Older Acoustic Reserch speakers

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  1. Greg Kolinski

    Greg Kolinski Second Unit

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    Anyone have any thoughts on the older ,early 90's Acoustic Reseach floor speakers?Im using a pair of TSW 510's for my front channnels and they still sound terrific to me.Just wondering if AR was thought of as a "good"brand back then etc.Since really getting into HT I;m going through everything I currectly have and getting rid of the Junk"[​IMG] I remember these were faily pricey back in91 when I got them.
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    Greg Kolinski
     
  2. Jack Briggs

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    Greg, back in the early '70s I used to own a pair of Acoustic Research AR-3a bookshelf systems (driven by Marantz electronics). They were a standard of the era. AR created the acoustic-suspension enclosure.
     
  3. Brett DiMichele

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    AR was the standard for Decades, Along with Vintage JBL,Altec
    and even Jensen.

    While most of the latter were a mix of Horn Technology for
    Mid and High range and Dynamic Drivers purely for the low
    end. AR used Dynamic for the whole spectrum and thier vintage
    equipment is still highly sought after (Turn Tables, Speakers
    and even Amps)

    AR was bought out by Teledyne who made your TSW's and they
    too were very good speakers, AR even worked with DynAudio
    to make a Reference Speaker System that sold for more than
    15 grand back in the 80's (that was Pricey back then..)

    Then AR was taken over by the Recoton Corporation (who also
    owns NHT as well as 50 other companies) and they made a lot
    of lower priced products for mass consumer stores such as
    Sears, Circuit City and Best Buy. They then later came out
    with the High Resolution and the Phantom lines that were much
    higher pricer and far superior in terms of music reproduction.

    The "Hi Res" Series became thier flagship series and they
    relied on the same designations as the "Vintage" speakers
    EG: AR1, AR3, AR7, AR9 etc. The AR1 is the largest in the
    High Res Series line utilizing 2 Mag-Alloy 5.25 Mids, 1 1"
    Titanium Dome Tweeter and 1 15" LFE Driver Per cabinent, the
    15" Driver is powered by a built in Bob Carver, Sunfire TDC
    Amp.

    The Phantom series is also on par with the Hi Res line, the
    Phantoms are meant for a "Minimalistic" approach. The Satelite
    Cabinents are made from Extruded Aluminium that has no paralell
    internal surfaces (no standing waves) and it is also coated
    with Neoprene rubber so there is no cabinent resonance. The
    Drivers are Illusion Audio Carbon Fiber Cones with Reverse
    Motor Structures (Magnets on the outside of the speaker for
    reduced mounting depth) They are very neat..

    So that's where AR is today.. The Hi Res line is StereoPhile
    Class B Rated Which in my mind says a lot about the quality
    and value.

    And yes, The old AR is great stuff!
     
  4. Greg Kolinski

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    [​IMG] WOW thanks Brett,That more than answered my question[​IMG]
    Soooooo ,Im using some Old Stark SR-3 in the rear,they are tanks!!!huge woofer and a tweeter and a mid range out the back also.Do you know anything about these??They appear to be very well made speakers ,garage sale from a few years ago,seemed just too nice to pass up[​IMG]
     
  5. Brett DiMichele

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