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Von Schweikert VR-3
15 Reviews
rating  4.33 of 5
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JJM a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Superb speakers! These were going cheap on eBay so I picked up a pair with the intention of re-selling them. Fired them up & I was blown away!. I didn't think I could do much better than my Stratus Gold i's (excellent speakers) but now the Gold's are sold & it's the VR-3's cranking out the tunes. It's been a long time since I put in a component & started hearing significant improvements in resolution. Usually the improvements, if any, have been incremental. The Gold's are no slouces in the resolution dept but the VR's are much better. How good? The best that I've heard from speakers under 5k. Most importantly it's what I would call "organic detail". No harshness, no added zing. Some speakers are prone to "highlighting" & a cymbal splash will sound like its in your face & 10' tall. Not with the VRs. Everything is in its proper perspective. However, resolution is not this speakers best quality. The holographic soundstage it throws is unbelievable. A rock solid 3-D image. If you've heard OHM Fs, you know what I'm talking about. The sweet spot is enormous. Midrange clarity is exceptional, however you must fill the mid/tweeter cavity with sand(as per owner's manual)to reach full potential. This is not an optional step, its mandatory for best sound. Although it's messy, the reward in focus & upper bass/mid clarity is well worth it. Bass is great too. Nice & tight with lots of it. A real surprise was with some organ cd's (rock the house, shake the floor types) in which the bass went down a few more registers than expected. I had been conditoned with previous speakers (all respected manufactures) that the bass went only so far and was never disappointed as they went down plenty, but then the VR's showed me where the bottom really is! The only item I can fault these for is the somewhat sloppy build quality. But its not something that you can immediately see since the grill cloth is not easily removable. If you do get them off you would see sloppily routered openings & glued joints that looked like they were troweled on. But, it is the sound, the sound, it is to die for & that's whats really important. Plus the exterior finish (grill cloth, cherry end caps) are fine, so it's only when you peek inside that you might be a little disappointed. In the scheme of things I view this as a very minor issue. Listening to these is an eye opening & gratifying experience. If you have a chance give them a listen. You'll be impressed.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $860.00

Purchased At:   eBay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rag a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2003

Bottom Line:   
On the look out for a compact monitor, I compared the Von Schweikert VR1 with other models like the Totem 1.
Actually I could not believe the sound coming out of those high quality mini monitors. Surprising bass, sweet highs and real mid's. To my ears the Vr1 was a bit more forward than the others and the sound really involved me with the music. It was difficult to keep the volume down. Expansive sound stage, no compression at the loudness I used them, good with classics, pop and jazz. Build quality is exemplary.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $1500.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul M a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The most telling attribute of this speaker is it's uncanny ability to reproduce organ music. I've listened up close and personal to the organ at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and my experiences were almost identical.

Has a fairly wide zone for optimal listening pleasure with a very precise soundstage.

The intended audience for this speaker is anyone who enjoys music and can spare the room. Also, these are not the most beautiful speakers in the world. Ah, well, the world is not perfect.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $920.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon from SS



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tom Davis a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2001

Bottom Line:   
My VR3's now occupy the Home Theater setup's L/R front, having been replaced by Genesis VI's in the devoted listening (2 channel) room. In both locations the VR3 has been very satisfying; in fact their ability to produce tuneful and prodigious bass is a real benefit for theater surround use (I've never felt the need for a subwoofer). The VR3 does everything well - not "blow you away" level, but solid, musical performance in all the standard categories. Extended, non fatiguing highs? Yes. Smooth, clean midrange? Absolutely. Deep, musical bass? It's there in spades. They create a very credible soundstage with good width and depth, and the notes never appear to be sticking to the drivers or the enclosure. The VR3 is a much better speaker than the Sound Dynamics 300Ti (which wasn't as easy to live with over time), and a better "overall" performer than the Magnepan.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Sound II



Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Johan Radlund a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: April 28, 1999

Bottom Line:   
After using a pair for nearly a year I can say that they are indeed very good, but not perfect.
The good parts. Fabulous midrange, transients and dynamics.
The not so good parts. The quality of the bass is only average,
the timing can be confusing to my ears (brain really).
Overall Rating 4.

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Duration Product Used:   an Audiophile




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