A New Vision in Great Sound
Owners are rightly dazzled by the picture quality of today's flat-panel TVs, but few have kind words for the sound of their TV's built-in speakers. Enter the Boston Acoustics VS Series, a line of floorstanding, bookshelf, and on-wall loudspeakers that produces stunningly realistic, richly detailed surround sound whether you're watching movies or listening to music. Dispelling all notions of the typical "rectangular box" loudspeaker, VS loudspeakers feature elegant cabinets finished with black piano lacquer, along with high-gloss furniture-grade panels on both ends in your choice of high-gloss cherry, maple, black, or ebony lacquer. More significantly for audiophiles, the speakers are made of the highest quality materials, with high-frequency-molded MDF exteriors that yield to wave-like curved surfaces. The curved surfaces are designed to reduce internal standing waves and significantly reduce any panel or cabinet resonances, creating a warm, rich sound. And to further the goal of inertness, the cabinets also incorporate substantial internal bracing, providing an ideal environment for high-performance, resonance-free sound reproduction.
All VS Series speakers are voice matched, helping you create a custom surround sound system.
This particular loudspeaker--the three-way VS 325c center-channel speaker--is designed to reproduce a movie's dialogue channel, making it arguably the most important speaker in your surround sound setup. Fortunately, the VS 325c handles the task with ease. The speaker boasts dual 5-1/4-inch cone woofers made of Organic Composite Cone Material (OCCM), a 3-inch OCCM midrange driver, and a 1-inch Super-Wide Bandwidth (SWB) tweeter. The drivers combine to ensure that dialogue is rendered clearly and coherently, and that music and center-screen sound effects come to life. Developed for the purpose of maintaining rigidity with minimal sacrifice to sensitivity, OCCM drivers employ a mix of select natural fibers to reduce resonance and improve sonic accuracy. The resulting bass is rich and distortion-free, especially when combined with the speaker's rear-firing acoustically tuned ports. The speaker's Super-Wide Bandwidth tweeter, meanwhile, features a Coupled Dual Concentric Diaphragm (CDCD) designed to enrich high frequencies. CDCD tweeters differ from traditional dome-shaped tweeters in one key manner: the center of traditional tweeters gradually decouples at high frequencies (above 10 to 12 kHz), moving out of phase with the remaining structure. This prevents the frequencies from radiating outward in the proper manner and often cancels them out. CDCD-equipped tweeters, by contrast, terminate the center of the diaphragm to a brass plug, helping the driver work more like a piston, which in turn significantly lowers the "noise floor." The result is greater transparency and micro dynamics, with lower crossover points that create a more full-bodied sound character at high output levels. And to ensure a pure signal transfer in all speaker connections, the VS 325c is outfitted with five-way gold-plated binding posts.
Other details include MagnaGuard video shielding that protects the speaker from video interference, bi-amping and bi-wiring capability, and a recommended amplifier range of 10 to 250 watts. This version of the VS 325c speaker--which boasts a black piano lacquer finish and high-gloss layered bird's-eye maple end panels--carries a five-year warranty.
- Frequency range: 65 Hz to 30 kHz
- Recommended amplifier: 10 to 250 watts
- Sensitivity: 90 dB
- Nominal impedance: 8 ohms
- Crossover frequency: 350/2,400 Hz
- Bass driver: Triple Dual 5-1/4 inch
- Midrange driver: 3 inch
- High-frequency driver: 1-inch Super Wide Bandwidth
- Dimensions: 28-3/16 by 7-1/8 by 6-5/16 inches (W x H x D)
- Weight: 25.9 pounds
Expand Your VS Loudspeaker System
The VS Series is engineered to provide rich, encompassing surround sound in a variety of listening environments. Each VS speaker--the line includes the compact VS 240 bookshelf speaker, the VS 260 bookshelf speaker, the VS 336 floorstanding speaker, and the VS 224 on-wall speaker--is voice matched with the other speakers in the VS Series, so you can mix and match them depending on your audio preferences, the layout of your listening room, and the size of your budget. The VS 336 speakers, for instance, make great standalone stereo speakers but also excel as the front speakers in a multichannel audio system. The VS 240 and VS 260 models, by contrast, aren't quite as full bodied as the VS 336, but still sound terrific compared to most bookshelf models. As a result, you can use the VS 240 or VS 260 models as stereo speakers, front speakers, or rear surround speakers without missing a beat. To complete your surround sound lineup, the VS Series offers a three-way center channel speaker (the VS 325c) and a 500-watt powered subwoofer (the VPS 210).
