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I owned one for a while. Mine sucked quite a bit of power. The tweeters went out shortly there after.
Von Schweikert woould not cover them even though they were still under a 12 year warranty. They said the tweeters must have ben over driven. Huh???
Anyway because of that I purchased new tweeters and then sold the VR4SR- MKII's.
Lousy company to do buisness with.
The originals are the better if you have decent electronics. The upgrade to II was due to some of the original drivers were no longer being made because of a hazardous manufacturing process. The Mark II's were "dumbed down" a bit as some thought they were to revealing with sub-prime electronics. VSA uses (mainly) Pass gear to voice their lineup. If you have not so great electronics these may be the way to go. I do not know the story of the upgrade to III.
I haven't spent any meaningful time with the 4SR but did own and greatly enjoy the 4JR. VSA with the right gear is awesome. Also, all of my dealings with Albert and VSA were great in terms of help and after the sale customer service to quickly and with without cost replace a broken binding post. I'm not sure how things are going now that they've gone to the online business model.
Shakeydeal, Yes, I sort of agree.
That is why I went ahead and paid for the tweeters, but in order to get them to play even moderately loud, I had to crank the volume up quite a bit.
Compared to my previous speakers, Legacy Focus and my present speakers, Andra 2 the VR4's really were not too efficient.
Wow the original Mk1s are better? Did someone say that? They are like 4000.00 more. I had the Mk1s and I thought they sounded pretty great. I could never get the bass quite right in my room. Lots of deep bass but not to much midbass.
I'd say 5000.00 is a pretty good deal. I would hope however that the Mk2s are significantly better at such a higher price.
This sounds like a good deal on the VR4 SR MkII.
Von Schweikert has just introduced VR-33 speakers with introductory pricing of $3750 per pair. You might consider these as an alternative. More information is available at the Von Schweikert forum on audiocircle.com.
Size 50 tall x 8 wide (front) x 16 wide (rear) x 12 deep.
Frequency Response 20Hz to 30kHz, +/- 3dB.
Impedance 4 ohms nominal, high-current amplifier recommended.
Weight 103 lbs per side, raw, 150 lbs in crate (each).
Subwoofer Peerless 10 with Low Distortion Motor, laminated composite
cone, elevated spider, long throw design, and copper clad pole piece.
Midrange Two 6 treated paper cast-frame bass-mids with Low Distortion
Motor, elevated spider, copper clad pole piece.
Tweeter 1 treated fabric dome, Dual Ring design with rear chamber for
low resonance and response down to the midrange band, Low Distortion Motor, and specialized voice coil/top plate design for long throw, high power use.
Woofer Alignment Quasi-transmission line design using three chambers,
each tuned to a different resonant frequency to extend the bandwidth and reduce one note bass typical of ported boxes. Woofer fires at rear wall to boost the bass at 20Hz by 3dB, can be tuned by user.
Power Rating 25 watts minimum, up to 500 watts on peak music.
Warranty Three years parts and labor (excluding abuse), non transferable.
They are not VR4SR- MKII's... they are actually MKI's.
There were many (major) upgrades between the MKI & MKII - all drivers & crossovers were replaced as well as a variety of other tweaks (mainly for the midrange and bottom). There was a much smaller upgrade to the MKIII which mainly dealt with the tweeter and a lot of marketing hype as they were using a similar driver to their competition in the $30-$40K range.
I was looking at them just for the cabinet as a donor and go for the MKIII Upgrade, but that would put them at $9,000... not such a great deal. I've read many reviews on the MKI's and have recently talked to Albert (Von Schweikert) on several occasions this week and for a variety of reasons decided against the MKI's.
However,... the new VR33's look very interesting!!! They are comparing them sonically to speakers Retailing for over $15,000. There is limited visual bling to the cabinet though... they just put 99% of their efforts into sound quality.