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Boston Acoustics VS Series Subwoofer - VPS 210
on December 29, 2011
After setting up Boston's VS 336 towers, the last thing you think you need is a subwoofer... but when I hooked this sub up with them, WOW. While I typically prefer a sub that focuses on sub-bass to lay down notes you feel but can't really hear, those subs are great for music and often horrible for home theater use, where you may want a wider range of audible frequency, more commonly associated with movie effects than musical performances. With music, I'm almost always happy cutting the crossover down to 60Hz, sometimes lower. With movies and their audio material spread out across multiple channels, you 'll often feel there's a gap in the audio when using such a low x/o point. That's why you want a sub that can perform at more than one task: Does it THUMP? Or does it SING? I look for flexibility between both tasks. Being Boston's flagship home subwoofer, my expectations were high, and I have to say this sub meets them quite well.
Between it having two 10" woofers moving air and a decently-sized enclosure on 500 watts of amplification, this thing is capable of blowing your hair back, both at the lower end of the bass spectrum and upper range where it can really help to blend with low-mid freq's coming from your full-range speakers and 'fill-out' the sound of a system. This is especially true with full-range effects in surround channel audio when using smaller satellite speakers. A neatly hidden top-mounted control panel allows quick and easy adjustments if needed, and connections on the bottom of the enclosure keep this sub woofer practical for almost any placement. The clean and tidy appearance would fit in just about anywhere in your house.
I'd give the sub 4.5 stars if I could. It's a great subwoofer... It's furniture-grade attractive, fairly compact, and sounds great. Quite the little performer... But for $1699, I'd like it to make my dinner too! That said, you get what you pay for (Especially from Boston Acoustic!), and this could quite possibly be the last sub you ever need to buy.