Bigsweede, I am so sorry to hear that story!
My feeling is that unbeknown to yourself you missed out on all the wonderful sounds that the VR-2's are capable of reproducing.
With what I have recently done to my VR-2's, I have now made them into a totally different sonic sounding loudspeaker.
Albert sure knew what he was building when he specked them out.
The clarity, transparency, aire, image and tonal improvement is astounding to say the least!
Again, I want to encourage everyone who listens to a pair of VR-2's to experiment with at least one of my 3 tweaks. You will be totally surprised at the performance improvement.
I am so very pleased with how mine sound now compared to before I made the changes.
The great thing is that it's very inexpensive and easy to do and I could chart/hear the improvement at each step along the way.
One is crazy not to do it, especially if one calls one's self an Audiophile!
No Sir! Why suffer when there is no need too?
Happy listening my friends.