Steve, thanks for taking the time to post your impressions of the VP180. Everything you’ve said about it working better with the M80s than the VP150 is what I felt when I switched to an M80 center except the part about being less forward.
Being that it is noticeably less forward than the M80 have you noticed any issues with the timbre of voices changing as they pan across the front soundstage like when an actor walks off screen left or right while talking?
P.S. Welcome to the all 80’s front soundstage club. You thought the M80 posse was bad . . . .