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  1. Thank you both for directing me to the threads relating to the AR-16. Kent - Yes I am from the land down under where crocodile Dundee used to live . And yes the cabinets of the AR-16 that I have are covered with real wood veneer (definitely not vinyl).I had to repair the veneer in one of the cabinets. But I wouldn't call it real walnut .It's a strange veneer,like artificial oak.Don't laugh! Somehow the veneer does not look natural.Maybe that's what they mean when they say (simulated walnut). Anyhow,I've attached more photos of the speakers as you requested. Next time I'll let you see what I've done with my AR-4x. You and other members might find that very interesting. Till then , all the best.
  2. A couple of months ego I got a pair of AR-16 loudspeakers,made in Sydney Australia under license from AR. They were in a very bad condition,foam surround on both woofers completely gone,cabinet veneer cracked & separated at the seems ,very neglected & unloved. I tried Google for some info. but there wasn't much there.I turned to the classic speaker pages & got some positive & some negative comments .But on the whole not much discussions. To cut a long story short, I managed ( I believe) to bring those speakers back to their original (new condition) with the help of some knowledgeable speaker builder.(New Mundorf bipolar caps of same value as the originals + Mox resistors ).The foam surrounds were professionally done at some expense & the cabinets were refurbished beautifully with Howard restore-a-finish & feed wax something... When I removed the woofers to have them re-foamed,I was surprised & pleased to see a substantial crossover with at least 7 or 8 components of reasonable quality & also noticed black writing on the X'over that says (AR-16 mk2).I did not know that they made mk1 & mk2 ar-16! Anyhow,how did they sound after all this work you may ask. Driven by a fully refurbished stock Dynaco st.70 valve power amp.+ luxman cl32 valve pre-amp.+ Cambridge audio azure 740c cd player,the sound is neutral, pleasant and maybe accurate albeit a touch light on the bass. Pushing the speakers against the wall seems to generate a bit more bass.( Also, tweeter roll off position selected at the back). The thing that I don't understand is why so much fuss about the AR 4x when the AR-16 sounds (to my ears at least) so much better! Clearer,more extended treble , excellent mid-range & useful bass,in general more focus & more details. No muddy bass & muted highs that I used to get from the very popular ar4x. Although the 4x has a nicer cabinet! I must say I'm beginning to appreciate & like the sound those (unloved & underrated) loudspeakers make. I would like to hear the views of members who used the AR -16 at some stage. before after
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