Why is there such negativity toward VMPS? You all enjoyed your VMPS speakers while you had them. Even if Salk produces a better speaker (which I assume is true), there's no reason to diss VMPS.
Were you are referring to comments like this?
Coming after the RM30 C (horizontal) that should speak volumes.
I take this to mean that Marbles was extremely impressed with the RM30C. The fact that he was impressed with the VMPS speaker was exactly what leant weight to his view of the Salk HTC. If the RM30C was a crappy speaker, there would be no "volumes" to be spoken - it wouldn't even be mentioned.
I haven't seen anyone "dissing" the acoustic abilities of VMPS. I have seen people that decided that a different sound or acoustic presentation was more suited to their tastes, but that doesn't mean the previous speaker wasn't great in its own right. It was obviously impressive enough that discerning audiophiles were willing to spend significant amounts of money on it. No one said VMPS is worse than BOSE, afterall!
Besides, even BOSE is probably great for someone. What they have
said, is that they've found a new speaker more suited to their tastes/room/gear than the VPMS speaker they liked enough to have purchased previously. Good for them!
Now, I will admit that some reviews get enthusiastic, but what do you expect? This is audio!
An audiophile is going to be at least as excited about their new toy as anyone else, and when they write a review, they have to compare it to something - what more appropriate choice than the item you just replaced?
Audio is relative and subjective. There is no perfect system, even for a single person, let alone everyone (although I now see that we have two "BIGGEST developements EVER" competing for this meaningless and nonexistent title). Hearing changes, budgets change, tastes change... as long as you like your gear, why worry that someone that used to prefer your choice above all others now prefers something else?
Now that I reread this, it does look a bit like a lecture, and I apologize for that, as it wasn't meant to... I had to deal with a greater than usually amount of idiocy at work today, and I guess I was feeling philosophical! Nothing to see here... move along...