| || The VS 240 is the VS Series' most compact and affordable bookshelf speaker, yet still offers exceptional dynamic range and sensitivity. The speaker--which measures 5-7/8 by 9-7/16 by 6-3/8 inches (W x H x D)--boasts a 4-1/2-inch OCCM woofer and a 1-inch SWB tweeter, helping it create a frequency range of 70 Hz to 30 kHz. The VS 240 also employs MagnaGuard video shielding to protect against video interference, along with gold-plated five-way binding posts to ensure a pure signal transfer. The speaker is suitable for a wide range of applications: as a stereo speaker, as a surround in a multichannel home theater, or as a front speaker when paired with the VS 325C. Plus, the versatile speaker is small enough to sit comfortably on virtually any shelf or tabletop. |
| || The VS 260 is still small enough to go virtually anywhere, yet is powerful enough to fill all but the largest rooms with robust, richly detailed sound. The speaker is somewhat larger than the VS 240 at 9 by 14-1/2 by 10-1/4 inches (W x H x D), and offers a larger 6-1/2-inch OCCM full-range transducer for tighter bass response (the SWB tweeter is 1 inch, as with the VS 240). When paired with the VPS 210 powered subwoofer, the speaker delivers an audio performance that's all but indistinguishable from that of a floorstanding system. This speaker is also suitable as a stereo speaker, a surround speaker, or a front speaker. |
| || The VS 224 sports a slightly different design than the VS 240 and VS 260 speakers, with a chassis that can be wall mounted above, below, or to the side of flat-panel TVs. The speaker also offers a different driver configuration than the bookshelf models, with dual 4-1/2-inch OCCM woofers and a 1-inch SWB tweeter. Integrated with premium crossover components, the VS 224 delivers an audio performance that's an ideal complement to your TV's video performance, with a high-gloss, high-style look that adds an elegant touch to your decor. As with all VS speakers, the VS 224 is magnetically shielded and offers five-way binding post speaker connections. |
| || The VS 336 offers the power and sensitivity to faithfully reproduce any source material under any listening conditions, with three fast 6-1/2-inch OCCM woofers providing serious bass punch, a 1-inch SWB tweeter for extended high-frequency response, and a 4-1/2-inch OCCM midrange driver creating exceptionally smooth transitions between the two. The VS 336 is the top-of-the-line model in the VS Series, and because of its full driver array, is generally used as a stereo speaker in a two-channel system or a front speaker in a home theater setup. The speaker also offers bi-amp, bi-wire capability, letting you create a more powerful sound system. |
| || The VS 325c is engineered to crisply reproduce a movie's dialogue track, so you can hear each sigh loud and clear. The speaker's powerful three-way design features dual high-performance 5-1/4-inch OCCM woofers, a 3-inch OCCM midrange, and a 1-inch SWB tweeter, ensuring that a movie's dialogue is rendered clearly and coherently while also bringing music and center-screen sound effects to life. Don't let the VS 325c's refined good looks fool you, however, as it's one of the hardest working loudspeakers in show business. As with the other speakers in the VS Series, the VS 325c boasts high-gloss furniture-grade end panels in your choice of several finishes. |
| || The VS 210 completes your VS Series surround system by reproducing the bass audio channel with power and precision. With a 10-inch front-firing OCCM woofer, a matching OCCM passive radiator, and a proprietary 500-watt Class D amplifier, no bass note will go unfelt, whether from assorted cinematic cataclysms or the percussion section of a symphony orchestra. Other features include accessible top-mounted volume, crossover, phase, and power controls; an elegant black lacquer piano finish cabinet; multiple gold-plated inputs, including line-level stereo inputs, an LFE input, and a pass-through connector; and BassTrac circuitry that produces tight, distortion-free bass at all output levels. The VS 210 subwoofer is the perfect complement to your VS Series front, rear, and center-channel speakers. |