I too own a RLC-1. It's a piece I have left over from when I first got started. It is not bad as far as transparency goes, for it's price. Beware, power outages reset all your settings (i.e. tone, volume, balance).
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I no longer run my RLC-1. But when I did, I used it with an Adcom GFA-555 and a GCD-575 (heavily modified/tweaked). This combo is fairly bright and grainy, but played through the pair of MB Quart D-30 monitors I was using, sounded good. The D-30's are very warm and forgiving, but not exactly accurate. You will love your VR-4's. I've demo'd them driven with a full Krell setup and a Theta digital front/Bryston pre/amp combo. Both were cabled with Transparent. Great speakers! Now I run a Rega Planet cd, Coda pre, Sonic Frontiers amp and NHT speakers. I was running all Transparent cables, but the NHT's can be punishingly bright (very true to source - bad recordings sound BAD), so I incorporated Harmonic Technology Truthlinks as my interconnects. They are very warm and laid back, and made my system listenable for hours without fatigue. Happy listening!
Which VR-4's did you hear? Both the new and old VR-4 have super bass response, however the new VR-4 Gen 3's bass response can simply be described as "Lighting Fast Attack", they are really fast.
I believe Albert Von Schweikert used to work for Harmonic Tech for a time. Maybe the Harmonic Tech cables are especially beneficial to the VR-4's?
Which Sonic Frontiers amp are you driving your NHT's with? Which NHT's do you have? Previously I owned the 3.3's and VT-3, the 3.3 killed the VT-3 musically. However the the VT-3 shear weight in the lowend was something that you have to hear to believe. They absolutely rocked with no apologies.
In the End though I came back to the VOn Schweikert's, something about the excellent low end response, coupled with the clean midrange and upper end. I love them.
Do to my limited budget, these speakers will be the last I purchase for few years. I need auxillary components to keep up them.