surrounds: CR5
Subwoofer: VR500

I used to have these speakers in my living room which didn't really allow me to position the front speakers correctly - no proper seperation or breathing space from the walls. I must admit I was never really all that impressed with the sound when I set them up at home except maybe the VR500 which provides a surprising amount of low end for a 10" sub. However I recently finished my basement and was able to set up the speakers with more generous spacing both apart (about 9 feet) and from the wall (about 2 feet) and the sound has completely opened up. I was quite surprised at the difference the proper positioning can make. I'm enjoying them immensely!

Yes, I've always found the BAs to have an excellent sound stage, although, even when the placement wasn't optimal, they are very good in my book.
post #34 of 2952
Quote:
Did you ever do a side by side comparison of the VR-MXs vs. the BravoIIs?

Nope - didn't have a chance to do one.
post #35 of 2952
Fronts/sub: VR975
Center: VR920

Right now I have a pair of Polk satellites for surrounds, but I am looking for something else... maybe the Bravo II's. I don't want anything too big, though, since I live in a relatively small apartment.
post #36 of 2952
I picked up a VR1 to use as my center - don't know how it will turn out.
post #37 of 2952
Steve,
How to get the imaging from VR1 to anchor to your screen durng movie? Is it by tilting the VR1 upwards?

tell us your experience. I have the similar idea of using VR1 as the center in future.

-TC
post #38 of 2952
I ordered it yesterday and it should be here Friday night - I'll have a lot of experimenting to do. I figure that by building a small platform I can raise the TV enough so that it's over the top of the VR1 and it should match up well with what is going on on the screen - at least as well as a normal center channel used below the screen. The advantage this setup will have over normal center channels mounted below TVs or screens will be that the tweeter is 34" high, pretty close to normal ear level.

If I don't like the way it works out, I'll just buy a second VR1 and use them as surrounds.
post #39 of 2952
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Originally Posted by SteveCallas View Post

I ordered it yesterday and it should be here Friday night - I'll have a lot of experimenting to do. I figure that by building a small platform I can raise the TV enough so that it's over the top of the VR1 and it should match up well with what is going on on the screen - at least as well as a normal center channel used below the screen. The advantage this setup will have over normal center channels mounted below TVs or screens will be that the tweeter is 34" high, pretty close to normal ear level.

If I don't like the way it works out, I'll just buy a second VR1 and use them as surrounds.

Hey, I stopped reading the "Funny" thread of yours after you listened to the 340's in the guys store and you felt the VR2's were better. Are you going all Boston (except for the monster sub).
post #40 of 2952
Wasn't initially planning on it, just Boston VRs for the front three. But if the VR1 doesn't work well as the center I will use a pair for surrounds and then I guess cave in and get the VRC or buy an older VR center (VR12 would be nice ) used, giving me 5 Boston speakers and likely a pair of 340s for the rear surrounds.

By the way, I listened to and ended up buying the VR3s, not VR2s.
post #41 of 2952
Thread Starter 
I'm planning to add a third audio zone to my house-- in the living room-- because we are having an electrician install recessed lights and its easy to put ceiling speakers in while he is cutting/wiring up there. I have heard BA makes some of the best in-ceiling speakers. Can anyone with experience recommend a model? The room size is about 16 x 22 feet. I mostly want them for background music at social gatherings. We don't use our living room that much, so I don't want to spend big bucks. Not sure whether I need 2 or 4 speakers.

Advice?
post #42 of 2952
My Setup:

BA VR975 Mains
BA VR 12 Center
BA VR 950 Rears

Denon AVR 4800
Earthquake Cinenova Grande 3 driving fronts
post #43 of 2952
OK, so i'm new here...

My setup? it's in the works

I've got a pair of Boston Acoustics A100 (Series II) speakers as mains.
I've got a Boston Acoustics VR12 Center Channel speaker on the way.
I've got a Yamaha YST-SW005 subwoofer.

I've got a line on a pair of Boston Acoustics MD-5's .... and am wondering what you guys think about combining them with what i've got?

oh, the amp / reciever is a yamaha RX-V530 (5.1 obviously)

Thanks for any input you can provide
post #44 of 2952
CSE, are those MD-5's or HD-5's? I used to have a pair of HD-5's working as the rear surrounds in a 5.1 setup. I thought they did a great job even though they were mixed with VR series speakers.

