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  1. Is AR coming back?

    It's nice to see the brand back, but these appear to be commodity-type products, typical of what's available from China these days. I believe that Absolute Sound magazine has reported that the modernized KLH Model 9 electrostatic will be in the neighborhood of $30,000. This speaker is pushing 60 years old, and it still looks cool; it's like the Steve McQueen of speakers. This description is from Sound & Vision magazine: KLH, the legendary speaker brand cofounded by Henry Kloss, is back from the dead with a new owner and a full line of new speakers. The new owner is Klipsch veteran David P. Kelley who is operating the company in Noblesville, Indiana. He's starting out fairly ambitiously with the big electrostatic speaker pictured. That's the Model Nine. It is being built in Columbus, Ohio under the supervision of David Janszen, son of Arthur Janszen, the Nine's original designer. The new KLH line is so fully populated that it's impractical to list all the details here. But you'll find floorstanders, monitors, satellites, centers, and subs for every conceivable need, with attention to detail such as tinsel leads, chrome screws, and nice veneers. In a tip of the hat to the company's origins, all models are named for streets in Cambridge or Harvard: Kendall, Ames, Windsor, etc. Fresh redesigns of KLH's legendary table radios are also present. And yes, there's an Atmos-enabled speaker, the Beacon Atmos ($398/pair), which is designed to sit atop the Beacon Surround ($498/pair). Pricing for most models is on the affordable side. We look forward to getting in a full 5.1.4-channel set for review.
  2. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    Ah. The famous Jean-Francois Paillard version. Nice.
  3. Picked up some more AR speakers

    Stinks. We lost power for 24 hours in last week's nor'easter, but kept it through this one. It did make for about 6 hours' worth of shoveling, though. Good luck!
  4. Looks like a nice pair of AR-2 speakers.
  5. AR is making speakers again

    Yeah, I like records too; there's a certain romance about them, but your dismissal of hi-res digital music is simplistic, and without any noticeable basis in fact. You've got a preference, sure, but your argument in favor of LPs isn't enhanced by deriding the competition, especially when apparently the only "certain improvements" over the past 50 years come down to methods for de-crudifying the grooves in a vinyl record and techniques for winding wire on a bobbin. And to you other point, the beauty of fiddling with antique loudspeakers is that they can still be relevant - that is, with modern equipment & sources, they can sound even better than they did in their day. There's no logical disjunction at work, here - "there's a million ways to get things done" (David Byrne, 1981)
  6. AR is making speakers again

    Wait a minute. What are these "certain improvements" that you mention? Isn't most of your equipment from the '70s? Would a high-resolution audio file have "levels of detail and micro detail" - would it be a "certain improvement"? Could you even play a 24/192 file on your system?
  7. Everyone Wants AR-LST's

    I agree with DavidR, but I kind of think the perceived shrillness of ribbon tweeters might be confined to the smaller versions now found in multi-way dynamic designs and not the types used in full-range panels. We've owned full-range electrostatic speakers (Acoustat 2+2 ) as well as speakers from Magnepan, which utilize both true ribbon as well as quasi-ribbon drivers in their flat-panel designs. The one thing that these panel systems usually have in common is a projection of space. Now, this wouldn't be the attempt at creating a sense of space that designs like the Bose 901 or certain other dynamic loudspeakers that utilize additional ambient/reflecting drivers try, but rather a better-realized re-creation of the original performance space. Large flat panels are not practical for many listeners, as they demand often imperfect/unrealistic solutions to room placement as well as with the associated amplification, and can often present more problems than they address. That said, under the right circumstances, listening to a large-panel design can be a transformative experience. Two notes: AR surround's observation of a problem in off-axis listening is valid, and also points to an issue of placement; even in showrooms - maybe especially in showrooms - panels can be tough to audition. You can get a feel for things, but you simply will not know how the system sounds until you get it home, and begin the process of futzing with room & amplifier integration. My comments regarding the re-creation of the original environment only apply to un-mixed acoustical recordings, and not processed, multi-tracked studio efforts.
  8. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    I see a trip to Home Depot's sandpaper aisle in your future.
  9. That AR ad dates from 1962, Jeff. I was lucky enough to have friends whose fathers & brothers owned AR speakers, so I was able to listen to them in the home environment, and got a good feel for their sound. When it came time to buy, I was already pre-sold. I do remember my first visit to what we'd now call a "high-end" audio shop. This would have been in the early '70s, and they had a single pair of AR-3a systems on display for comparison against the brands that they sold. It was exactly as Tom has described - the level controls were turned down, and the speakers were placed on the carpeted floor, making them sound muffled & bass-heavy. I also have no doubt that the 3a would have outperformed any of the other speakers on display, most of them from tiny one-off companies, or overpriced British imports. In this regard, I'm surprised that an audio shop that sold limited-distribution, price-controlled turntables, amps & preamps might not offer the AR-3a at its commonly-available discounted price as part of a system with the electronics representing the high-profit end of the deal. I guess the desire to try to sell esoteric speakers at manufacturer's list price was just too much to resist.
  10. Picked up some more AR speakers

    David - I've heard AR-9 systems that included combinations of original, factory-replacement, and the Japanese Tonegen woofers, and never noticed a problem - the bass extension was always there, and clean as could be. Were the 8" lower-mids factory replacements as well? I've never, ever encountered a bad lower-midrange, and this makes me wonder how - short of vandalism - all of these drivers were damaged!
  11. This seems like a pretty clever offer, did anyone other than AR do this sort of thing?
  12. Newly acquired AR-78LS

    Those are some good observations, Nigel. Viewed from the perspective of several decades, it seems to me that the continuity of design might not be so much connected to 3-way systems as to 12"-woofered systems, where the lineage would be AR-1, AR-3, AR-3a, AR-LST, and then over the edge to the dual-woofered original AR-9. I'm personally unconvinced that the dual-dome mid-tweeters of the later years were an improvement on the last iterations of the separate mid & tweeter domed drivers, and since none of the subsequent 3-way systems were really "bookshelf" models, I'd say that the end of that ancient 3-way bookshelf lineage came with the AR-10pi/AR-11 models, themselves having branched from the main trunk at the advent (sorry) of the LST.
  13. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    Tom, did you ever show AR your photo of the Caddy stuffed with their speakers? I think it would've made a great ad! Speaking of which, here's a 1970 advertisement showing the chronology of the AR-2 family:
  14. Ha, ha! De gustibus non est disputandum !
  15. AR-90 In Scituate, MA

    Or, disconnect one set of woofers, place the cabinets next to each other, and rotate the outside box ever-so-slightly, and you'll have an MGC-1 !