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Mikey L

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is anyone here familiar with boston acoustics speakers? I am upgrading my speakers and am considering a center from them. I know they are based here in new england and i'm not sure what their national exposure is but if any has used/tested them in the past please let me know.
 

Michael Vasquez

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I imagine you will get replies from two types of people: people who have Boston Acoustics and absolutely love them and audio snobs who don't like them because they are reasonably priced.
I am in the former category, I started out with a pair of A60's in the late 1980's. Absolutely great speakers. When the cone surrounds finally gave up a year ago, instead of waiting for the repairs to the old ones (which sound great again!), I bought a pair of CR 8's.
I have always run my BA's through Yamaha equipment, I don't know how they sound with other equipment, but I couldn't be happier. I have a full BA home theater set-up and I love it. The sound is very crisp and clean, very transparent, they put out reasonable bass, but of course on movies you will want a sub.
Definitely consider the BA's. You will want to take some CD's that you know well, with a wide variety of styles and try them out to be sure though.
The only concern I would have is that the front sound stage will not be matched if you use different brands of speaker. I have BA's all around, and I would certainly recommend them, but I couldn't say how well they would match with other speakers.
But if you like the sound, go for it.
 

Kevin Coleman

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I have all BA's except for my sub. I just replaced 4 CR6's with four CR8's for the front and surrounds. I also have two M90C center chanells one for the front and one for the back. I have been very happy with mine.
Kevin C. :)
 

Chris Madalena

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I'll chime in my loving support of Boston. I've had a pair of HD8s for over ten years that still sound awesome. I use them now for my back surrounds. I have a pair of vr950s for mains, a vr10 center, and a pair of cr9s for my surrounds. Couldn't be happier. They all have a warm, smooth character to them. Detailed but not overly bright highs. Solid low end.
Chris
 

Ted Lee

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i've never had long-term exposure to the boston's, but when i did hear them i thought they sounded great. they also have a good reputation among audio people.
i think anyone who discounts a speaker simply because they're inexpensive are just idiots. i wouldn't listen to another word they say.
oh yeah...check out audioreveiw.com
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Brett Hancock

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I recently purchased a pair of CR9's for my front's and a CRC for my center channel. I have an older bookshelf model of boston in the back and I can say that I love the sound of them. I recommend them
 

Bryce

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I have a pair of Boston VR-975's (built in subs) tower speakers for mains, a VR-10 center channel speakers, and a pair of CR-8's for rears paired with a Sony receiver. I couldn't be happier. The combination sounds fantastic with everything. I don't understand why it is that people disregard something based on price; except in the case of Bose but that's another story. I say go for the Boston's. I got all five speakers for $1600 and they are comparable to similar speakers that sell for2 or 3 times that amount.
 

BlaineJ

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I notice that there's a Tweeter in your town. Hi-Fi Buys here in Georgia is a subsidiary of Tweeter and they carry Boston Acoustics. You can probably get an audition there (but you probably already knew that).
I have VRS Micro's for the rear surrounds. I don't think I'm too crazy about the diffuse sound pattern. The sounds are very artificial to me, but it may be that I've got them installed incorrectly (actually, I *KNOW* that I've got them installed incorrectly - they're supposed to have the tweeters firing to the front and back of the room. Because of the way my walls are positioned, I had to fire them straight at the listener - side to side, instead of front and back).
That being said, I was in the market for front speakers at one time (still am, but have to spend my money elsewhere for the time being) and got an audition of the VR-950's (http://www.bostonacoustics.com/Produ...=1&SeriesID=16 ) and was blown away. *VERY* nice sounding speakers.
...and only $700 for the pair.
 

Tom J. Davis

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Here's another vote for Boston's. I have the VR-40's, VR-12, VR-20's and Lynnfield 200L's.
Their fantastic. I've also owned at one time or another T-830's, CR-9's, 404v, and their first 10" powered sub. In my opinion they need to be matched with an amp or receiver that has a warm sound to it. Boston is based in MA. I used to work for a dealer that carried Boston.
 

RyanMM

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I have the Micro 90x speakers & I love them (but now that I moved and have a bigger theater room, I am eyeballing the 950s) When I was looking I compared them to Energy & Mirage speakers. The other 2 seemed entirely too bright. The BAs also seemed to much more accurate sounding.
Ryan
 

Greg Thomas

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I recently sent Boston a question regarding a center channel to match by old A70 Series II speakers. They told me to go with the CRC because it and the A70 have the same soft dome tweeters.
You may want a different center if you have newer Bostons.
 

Steve Simm

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I bought a pair of VR-M60's about 4 months ago. I had been eying them for about a year and finally broke down and picked them up. They are excellent speakers for both music and movies. I plan on getting the matching center and surrounds soon but for now they match very well with my Polk CS-400 center and M-3 Surrounds. The Bostons were not cheap but I have no regret in purchasing them.
 

MatthewJ S

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I sell 'em and like 'em a lot,but guys, I can't emphasize this enough,,,,voice match,voice match,voice match=== it's not a good idea to mix BA's from differant series ..ie;compact referance with video referance( cr's with vr's)...very differant sounding speakers
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Chris PC

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I cannot comment on current Boston Acoustics equipment. I have 12 year old A70 II's. 2 way 1 inch tweeter and 8 inch woofer. Nice sound. Clean and clean. Loud if you have the power.
Boston Acoustics generally makes good clean speakers. Similar speakers in terms of cost, quality and reproduction (as in undistorted) are PSB and Paradigm. I myself am getting some PSB speakers because I'd like to try some Canadian made speakers this time :)
[Edited last by Chris PC on July 15, 2001 at 10:18 AM]
 

Bryce

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I did want to voice match my speakers but that wasn't possible. There is no good surround speaker from the VR series. The VRS surround speaker doesn't put out enough bass for my tastes and I really wanted a straight bookshelf speaker since it is more versatile. I couldn't use towers as rears either.
 

John Geelan

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Boston also makes great car speakers. I have the RM9's in my car that are wonderful.
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