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I just saw this thread and want to comment, even though it's a little late.I bought a pair of VR4-jr's about 12 years ago and they have remained the one constant in the system ever since. During the last 2-3 years, I have carried out a complete upgrade of my system, aside from the turntable. The components I now have (mostly from PS Audio) are the best I've ever owned, added one at a time to reduce the impact on the bank account. The jr's made it abundantly clear what was changed (improved, in almost all ways) at each step of the process. The system now sounds the best it ever has. This experience has shown me again what a remarkable speaker the jr's are (not that I ever had any real doubts).
I notice that Kurt uses a subwoofer with his jr's, something that I have thought about doing.Here's my situation. The actual "listening room" is a small area (11' x 12') but it is acoustically open to the rest of the ground floor -- Victorian house with pocket doors on two walls that are normally left open. Using my old Stereophile test CD, I find that the bass output is reduced below about 125 Hz and really down below 63 Hz. Because of the open environment, I don't have problems with standing waves (good) but neither do I get much reinforcement from wall boundaries -- a little off the back, I think -- which may explain the results from the test CD. My amp is 250 w/ch and I never run the system higher than 50% volume on the preamp, so I don't think the problem is lack of amplifier power.What I hear is confusing. Some recordings sound just fine -- I can hear the bass lines clearly. With most classical and some pop music, sometimes I don't get enough bass so parts of the bass line aren't audible, which makes sense given the test results. But with some pop music, very rarely classical, I get too much boomy bass; perhaps because of compressed recordings? Last night I had a pipe organ recording on, with plenty of room-vibrating bass, but with well-defined pitch. Where did that come from, since I know that the jr's output is way down at the bottom end?So what would adding a subwoofer do? If properly adjusted, would it fill in the missing bass lines without exacerbating the problems on some pop recordings? I'd be interested in any comments, particularly from VR-IVjr owners. My listening is mainly classical and folk/acoustic/americana stuff, less often pop/rock and jazz.
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