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#292987 - 02/19/10 07:28 AM Better Sound?
shizam Offline
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I have some Boston Acoustics VR950 towers ( and whatever their center is ) that I bought around 10 years ago, and was wondering if anyone was familiar with that speaker and how they would compare to the M60?

I know the gold standard is just to try out the M60's at home in my own listening area, but I'd rather not do that unless someone is familiar with what I currently have and thinks the M60's will produce sonic nirvanah for my ears \:\)

I'm 99% Home theatre usage at this point.

If it matters, I've got a Denon 2310 for my receiver and a Velodyne SPL1500 sub.

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#292989 - 02/19/10 07:45 AM Re: Better Sound? [Re: shizam]
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Welcome, Shizz.... \:\)
I'm not familiar with those particular Boston Acoustic speakers, but wonder if you're near enough to anyone else hear to get in a little listening session? Where are you located?

It's next-best to listening to them in your own home....
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#292990 - 02/19/10 07:49 AM Re: Better Sound? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
shizam Offline
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I'm about 45 minutes north of Atlanta, Georgia. I saw a list of willing people to audition that there were a couple of people in Georgia willing.

But honestly I'm not sure I'd remember what mine sounded like when I was listening to the M60's, and vice versa when I get home and listen to the Boston Acoustics again \:\)

Long shot here, but I was hoping someone had my speakers, then bought the M60's and did a comparision.

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#292991 - 02/19/10 07:59 AM Re: Better Sound? [Re: shizam]
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Your best bet then is to order a set and do a listening test. I've never heard BA home speakers.
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#292992 - 02/19/10 08:35 AM Re: Better Sound? [Re: Wid]
shizam Offline
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Yeah, I guess I'll probably end up doing that.

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#292993 - 02/19/10 08:37 AM Re: Better Sound? [Re: Wid]
Adrian Offline
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Loc: It's all about the location.
If you could find a willing M60 owner in your area, maybe they'd be kind enough to let you bring your own speakers(towers) to the audition as well. If not, you would need to make sure you use demo material that you know inside out. It's the subtleties that separate the better speakers imo.

BTW, when I bought my Axioms, I intended them to be used about 80% for HT much like you, but I find myself listening to and buying a lot of music again...50/50 music/HT.
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#292995 - 02/19/10 08:51 AM Re: Better Sound? [Re: Adrian]
terzaghi Offline
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Ever think about getting the m80's? Just had to throw that out there... ;\)
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#292996 - 02/19/10 08:53 AM Re: Better Sound? [Re: terzaghi]
shizam Offline
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Yeah I thought about the M80's, but I'm unsure if my new receiver, a Denon 2310 would handle it. I usually listen to it at the -28 to -25 DB range.

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#292997 - 02/19/10 09:06 AM Re: Better Sound? [Re: shizam]
Adrian Offline
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Loc: It's all about the location.
I don't think you'd have any problems with the 2310, others have used "lower" Denons with M80s at much louder levels successfully(I have never had a prob with my 2809 at much higher levels).

The 2809 is in fact, the next one "up" in Denons line(last year), but I've cranked it up to levels my ears can't take before the amp has any prob's.


Edited by Adrian (02/19/10 09:47 AM)
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#293005 - 02/19/10 10:36 AM Re: Better Sound? [Re: shizam]
alan Offline

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Hi Shizam,

Yes, you are correct, our acoustical memory is quite short, a matter of a few seconds, especially listening to different speakers in different rooms.

I have heard Boston Acoustics speakers over the years, as well as reviewing them for AV magazines I've edited (Sound&Vision Canada, Sound Canada, Audio (New York).

What you will find is that the Axiom M60s or M80s (or M22s) are more neutral and transparent (a smoother, more linear frequency response) and better balanced than the BA's.

The most neutral BA's produced were the early A40, A60, A70 etc. The Boston floorstanding models were never as good, in my experience, and a private audition of some BA's with aluminum woofers was disastrous (this was long before I worked for Axiom).

Try a home audition at your place or someone else's place. Axiom's neutrality and natural quality will convert you. Try and use well-recorded CDs of music you know well.

Regards,
Alan
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