The VR-12 is probably going to overpower everything else you've got!
post #45 of 2952
Sorry about that They are HD-5's... little typo there.

hrm, well, i do beleive i can control volume levels on all five channels with this amp, so i should be able to balance it somewhat.
post #46 of 2952
What would you suggest for a matching VR-tweeter in the rear surrounds?
post #47 of 2952
Ideally, it is nice to match the VR tweeters all the way around. However, in my opinion, the HD-5s work well as surrounds. I also have used them (& my HD-8s) as surrounds with my VR40s (which have the VR tweeters) before I got my VR-MX and VR-M/EX speakers. Is there a difference in sound quality - Yes but the HD-5 still worked rather well.
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post #48 of 2952
Hrm, okay thanks.
I've got a line on a pair of HD-5's... at what i'm sure will be a reasonable price.
post #49 of 2952
I have 2 HT setups of BA speakers although since moving can only have one HT:

Currently using:
5 VR-M60's and SVS PC-39 Sub

Have still packed up:
2- VR-M50's
2- VR-MX surrounds
1- VR-MC

I love the Boston sound.....
post #50 of 2952
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simm View Post

I have 2 HT setups of BA speakers although since moving can only have one HT:

Currently using:
5 VR-M60's and SVS PC-39 Sub

Have still packed up:
2- VR-M50's
2- VR-MX surrounds
1- VR-MC

I love the Boston sound.....

How do you like the VR-MX's? Did you ever compare to the Bravos?
post #51 of 2952
Any vr1 owners out there tell us what you think of em
thx
post #52 of 2952
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Originally Posted by davidpa View Post

IMO their is so much out there that outperforms these speakers at their pricerange

Would you mind listing some specific examples? (Please stick to MSRP.)
post #53 of 2952
Receiver: Denon AVR-1601
Mains: Boston Acoustics CR67 bookshelves
Subwoofer: SVS PB10-ISD
post #54 of 2952
I have sold and installed Boston Acoustics for almost 20 years. Currently in an attempt to integrate a 7 channel system with a minimum footprint I installed 7 Micro 130s on my(9') ceiling.They are white against the white ceiling so they do not jump out at you visually. Originally I used the PV 1000,but recently sold that to a client and have been experimenting with an ATC woofer. I may go back to the 1000 or some update of it as I love the size to performance ratio. I drive the system with an NAD T763 receiver. The rear channels are paralleled together as it is a 6 channel amp. I also have a 54" x96 Stewart Firehawk that rolls out of the ceiling. It is fun to bring someone into the "living room" and with the push of a button turn it into a theater. The equipment is in my office in the next room. Great sound even considering the odd placement. I have come to enjoy the Pro Logic 2x "music" mode for cd playback etc. We sell much more expensive speakers,but Boston (IMHO) is where some of the best value resides.
post #55 of 2952
Simm, sent you a PM.
post #56 of 2952
ZinMe: I really like the VR-MX's. I have not compared them to the Bravos only because they were not out when I bought these. I am planning on pulling one pair of VR-M60's out of my sysem and using the VR-MX's for surround duty just to make the HT setup less intrusive. We just moved about 2 months ago and I do not have the room to do my HT justice so I am going to be using a downgraded system for the next 12-18 months and then hopefullly I will be able to go back to a semi dedicated room again.

Mthird: I got your PM. Let me think on it for a day or so.
post #57 of 2952
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Originally Posted by PatsFan12 View Post

Any vr1 owners out there tell us what you think of em
thx

If you are always running the VR1s crossed over at 80 HZ, IMO, they would be even better than the VR2 or VR3 in the same situation.
post #58 of 2952
Quote:


If you are always running the VR1s crossed over at 80 HZ, IMO, they would be even better than the VR2 or VR3 in the same situation.

Why would you say that? The VR2 and VR3 each have a dedicated midrange.
post #59 of 2952
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Originally Posted by SteveCallas View Post

Why would you say that? The VR2 and VR3 each have a dedicated midrange.

But the VR1 has 2 mids, so it will have slightly better mid range dynamics in a high passed situation since it has 2 drivrs covering the spectrum from say 80 hz to 2700, while the VR3 only has one from 400 hz to 2800 hz .

I say this IMO as I have a pair each of the VR1 and VR3.
post #60 of 2952
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Originally Posted by PatsFan12 View Post

Any vr1 owners out there tell us what you think of em
thx

I have the VR2s, but I did compared them to the VR1s . I thought the VR2s sounded alot better. If you really look hard you can find the VR2s for just a little more than what the VR1s list for.
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