I bought a pair of VR-4.5 as well as the center channel and surround channel speskers for my home theater system. The VR-4.5 are certainly very good speakers but I can't attribute any glowing praise with respect detail and midrange. These subjective conclusions I suppose could be influenced by the room charateristics and associated equipment. My room is about the same size as your basement but with a cathedral ceiling that at its peak is at least 16' high. My electronics are the Acurus ACT-3 Pre-amp, Acurus A200 and A300 2 channel and 3 channel amps with a HSU 12" subwoofer. When listening to music in 2 channel stereo through the VR-4.5's I am quite frankly not as satisfied with the musical envolvment as with my critical listening system in another room in the house which includes Thiel 3.6 speakers driven by an Audio Research LS7 preamp and Aragon 8008 power amp. I get a greater sense of the music through the Thiels than through VR4.5's. Admittedly, I have better electronics driving the Thiels. If I had to go with only one pair of speakers, the Thiel 3.6's would win , no question.
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