Boston Acoustics VR2 Floorstanding Speakers

4.14/5 (7 Reviews) MSRP : $425.00


Product Description

  • Dual 6½" DCD bass drivers
  • New 4½" neodymium copolymer midrange
  • Tight, point-source driver alignment
  • MagnaGuard magnetic shielding


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by P W Henry a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2011

Bottom Line:   
This isn't on this particular speaker but too a well circit citys top of the line center that they sold for 300+.And is about what these go for there when they were open. The first thing you have to put in your head is these are not made in U.S.A.even though the box and ever thing else would like you to believe.It may say Mass on the box but if you do a little snooping you will find out different.Pull out a driver,this voids your warranty so you have to say you took a mechanics mirror,by at auto zone or where you can.Look on the back of the driver through the port.Don't tell them you pulled the driver or you will be stuck with them and this is what I'm trying to get you out of! The driver will say in little letters made in Taiwan or Indonesia or at the worst China.I have done this with the lower price Boston's and Infinity,Klipsch and so forth.Even though the box says made and manufactured in the U.S.If you like the sound or how pretty they are buy them.Even the speakers that are made in the U.S. are farmed out until you get up to the big bucks800.00 a piece.Allot of the speakers made for some well known Co are made in Eminence Ky.I drove and p/u parts mostly magnet structures and delivered them to the speaker co.I was very surprised!!So do your homework and check them out you might be surprised as i was.Thanks

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Philip a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Having always loved good sound, I was excited to finally purchase my own set of decent quality speakers. After listening to many different types I finally narrowed the desicion down to Kef and Boston. In my opinion, the bostons were far better in every way. I have had mine now for close on two years, and I love every minute listening to them. I find the bass is absolutely superb, in fact, so good that I am not even considering the addition of a sub, although, I must attribute some of this excellent bass to my Rotel RB1080 amp, which controls the bass beautifully.

I find these speakers, clear, accurate, and lively. They really shine for home theatre, but do just as well for many different types of music.

I can see myself keeping these speakers for a very long time, and probably struggling to find replacements when the time comes.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006



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

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Very nice no nonsense appearence with good lines and balance. Drivers and build seem of good quality, and all in all present a great value in hi-fi. 20 years ago these would have been $1500.00 speakers.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by deejmic a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Boston Acoustics is a fairly renowned speaker manufacturer located in..... you guessed it - Massachusetts. They have been producing middle/high end speakers for the better part of 30 years. The history of the company is pretty good reading for anyone interested. However, this review is about a set of speakers, not the company.
The VR2 is the middle sized speaker in the VR reference line. It boasts a 200 Watt power handling capacity and the specification claim a frequency response of 41 Hz to 20 Khz. About average response for this speaker type. The speakers are made from MDF (medium density fiberboard) as are most speakers, due to the inherent sonic qualities of the material. In the VR series, the speakers are furniture grade vinyl clad, as opposed to wood veneer covered. No sonic deficiencies or benefits can be attributed either way. But you definitely get a price break. Many manufactures of relatively high end speakers don't use wood veneer in their product lines, so this isn't unusual. The speakers grills on the VR2 are sturdy and fit very well. The criss-cross pattern provides stability and the cloth covering is good material and fitted on the grill nicely. The speakers come with binding posts instead of spring clips which is nice, and they can be bi-amped or bi-wired. A nice option in this price range. I've heard it rumoured on the internet that Boston uses Vifa woofer and tweeters in their speakers. Vifa is a speaker driver manufacturer with an excellent reputation among audiophiles for building some of the most sonically accurate speakers on the market.
All of these details, the cabinet material, the grills, the binding posts, the drivers, all add up to an amazing value. The sound? Well, I've auditioned many, many speakers over the last few years. I've had Bic Venturi 7's from the early 70's, Polk Audio, Advent, Infinity, Bose, JBL, Pioneer and my favorites - 1977 Yamaha NS-500 2 way speakers, probably my favorite sounding speaker of all time. Back when Yamaha truly did make fantastic, top of the line pro audio.
So how do these compare? Well, honestly, they don't sound as nice as those Yamaha's. But then again, we're talking about a set of Yamaha speakers that cost several hundred dollars 30 years ago compared to Boston Acoustics at $450.00/pr. today. But the Boston's sound really, really good. They are well made, solid, accurate. The bass is very good, not excellent. The power handling capabilities are outstanding. The sensitivity is rated at 93dB/Watt which is pretty sensitive and will allow them to be driven with modest amplifier power. My first impression was that they are very crisp and "live" sounding. The mid-range is accurately produced without wash-out and I honestly think most people could get by without a seperate sub-woofer. They are fairly hefty at 45 lbs./ea. and in my opinion will be a speaker that can be enjoyed for a long time to come under almost any circumstance. They do well at both music and home theater and I would not hesitate to recommend them for either use.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $440.00



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

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2007

Bottom Line:   
These are fantastic speakers at a great price. Happened to be at The Great Indoors a few months ago and found these on clearance for less than half price new in the box. They have great response and haunting presense. The sound is very neutral unlike many other speakers in this price range. I would dare to compare these to the much more expensive Revel speakers. In fact even better at less than half the price. The componets quality and materials rival many higher end manufactures

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   Great Indoors




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