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Surround speakers: Boston Acoustics vs Jamo

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Gregory S, Jan 14, 2003.

  1. Gregory S

    Gregory S Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi,

    I'm looking for opinions on the Boston Acoustics VR-MX surround speakers vs the Jamo 8SUR surround speaker.

    I know the VR-MX is a diffuse speaker, not really a dipole or bipole - depends how you orient the speakers you can get diffuse or direct. The Jamo is switchable between dipole or bipole.

    What are the differences between the 2 speakers (bright, warm, etc.) and which speakers has a better sense of envelopment.

    If you only have experience with one of them please tell me your experience/opinions.

    Thanks,
    Greg
     
  2. Gregory S

    Gregory S Stunt Coordinator

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    I know there's at least some BA users here! What's your opinion of the VR-MX?

    Thanks,
    Greg
     
  3. Jose G

    Jose G Supporting Actor

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    Gregory,
    I wish I could really help you, but since there has been little response to this post- I'll tell you what little I can. I have heard a pair of Boston VR965 series speakers, not the VRM series. The speakers sounded great, rich in the highs, clear vocals, nice imaging- great midrange, and went down real low. I know I left saying- "wish I had room for these." Now, as far as new Boston bookshlef speakers are concerned- I think the older HD series blow the new CR series out of the water. Hey, a lot of people really like the CR series speakers, but I thought they were on the thin side and maybe knowing that Boston's aren't made in the US anymore effected my hearing regarding this series- could happen. I now nothing of the Jamos and can't help you really- but I thought I would give you my .02 on the Boston line. One more thing- I have heard a high end BA sub and it kicked @@$. In sum, I think the high end BA's sound great, the lower end was better in the past, and the jamos- can't say at all. This is just my opinion mind you.
     
  4. Gregory S

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    Jose,

    Thanks for taking the time to respond. Appreciate your opinion on the BA's.

    Greg
     
  5. Evan M.

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    Hi greg, sorry you have not been given too many responces. B.A. Never seems to garner the amount of responces (and sometimes respect) that i think they should. The company has been around for years and has always made very high quality speakers. Like any company they will take a dip here and there but they remaine to me at least one of the better speakers on the market today. The VRMX is a fine surround speaker, the best "small" surround that Boston offers. It has the Lynfield tweeter which is a 1" aluminum dome tweeter so you are going to get well defined highs. The driver is 5 1/4" which will produse good mids. With its very solid and heavy enclosure and good looks you have a wonderful surround sound speaker. I am not familiar with Jamo so i apologize for not offering more on them. Give a good listen to the Boston though,as well as the jamo and let your ears be the judge. What receiver will be pushing theses speakers and what is the front soundstage? I know it is not imperitive that the fronts are the same brand as the rears but I would want to at least come close in matching the tweeters. Horn loaded speakers up front will sound odd with say a silk dome tweeter for the rears. At any rate good luck with your decision. Let us know what you decide.
     
  6. Gregory S

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    Hi Evan,

    Thanks for the response. My L/C/R's are ACI Sapphire III LE's - a very smooth sounding speaker and not bright at all. If I was going with direct radiators then I would go with the ACI Emeralds. However, I want something more diffuse, such as a dipole or bipole. Both, Boston Acoustics and Jamo use cherry wood in their speakers, which go very well with the Sapphire's cherry - my wife likes the BA speakers, although she hasn't seen the Jamo's. BA's look nicer I think. I also was thinking about the Def Tech BP2X and the Axiom QS-8. I did listen to the BA's at Tweeter, but they weren't set-up to well. They did appear to have a rich sound that I think would go well with the Sapphires. I really would need to listen to it in my home to know for sure, but nothing was glaringly wrong.

    I'm using the HK AVR-520 receiver - I really like it.

    If you have any other opinions please post them. What's your opinion on matching the BA's or any of the other speakers I mentioned with the Sapphires?

    Thanks again,
    Greg
     
  7. Robb Roy

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    Greg,

    I guess I'm really just adding to everyone else's responses regarding the BAs. I use the VR-MXs for my side surrounds and love them. I'm using the VR-M line (I think if more people actually heard this line, opinions of BA would be much higher) all around, though, and that does mean they integrate very well. I can't comment on the Jamo, either.

    -Robb
     
  8. Steve Simm

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    I have been using a pair of VR-MX surrounds for the last year and am very pleased with them. Sound great in my system as well as look nice. I bought a DVD-A player a few months ago and was worried how a nondirect radiating speaker would work with music but I feel that there is little difference in the VR-MX and a direct radiator. You get the best of both.
     

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