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  1. I agree with you Sonnar. It doesn't matter why, because the listening experience for each of us is unique, but when I was young I liked horn loaded JBLs and remember how dull ARs sounded in comparison Now I too prefer what some call the dark and dull sound.
  2. I have 3as and 9s and 58s. At my house the 58s needs an equalizer to bring it into line with what I expect to hear. They are unbearable to me with the equalizer bypassed. If one had a pair of 58s in a heavily furnished and carpeted room or maybe an anechoic chamber they would probably be ok out of the box. They are a fine loudspeaker but will need equalizer help in most situations IMO . Adams
  3. I remember reading this thread with interest last year. I am now assembling the all requestplaylist for a 50th year reunion and I concur: the abovestatementis so true. Some of these recordings are awful and from my normal listening positionmake me think something is wrong with my system. It is much better to turn up the volume and listen in the next room.
  4. How do you compare speakers?

    I agree with Steve F. The instantaneous method is about as conclusive as you can get in a home listening space, especially if the speakers are dissimilar in woofer size and crossover points. Thorough comparison of a Large Advent or a full range EPI to a 3a, for instance, or an AR58, which has no level controls, is pretty difficult without a multi band equalizer on at least one set of speakers. This assumes you have a reference sound which you prefer and you know when you hear it. I squirted away a lot of money and time in my younger days ABing speakers in showrooms because I had not yet learned this lesson for myself. Just my opinion. Adams
  5. Opinion Requested re: DAC

    Happy New Year Dru You have two well known DACs. Have you noticed in obvious sonic differences between the two? Adams
  6. Using AR3as as part of a surround system seems like an unnecessary risk of an a not very replaceable component. Movie soundtracks are just dialogue with sound effects. Even when you shut your eyes and imagine you are listening to music the mix is usually bad. There are a huge number of sufficiently good easily replaceable speakers for the job. Just my opinion. Adams
  7. Opinion Requested re: DAC

    Jeff Thanks. The good news is my notebook connection will be USB to the prospective DAC. All other DACs will remain wireless and in place. I too am still satisfied with the sound quality of tmy current set up but in the one room where I do any “critical” listening using lossless files I want to avoid the occasional dropout from wireless transmission vagaries. My concern is that I could purchase a DAC that would be a step down in sound. I don’t need the “best” I just don’t want a sound downgrade. I am looking for an answer in the CSP because of my perception that many of us are more driven by the music than the gear and none of us make a living touting or comparing equipment.
  8. Opinion Requested re: DAC

    I have been following the “how to properly listen to AR speaker thread” but it has drifted onto TT/Cartridge set up and I am completely focused on digital now. I am using a dedicated notebook computer for all playback and still satisfactorily using all of the same wireless DACS as before but I am once again looking to acquire an outboard DAC with optical, USB and Coax input. It is now 4 months since the last post in this thread. Does anyone here have any recent experience or updates regarding outboard DAC recommendations.
  9. The vinyl vs digital argument/discussion has been going on for decades now and no minds will be changed here but it appears to be a civil thread so far and I want to add my opinion before this thing goes to the "kitchen". IMO at least one aspect of lossless digital playback is always superior to vinyl. If you have ever listened to "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" or the end of " Night on Bare Mountain" you have experienced examples of moments where the music absolutely depends on background silence to be effective. There are many moments in Classical music where the transition to or from "silence" is crucial for impact. I have never heard a vinyl recording that did not begin or end with groove noise. Lossless digital OTOH is silent for all practical purposes. Popular music almost never uses silence for effect and for this reason the difference between good quality vinyl playback and digital is not of much concern to me. Digital is way more convenient. Adams
  10. AR-8 crossover schematic diagram ?

    AR 2x and AR 14 would be two other examples.
  11. Why No Big-Boy 8" Three-Ways?

    Agree. That is why I said 12" AR. Horn loaded JBLs were among my first speakers and the "presence" is what sucked me in. The compromise with regard to slightly husky female voices on 12" ARs with 3 drivers is not really a problem for me. Listening to large scale classical I prefer the presentation of the AR3as. Modern popular music I prefer the AR9.
  12. Why No Big-Boy 8" Three-Ways?

    I do understand why someone might want a "big boy 8". Listening to the human voice on a 12 inch AR is a compromise. If your music preferences tend toward more intimate or small scale works with little to no material below 50Hz then it certainly makes sense to have a speaker such as the one being discussed here but there is no way that one will sense the impact of a large scale orchestral work or even Lady Gaga with an 8" or even 10" woofer.
  13. In response to the OP. This seller has been on the auction site for a long time. I only seriously watch AR and have had no dealings with this seller but I have noticed over the years that he sells other vintage equipment as well and have never seen junk from him. He is located close to Nashville which has always been an oasis for sound equipment in this part of the country. IMO his story regarding these speakers is plausible but $1300 is too high when there are times I could drive 300 miles one way to get working AR9s and spend less including the round trip price of gas. Adams
  14. Lovely pair of 303a's Washington area

    This seems like an appropriate place for this post. I did not want to start another thread. When I first started accumulating AR speakers several years ago, my ideal was to have one pair each of the 3a and 303a. I found that 303s for sale were rare while other ARs were more available and the short version of this story is, now I don’t hunger 303s but I do still watch when they come up for sale on the “auction site”. The present listing for the black AR303s on the “auction site” has been up for weeks now. The asking price of $500 seems to be on the high limit of “reasonable” in my opinion. Contrast this with the frenzy over a “Rosewood” pair just a couple of weeks before that ended at over $1100 dollars. I know that the 303 is touted as a highly evolved 3a but it actually seems to me to have more in common with the 58s. Performance differences are slight. The 303 can apparently produce solid bass 6 hz lower than the 58s and it was designed as a mirror imaged pair. The 303a can be bi amped. One important similarity is neither speaker has mid or tweet attenuation controls. The paradox here is that on the 58s lack of controls is considered a design flaw and on the 303 it is never mentioned as a problem. I think both speakers would need an equalizer to make them tolerable for real world listening venues. I know the 58s does. I have never heard a 303 but all of the quality AR speakers I have heard have a similar character. Is the 303 really a better speaker than the 58s? It may be when measured in absolute objective terms but except in an AB test it is probably, in practical terms, indistinguishable from the 58s. The 58s sells for much less than a 303 when they come up for sale and both are flawed for the lack of output controls. On the plus side, if it matters, the 303 does come in Rosewood or Black Laminate whereas the 58s is adorned only in walnut veneer.