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  1. ctjetta

    AR-5 store speakers

    Whenever I would go to Fred Locke they would try to sell me Genesis speakers. They also had Avid and JBL. As well as their FLS speakers! They were big on Pioneer elcronics. I was a Tech Hi-Fi person, myself. And yes, I was born, raised and live in CT. I couldn't imagine living any where else!
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    AR-5 store speakers

    So while on my continual hunt for used vinyl I went into this store in Wethersfield, CT, Integrity 'N Music, a store I had last stepped foot into in 1979, and the first thing I see as I walk in is what looks like an AR cabinet. I ask if these are indeed AR's and he replies they're something called acoustic Research. Okaaaay. So I ask if I might take the grille off the one by the door and he agrees to let me. Not being intimately familiar with the whole AR line, they seemed to be 5'ish in size. And sure nuf when I took the grille off there was the AR5 layout. Now it may have been an AR woofer, I can't say for sure, but the midrange looked like the same cone unit as used in the Infinity Quantum speakers- the ones with the eight (?) sided chassis. The tweeter was some dome I also didn't recognize. Not even close to being original, but he didn't know and didn't care. I let him be in his ignorance. So I didn't find a kindred spirit in terms of AR speakers, but he was happy playing Dexter Gordon as he worked.
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    AR9's available, maybe- an FYI

    Yes, they have stuff, but not a lot that I found of interest. He seemed kinda pricey, but he is running a business, not a hobby. Had you asked when he sold the AR9's or how much he had gotten for them? I feel I failed as I should have posted sooner,
  4. A couple of weeks ago I wandered into Merle's Record Rack, in Orange, CT the last store of a small chain of record stores here in Connecticut. They have some used audio available, some of interest, much of it not. The owner/technician uses AR LST's for his test speakers. At that time he had just gotten in a pair of AR 9's. Said refoaming was needed. The cabinets looked to be in good condition. If anyone has interest this is their link- http://merlesrecordrack.com/index.html I have no affiliation, don't often shop for records there. But they had a pair of AR 9's that may be of interest.
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    AR 5 X-over caps

    I'm looking to replace the smaller x-over caps in my AR-5's. If I'm correct they are 4 uF. I haven't looked into this in any detail, but while looking at one site, they offer Solens at 3.3 uF and 4.7 uF- one too low, one too high. Is either for all practical purposes useful? Alternatively can I parallel two caps to arrive at a closer spec, e.g. 1 uF and 3.3 uF? Thanks
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    Acoustic Research AR-5 rebuild service

    Lucky for you he had only the one; if had two I would have long ago purchased them. I'm happy you were able to use it.
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    Acoustic Research AR-5 rebuild service

    So, you're the one who bought that midrange. I've been watching it for months but held off acquiring it as I need two midranges and never saw a second one listed. I hope it works out for you.
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    AR-5 crossover

    Thank you, stupidhead. (An endearment from your wife, maybe?) I can read schematics well enough; speaker crossovers are as simple as it gets. I solder better than many, not as well as others. So I got that going for me. And as long as Solens retain the original voice of the AR-5 they are an option. I appreciate the keeping it as original as possible; I have original AR woofers, AR tweeters configgered to match the AR-5, and I don't know if there's an alternative to AR-5 mids so I'm still on the hunt for them. And I'm sorry there are no absolutes; how much easier would this be if there were!
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    AR-5 crossover

    As far as recapping is there a "consensus" as to which caps to use? Electrolytics vs. film? Dayton, Solen, or some other?
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    AR-5 crossover

    Thanks or the link Pete.
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    AR-5 crossover

    As suggested, starting a new thread. As some already know, I acquired a pair of AR-5 cabinets and have been attempting to get the proper drivers. I have a pair woofers from Pete B. and am getting tweeters from RoyC. I finally decided to take the cabinets off the shelf to see what I had inside. After removing what looked like pale yellow cotton candy this is what I found- Apparently, someone got creative with the crossovers. Looks like he tried to bypass the frequency level controls. One set of caps had come loose, hence my being able to photo them in hand. It's never easy. Sigh. Any thoughts, opinions, or queries? All are needed and welcomed. To those that have already commented, thank you
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    need help w/ AR5 crossover

    Apparently, someone got creative with the crossovers. Looks like he tried to bypass the frequency level controls. One set of caps had come loose, hence my being able to photo them in hand. It's never easy. Sigh. Any thoughts, opinions, or queries? All are needed and welcomed.
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    need help w/ AR5 crossover

    Rather than start a new thread, I figured I would recycle it. As some already know, I acquired a pair of AR-5 cabinets and have been attempting to get the proper drivers. I have a pair woofers from Pete B. and am getting tweeters from RoyC. I finally decided to take the cabinets off the shelf to see what I had inside. After removing what looked like pale yellow cotton candy this is what I found-
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    I'm afraid it has happened?

    Thank you for the help, RoyC. The AR4 tweeters search will need more thought.
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    I'm afraid it has happened?

    I realize that it makes little financial sense (go figure), as opposed to the HiVi replacement tweeter/coil combo, but the Midwest tweeter really appeals to me for my AR5s. Is there any thought as to a ballpark value for the coil that would be required? Now, if I understand correctly, the HiVi replacement tweeter/coil combo (different coil value?), will work in my AR4(x,xa) cabinets that also need new drivers. But, one project at a time.
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