Boston Acoustics VR 40 Floorstanding Speakers

Boston Acoustics VR 40 Floorstanding Speakers 

DESCRIPTION

(2) 7" Woofers, 5.5" Mid and 1" Tweeter (1994-1998)

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 26, 2018]
Kirchner550


Strength:

I heard these back in1995 by accident. I happened to walk into a room in the back of a Audio/Video store while they were being demonstrated to another customer. I never forgot the way they sounded. Unfortunately that day I bought a pair of Klipsch Epic CF 2’s that we’re on sale and quite a bit cheeper. Fast forward to 2018. Still remembering how much I loved the VR 40’s I started my search. I found a pair! They are in exceptional condition and oh my God the sound! I paid $400 including shipping from across the country. I would pay over $1000 and feel great about it. Honestly. I know there are better sounding speakers out there but you can keep them. To me paired with a Carver A400 x amp They are perfect. Great mids and very tight punchy base. Very mellow and smooth but the base will thump you in your chest. After losing the Klipsch to a house fire I’ve listened to a LOT of speakers over the years. I’m glad I decided to hunt for a pair of VR’s. From playing vinyl on my Pro Ject Debut Carbon Esprit to CD’s on an Onkyo 7030 to steaming FLAC files and Deezer these speakers sound great! If you have the room and patience to find a well cared for pair I wouldn’t hesitate. Maybe one day I can trade up to a better more expensive pair of speakers. But if that never happens I will more than happy with what I have now.

Price Paid:
400
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
2018
OVERALL
RATING
5
[Nov 13, 2014]
rb7399
Audio Enthusiast

I have owned these since 1997. Bought new. An excellent speakers, used for Video setup with full set of VR speakers. VR2000 sub. VR12 center, VR Pro sides and Boston inwalls rear.

Integra 9.9 Receiver 7.1 channel setup. One hell of a Movie experience.

I use Von Schweikerts 4.5 in my music setup in another room. So I have a great comparison.

I would buy them again!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 16, 2004]
jtgwinatl
Casual Listener

Strength:

Great highs, mids. Works well with a mid-size amp, these speakers aren't super power hungry, but can handle lots of power...everything is relative the more power they receive, the better they will sound.

Weakness:

Not really a weakness, but a sub would make a good companion, as these speakers aren't noise boxes (klipsch), these are finely crafted speakers...like everything else, they have their purpose, as a sub has its purpose. Speakers that try to do everything, fall short on performance.

I upgraded these speakers with hifibuy's 1 year speaker trade up . I had boston vr-20 s and had the option of upgrading to these and only paid about $700 in total for them. I think for $700 i got a great deal. These speakers are as good sounding speakers as i've heard in a while. I used to work at SoundAdvice in miami, and i've heard many a speaker. I like the kefs as well, i think for jazz, classical, even latin jazz/salsa these speakers sound really nice. If you can find a pair on ebay/audiogon for a decent price pick them up, you won't be disappointed.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 03, 1999]
John Stevenson
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Perfectly balanced speaker delivering perfect bass, amazing vocals and mids, and also truly unique and remarkable highs from it's lynfield tweeters

Weakness:

none I've discovered in two years

When I started looked for new speakers I had three thousand budgeted and started by listening to some high end speakers. When I finally found a pair I really liked (over five thousand) I compared them to the new VR40s. To be honest, the 40s outperformed them and all the energy models hands down. These are particularly fine for jazz and classical, producing one of the best and detailed soundstages for voice, drums, strings, and sax.

These speakers were replaced with more AVis speakers, a shame because the newer models don't hold up to music as well as the VR40s and these perform better for home theater as well in my opinion (but wouldn't pass the bull@#$it THX ratings so they had to change it.

These speakers have a very unique tweeter so if you have taken care of your ears the first time you hear it you will smile and realize these are different. The only other speakers which have the same components and are comparable cost over six thousand (the boston lynfields).

Similar Products Used:

krell, parasound, energy, linn, sunfire

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 08, 1998]
Greg
an Audiophile

I really love my vr4o's they are one of the best speakers i've ever heard, there are more expensive ones that sound better but that is always the case. I give these five speakers for lows, mids and highs they are clear. Plus the good part for me is that I got them half off at alma's hifi as demo's. In mint condtion, they just wanted to bring out the new series.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 23, 1998]
Mike
an Audio Enthusiast

I just bought a pair of VR40's and think they are fantastic. Mine are a little underpowered being played through an ADCOM GFA 535, but we hear much more of the music than ever before.
If you can find a pair for $800-$900, buy them and don't look back. I too am seriously considering buying another pair.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 24, 2001]
John Nabozny
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Supurb midbass,clean midrange,precise highs,very good power hadeling

Weakness:

Lack of low end excitement.Must use good quality sub.

Very clean sound,that is easy to full in love with.Ahead of it's time.Fantastic!

Similar Products Used:

paridigm

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 27, 2001]
Lenny
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

mid-range clarity, sweet & seducive

Weakness:

somewhat ugly looking, little bass shy

i have had these speakers since 1996. i dont listen to them every day, but when i do listen they bring out the emotion of the music out of my old cd's collection like no other speakers i had the opportunity to try. the mid-range is sweet and so seducive that i listen to them hours at times when i do listen. and they havent had a problem thus far.

for home theater, they work flawlessly with other ba speakers. they are hard to be beaten with my setup. see the associate products used below.

highly recommonded. if u looking to spend under $2k for a pair of stereo speakers, then these sleepy boys can't be beaten. the new boston vrm floor standing speakers are at least $2k a pair. can't wait to compare them to my sweet vr40.

associate electronics:
moster cables all around
denon avp8000
denon pao8200/8300
front left/right: ba vr40
center: ba vr12
surround: ba vrs pro
subwoofer: ba vr2000
cd player: sony xa3es (hook up: analog)
dvd player: sony dvp-s330 (hook up: digital)

Similar Products Used:

bw604, polks, infinity...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 26, 2001]
Steve Leone
Audiophile

Strength:

Full-range, warm sound with emphasis on midrange for a more ambient sound texture, which is needed for jazz, blues, and some rock.

Weakness:

Plastic feet can break easily, though I received replacement feet simply by emailing the Boston Acoustics site--incredible customer support!

This is one of the most underrated speakers that were on the market in the 90s. With the use of a digital sound meter and the naked ear, I compared these speakers with some of my audiophile friends' speakers (the brands mentioned above), and the frequency response was strong and consistent from 30 hz to 20 mhz unlike the others. Also, a fuller, warmer sound is emitted by these speakers than any other mainstream speaker line under $1500 that I could test. These Boston Acoustics VR-40s sound more full than any current BA speaker models, and so I'm proud to own these babies for incredible home theatre sounds and for strictly stereo reproduction of the finest jazz and rock albums in history.

Similar Products Used:

Definitive Technology, Energy, Polk, Bose, and other mainstream speaker lines (i.e. those sold at Good Guys or Circuit City)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 04, 1998]
Daryl Nguyen
an Audio Enthusiast

I have listened to the Boston Acoustics VR40 and they sound great. Much better than B&W DM604. Hoping to get them soon and run them off my Onkyo TXHSV828. Love to hear from people out there. Please let me know what you think before I go ahead and purchase it. In Australian they cost about $1700 USD. Are they too expensive?

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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