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  1. Swampfox77

    ADS L500 opinions

    Thanks LesE for the response. I have been using these guys for random listening in a smaller room powered like you by a Sherwood 7100A. They really seem to be paired well with the little Sherwood. That same receiver sounded brittle and harsh matched with a pair of Polk monitor 5jr's. But it is a completely different story with the L500's. Super tight bass and nice mellow midrange and highs. I really enjoy how the ADS tweeters get high but remain delicate. I am excited to get some nice stands and try them properly with my Yamaha CR-2020. Does Luxman match well with vintage ADS speakers? I recently matched the L500's with a NAD 7150 that was not being used. Seemed somewhat edgy with bloated bass. The bass had to be turned way below flat setting before it seemed pleasant again. This was not the case with the Yamaha or Sherwood matching. Always fun
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    ADS L500 opinions

    I recently gave my daughter my set of ADS L1's for her first house. I had not used them in a while and thought I would not miss them. But when I sat them up in her house, I was immediately taken by how good they sounded. I was trusting in the karma gods that by me making room something else would take there place. Well just as i hoped, a set of mint ADS L500's popped up on craigslist for a super low price almost immediately. I picked them up from the original owner and was very pleased by how well they had been taken care of. They are the cloth cover with the big D in the ADS logo. I am really shocked how nice they are, even the sticky tweeters are dust free. I hooked them up temporarily to my Yamaha CR 2020 for some testing. Really nice clean sound, good bass and excellent highs. But at the moment they are in less than ideal listening positions. They are sitting on either side of the receiver high on my record shelf. So it will be interesting to get them on some nice stands with some separation. They wood veneer is perfect as are the fabric grills. Until I can get around to arranging them, what is the general thoughts on these? I see some L520 reviews, but not L500s. Where did they fall in the ADS lineup? Why do I not see more about them on the webs? What can I expect of them and with what power? Would an Adcom 535 gfa amplifier be a good match? How are these compared to my L1's that i gave the daughter? Any thoughts on these matters would be great.
  3. Swampfox77

    ADS L1 ?

    I did live in Tampa and St. Pete in the early 2000's. Worked for US Airways there. But now I live in Raleigh, NC. Back in my home state.
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    ADS L1 ?

    Recently scored a set of the rarely heard from ADS L1's. They have a black finish with the metal grill and corners that are on a 45 degree. I was never able to find out much about them before i picked them up. Why is that? I read where they are "mythical" and rare. So anyways I am enjoying them. They have really sweet tweeters for sure. They are the only speakers that I can play at dead flat across the tone board on my yamaha cr2020 and be totally happy. I usually throw one notch or two above flat on the highs for most of my other speakers. They are keepers no questions asked. But just wondering why I do not see them around often. Any info on them would be great. Thanks
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    New to me AR3

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    New to me AR3

    you are right. I am listening to them now. so nice. i will pull the grill and snap some pics. thanks
  7. Swampfox77

    New to me AR3

    Hey everyone, first post here. I have for the last year been in love with my 1969 set of AR2ax's that I scored for 40$. All the while searching for the elusive affordable AR3. Well they finally found me over the last weekend. Very pleased to say the least. They are in perfect condition. I was blessed with no water marks or scuffs. Just one small bang on a upper top edge, not even really writing about. I am really wondering the age of the speakers without removing the woofers just yet. The serial numbers are 10744 and 13144. Does anyone know around when these could of been built? Anyways I hooked them to my yamaha CR-2020 and was so happy all the drivers worked! The pots worked without dropping out and the speakers responded accordingly. Now to the real life portion of this write up. I played some well known pieces that I was very familiar with and after a little while started to notice something. If i was close to one of the speakers I could hear the woofer breaking up ever so slightly on the abrupt bass passages. No one else in the house noticed anything. The other speaker sounded sublime. DEEEEEEP bass that was solid and velvety. Thats how I really came to notice the other one. Sounded like a bit of static really. Other than that they sounded superb. The mids and treble on some jazz drum attacks sounded more than live. I see what everyone has always talked about. And I thought my AR2ax's sounded special, well they still do. But this speaker is the next logical step. Removed the problem speakers grill very carefully and all was well under the covers. The woofer looked great, maybe the foam ring around the dustcap was a little dry. The fabric surround looked fine except I noticed a little sagging going on. The top of the surround was a little bit more flat than the bottom of the woofers surround. I have owned many vintage Polk speakers that I would have to rotate the passive radiators that would have sat in one position for 30+ years. And this woofer reminded me of that. Is that an issue with the AR speakers? I figure I will have to do a recap anyways so driver removal is on the horizon. I understand that spiders come loose as well as other little things. Does not really sound like coil scrape, but do not hold me to it. I am a member over at AudioKarma and was told to speak to a gentleman by the name of Roy here for assistance. I am not above sending my woofers out for a little love so I can play these gems without worry. Also I am missing the little "3" Pins that go in the grill corners. Or did they all have them? And the age of them really intrigues me as well. I am excited to learn more about these rs from the people who them best.
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