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  1. Ebay is your best bet, though even there, whatever’s left that’s Allison has slowed to a crawl. Bill
  2. What speakers are you using in place of the A4’s?
  3. I’m not sure there are enough of us left to form a consensus! (Just kiddin) On the surrounds, if your intention is to do it yourself. Foam not rubber and roll radius as close to original as possible but don’t sweat it. You have damaged cones? Bill
  4. www.millersound.net You need to talk with them first. They say no longer repairing Allison but they’ll probably handle the woofer reconing without an issue. The big deal with the Fours are the 4 tweeters. So rare and hard to find replacements. I would want to be sure I have 4 running tweeters before I recone the woofers which are easier to have repaired.
  5. I had the same problem with a different model, but worth considering. Low frequency rattle driving me crazy. Turned out to be the crossover (glued to the cab. Interior) had come away an was flapping away inside, causing the noise. Bill
  6. What did Yogi say?? “Deja VU all over again?” AR was so far ahead of the curve. and affordable to boot. Bill
  7. I meant 120’s in general, not the surrounds on your particular pair. The pictures are pretty good, and yours look to be intact, but time is against you. After 20 years or so the foam really starts breaking down. Once you loose the air seal of the surrounds the bass deteriorates along with them. Bill
  8. Hi Jill, Those AL 120’s are in the 32 year plus age range. The woofers (the larger of the two drivers) are installed with one reversed, to smooth the bass with the lowest possible distortion. Allison had 5 models that I know of (I’ve got one of them) that used the same arrangement. The two problems with those speakers are the surrounds on the woofers, and the availability of a tweeter, should one blow out. How far you need to go with those systems right now, depends on “how hard you play”. If you don’t drive them terribly loud, you COULD go for a while yet without having the woofers redone. Bill
  9. Jill, If the sound is “good” as you say just continue to enjoy them, regardless of what you do about the TV 📺. One has nothing to do with the other. I’ve replaced my TV 3 times while still keeping the old Allisons. Mine are 33 years old. My “newer” Allisons, similar to yours are babies at a mere 26 years of age! Bill
  10. Glad to hear you were able to isolate the noise issue. Congratulations on your very fine acquisition! (And I like that woodwork in your room also!) Extraordinary....to grab LST’s at that age and be able to just plug and play without issues! (Very cool) Best of luck with them Bill
  11. It’s a methodical process.....going thru each section of these wide dispersion speakers until you get to the source of the noise/ distortion. I’ve had 2 not so distant cousins to the LST’s ....The Allison:One and The Allison IC 20.....6 and 10 driver cabinets respectively. The A1’s I bought new, so nothing to do but play, but the IC 20’s were a 25 year old (at acquisition time) labor of “love”. The short story of how I got them ready to go back into service was to bring one system at a time (with my new hand truck) into my listening room and swapped it with the existing right loudspeaker. With the woofers removed, I evaluated the performance of each midrange and tweeter (all series wired) and isolated any noise/distortion issues. With the aid of Millersound in Pennsylvania, I had the voice coils in 3 midrange drivers realigned, a handful of questionable solder joints redone, and a rebuild of the (4) in my case woofers which included replacing the spiders and the surrounds. Other detail work also done, but without getting totally lost in this since it’s a different system then what you have acquired, the point is, evaluating each section individually is the key (including the crossovers) to isolating the “crackling” noise. Bill
  12. Have to be very careful when removing and reinstalling the woofers. Those nonconducting tabs that secure the leads can easily end up like yours if they bang the cabinet. Bill
  13. "The NAD design principles recognize that the minimum impedance of most speakers is somewhat lower than their nominal ratings. It is not uncommon for the impedance of a "4-ohm" speaker to fall as low as 2.5 ohms at some frequencies. If two sets of such speakers are operated in parallel, an amplifier with limited current capability may produce distorted sound or even overheat and shut down under prolonged or high-level operation. To help deal with this problem, NAD provides a switch in the rear of the Model 7140 receiver to reduce the operating voltage on its output transistors when driving loads of 4 ohms or less (this is designated the "normal" setting). When the switch is set to its "8-ohm" position, the increased power-supply voltage enables the amplifier to deliver its maximum output to nominally 8-ohm speakers." …..Interesting read regarding your receiver. When I first read your post, my suspicions were about the amplifier section of your receiver and how well or not it could handle the load of 2 pair of Allisons over a long period of time. Nothing lasts forever, and my first suspicions are that your amplifier section is getting "tired" sorry to say. In 43 years of dealing with the Allison Loudspeaker, I've never seen the kind of trouble you are experiencing be attributable to a ferrofluid or cap condition. Bill
  14. Congratulations and such an amazing journey for those prizes! I have a soft spot in my heart ❤️ (and my ears) for any and all of those ultra wide dispersion loudspeakers that came out of BOTH acoustic research and Allison Acoustics, of course both of which Roy Allison had his hands in. I never had the opportunity to hear those predecessors to the Allison One (if I may call them that) but after being around the AR drivers for so many years and experiencing RA’s A1 and The IC 20, I’ve got a pretty good idea of how cool they MUST be. Bill
  15. Highly unlikely the capacitors in the Allisons are causing your problems. The resistors in the CD7s are internal, thermal overload protection for the drivers and I’ve heard of instances of them going bad. You could bypass them and be careful of overdrivng the speakers but leave the original caps alone
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