Summary: Overall the BA VR1's perform well, but plan on using a sub. I'd agree that there is a "hole" in the mid-frequencies. I would rate the BA VR1's as good, not great. Now the bad part, I ordered two pair of these speakers from two different vendors, and all were received damaged. The packing is terrible, especially since these are coming from Malaysia.
Summary: Good speaker for $120. A nice speaker for a home theater set up in a small space. Attractive understated design. The speaker is efficient (hi impedance) which means that it will play louder at a given volume setting. So far the sound is a tad bright, but is good at bringing audio dialog forward. Was lucky enough to get get a pair of JBL Venue dual 8-Inch 3-Way Speakers for the same price.