New Boston Acoustics series spotted at Tweeter

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  1. LanceJ

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    But forgot to memorize the series name--oops. :b

    They seemed like budget versions of their top "VR-M" series: the same general shape, same (externally) AMD tweeter; but new midrange. I couldn't find these on Tweeter's or Boston's site.

    Saw a center channel, and three floorstanders. All were black [​IMG].

    * Largest floorstander had dual 7" woofers, one 4.5" midrange, and the AMD tweeter (hey Boston: what's the deal with this funky-sized woofer y'all keep using??). About $1250/pair.

    * Next smaller model same as above but used dual 6.5" woofers in a significantly smaller cabinet. About $850/pair.

    * Smallest floorstander used dual 6.5 inchers & the AMD tweeter--no midrange. About $600/pair.

    * Center used three of those same midranges + AMD tweeter. I think it cost $400.

    Didn't have time to listen to them & didn't have any of my own CDs with me anyway. Sorry!

    BTW: Circuit City has a new line from Infinity called "Primus". Looked like an entry-level series.

    LJ
     
  2. LanceJ

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    Due to the huge fanbase here of this brand [​IMG], I'm doing the "bump" thing.

    LJ
     
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    I spoke with the sales guy I always work with around here the other day and he said his shop was taking up a new line from Boston Acoustics that appears to be based on their VR-M line. Personally, I hope this is true. I've said it numerous times -- if more of BA's speakers sounded more like the VR-M series, they would have an entirely different (i.e., better) reputation.

    -Robb
     
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    This new series is now on Boston's site.

    Here's the top model, the VR3.

    And check out the sensitivity rating.

    LJ
     
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    Could someone explain to me a litel bit about the sensitivity rating and what it does?


    Thanks, Mark
     
  6. LanceJ

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    Sensitivity, the quick and dirty version [​IMG]:

    Basically, it just means how loud a speaker gets when a certain amount of power is applied. It's usually measured with one watt of power with the test microphone placed one meter away from the speaker. I think they use pink noise to do this, but can't remember exactly.

    A speaker with an 85dB sensitivity rating is commonly known as a "power sponge"; one with a 100dB rating is sometimes known as "really f**kin' loud!".

    Inefficient speakers are NOT bad--it's just that certain designs trade loudness for: deeper bass; or less distortion; or higher accuracy.

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    Sensitivity is commonly measured as:

    1 watt @ 1 meter @ 1000 hertz
     
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    Well, I can't wait to audition these. I've never been very comfortable recommending anything other than the VR-M line for folks to add to their list of speakers to audition. So unless someone's prepared to hit $1,000 per speaker mark, BA often gets left out. On *paper* these look like they could be the ticket.

    -Robb
     

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