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    Former FOH mix engineer, OLA former owner, AR3a lust after-er, Ohm F former owner, Scan Speak current owner, AR5 interested.
  1. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    Thank you, Tom! Calling up my aural memory from fifty years ago, I recall two things about The Larger Advent, and what sold me on them (other than their price). I first heard them in a stereo store in Syracuse, NY (was it Tech HiFi?). The demonstration pitted them against AR3a's, the source material was rock (Joni Mitchell). One, the Advents, to me, just came forward, Joni's vocals and her guitar were present in a way that the 3a's just didn't (seem to) do. Two, the bass (which the 3a's were legendary for, even then) seemed equal. So, I decided on the the Advents, and I bought a pair about a year later. Yes, there was a lot wrong with the demonstration, and the glaring point is that I listened exclusively to rock in those days (other than "Also sprach Zarathustra"). The Advents were complimentary to rock music, because they had that forward midrange and they could play loud (and survive!). The 3a's were not positioned well in the demo, as I recall they were sort of buried in a pile of other speakers, where the Advents were front and center (clearly being hawked by the store). I became aware after owning the Advents for a time that they had an upper midrange "roughness" that almost bothered me. They just didn't "sparkle" in the upper registers of acoustic guitar and women's voices. Also, the highs sounded a bit "splashy", brittle. They were superior to the AR4x's I had in that regard, but not by a huge amount. The last summer I owned them, my brother and I combined our sets (he also owned a pair) into a very impressive system for the time. They were stacked tweeter to tweeter, driven by a Crown DC300A (not the cleanest thing on the planet back then, but it was powerful), which was driven by a Dynaco PAT4. The source was an AR-XA with a Shure M93E (I wish I knew what happened to that turntable!). That system could rock! Prodigious bass, decent dispersion (I didn't "grock" imaging back then), and my could it get loud. These days, listening to the Smaller Advents that I own (they were given to me by a friend when he upgraded his home theater system), I hear all of the qualities that I recall from the Larger Advents. They have very tight, very smooth bass, with decent extension (percussion is downright impressive). They do image well, and they're very stable in that regard. The sonic presentation is very natural top to bottom, but there IS that upper mid roughness and the tweeters do not do well with overtones or decay. They sound quite glassy. But, I like them! I think I mentioned that I have been listening to demos of the various classic speakers and electronics on YouTube. YouTube is a representation at best (compression, recorder used, etc, etc, etc), but it did bring out that I HAD NEVER REALLY HEARD AR SPEAKERS. I have been impressed, mesmerized, and wowed by what I have heard (through my Beyer cans and good pair of Sony earbuds). In particular, I was struck by one of the member's here demonstration of his AR-2ax pair vs his AR-5 pair (driven by a beautiful Marantz 2270). I could hear only a slight difference between the two models (the biggest being the very apparent difference in efficiency). I was impressed by both sets of speakers. I resolved that I wanted (can you say "needed" ) a pair (or more) of vintage AR's. As far as being a woman on this forum, well, you guys can't have all the fun! Thank you for the welcome, all of you! (Okay on the filleted Allison surrounds, thank you for that). Oh - the speakers are scheduled for delivery this coming Saturday. I'm only a little anxious?
  2. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    Hello, Tom! It's nice to meet you. Thank you for the information. You had some VERY encouraging things to say about the speakers. One was a surprise, that in your opinion they will sound better than the AR-5's, you like the midrange driver better for near field listening. I am positively anxious to hear them after reading that! I don't have the serial numbers. I could read one from the seller's photos, and the other was a bit of a guess - AX158489 and the guess was AX158(672)? They may be close in pairing, I hope they are. I have one concern vis a vis the grill cloth. I hope the seller didn't damage the frame when she "pried off" the grill! It looks to be a bit bent in the photos, I do hope it isn't broken. I will report the arrival as soon as it happens. I suspect it's about a week off. @bfastr, yes! I'll send you an email. And thank you!
  3. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    @larrybody, that's an impressive collection of AR-2ax's! Your new pair certainly is pretty. I'll be sure to post pictures of mine when they arrive, as well as impressions. It seems you and others are interested in how I treat them, and I'll be happy to post a blow by blow. I do hope at some point down the road to start a thread on my very own AR-5's. I have my eyes open for a decent, affordable pair. There are a few on eBay right now, and my interest is piqued. However, I am a patient person, and I want to get acquainted with the AR-2ax's first and get them up to snuff. I'm sure there will be AR-5's out there when I decide to acquire a pair.
  4. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    Hi! They're decent by themselves, probably good to 50Hz. I have them paired with an (original) Velodyne ULD-15, so I have the bottom octaves well covered.
  5. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    Bob, you mentioned you replaced the original drivers in your AR4x's with Madisound components? Just for a point of interest, the studio monitors I use in my editing suite are 2 way monitors, with a Scan Speak 18W/8545 woofer and D2905 tweeter, and to say I am happy with them would be an understatement. Of course they don't have a "vintage" sound, they are modern speakers and are very nuanced and neutral. I use them in the near field, and they've played happily for years. Oh, those drivers are in Madisound cabinets, sturdy, well made - just lovely.
  6. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    Those ARE pretty! I hope mine are half that nice. And I hope they work. I have some memory of the AR4x's I had in college. I drove them with a pair of Southwest Technical Products Universal Tiger monoblocks, WAY too much power for them. I had trouble with the tweeter level controls going bad on them (they got hot and melted...), but the drivers themselves were very robust and worked and worked and worked. They sounded quite good, as I recall, and had prodigious bass response. I remember the highs sounding a bit rough, but I am sure those (questionable) monoblocks I had contributed to that artifact in a big way. I sold them and bought my Larger Advents (OLA). I'll let everyone know what I find when my AR2ax's arrive.
  7. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    Great advice, Adams! Very much appreciated. Thank you!
  8. Hi, New With New To Me AR-2ax Pair

    Hi Adams! Thank you! I have downloaded the AR3a restoration guide. I've not read it through, yet, but it certainly seems thorough. Thank you very much for the vote of confidence in my purchase! One of the reasons I decided on the particular pair of AR2ax's that I bought, other than the price, was that the cabinets appeared to be very good, the grills looked great, and the documentation on the back of the speakers was there. They had hallmarks of being well taken care of, and perhaps even one owner. I'll never know for sure.
  9. Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum. I'm also new to vintage AR speakers, not having owned the brand since 1972-1973 when I had a pair of AR-4x's in college. They weren't "vintage" then! I am a woman of a certain age, and as of late I've been nostalgically resurrecting the things that gave me great joy in my youth. I still have most of one of the stereo systems I had in college, save for my beloved Larger Advents, which I regrettably sold ages ago. I do have a restored pair of Smaller Advents, connected to my Harmon Kardon 630. I've decided to expand the nostalgia trip, and go for that "New England Sound" by acquiring some vintage AR speakers. Ideally, I'd prefer AR3a's or AR-5's, but I decided to start with an affordable pair of AR-2ax's, this pair: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Acoustic-Research-AR-2ax-Acoustic-Suspension-Loudspeaker-System-Two-Speakers/222633422990?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 Dedicated forums are a wonderful place to glean advice, learn, make friends, and muse. My first question to you fine folks about these speakers is the obvious - which refoam kit do I need to buy for the woofers? I plan to check the capacitors, and they'll probably need replacing. Hopefully the tweeters work. I'm sure those robust midranges are okay, but if they aren't, there's a plethora of them available out there in the wild. I know I'm not going to have the level of detail or imaging that the 3a's or 5's would offer, but for now, the 2ax's are a good place to start, I think. Thank you in advance, and it's nice to say hi to you all!