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  1. Thanks for the welcome, Tom. I've posted on a few topics, but I'm still a relative newcomer to the forum. I did not know that AR reprised the Demo Room in 1994. I was in Florida for a couple of years in the mid-nineties, so even if I knew about it, it's highly unlikely that I would have been unable to visit. That must have been during much of the restoration work to the terminal. I took a look at the home page for AR products recently, and aside from a few outdoor speakers, it looks like they are out of the speaker business entirely, so I guess there is not much hope for a 70th birthday celebration at GCT in 2024. I just discovered this thread while I was thinking of posting this very topic. It's been months since the last post and I don't know if anyone else will see this, but here goes: My memory for detail isn't as sharp as everyone else, but I do remember one important fact that wasn't mentioned in any of the other posts. The AR Demonstration Room was air conditioned while the rest of the Grand Central Terminal was not! I was a sixteen year old working a summer job as a messenger in the Lower Level of Grand Central in the summer of 1970. (At that time there was no such thing as Email, scanners, FAX Machines, and even bicycle messengers were rare. Most paperwork in Manhattan was hand-delivered by messenger.) As a teenager about to start my last year of H.S. I the knew very little about HiFi audio, but I knew a good place to escape the heat on my lunch hour in the middle of August. For me, the AR Demo Room was an oasis in the middle of a noisy, crowded city. I remember the tranquility and coolness of the room, augmented by the waves of mostly classical music that emanated from the AR3's. Although my initial motivation was escape from the heat, the AR Demo Room also became one of my introductions to better audio quality. I discovered the AR Room in late August, shortly before quitting my job and taking a week off before returning to Staten Island and school. So while my exposure to HiFi was short, it did stay with me. By the next year, like most other kids heading off to college, I had saved up enough money for my first Mid-Fi audio system. It didn't include AR speakers which were over my budget, but it was a huge improvement over what passed for an audio system in my parents home. I'm a retired senior now, and I've started to dabble again with audio equipment as one of my hobbies. (I recently purchased a reworked AR-Xa) Memories are so much more important to me now, compared to when I was younger. I suppose it's a way of reliving the fresh experience of youth. The AR Demo Room at Grand Central Terminal is one of my best memories of that summer.
  2. Just curious. What Harman Kardon receiver were you using for 6 years, and what was deficient about it? I've had a Harman Kardon receivers for a number of years, the latest being the HK 3490, and have been very happy with them. I'm not driving AR3's rented at 4 ohms, but all my speakers were either vintage KLH, Advent, or EPI and I thought the HK receivers paired well with them, especially the HK 3490 rated at 120 WPC.
  3. I just discovered this thread while I was thinking of posting this very topic. It's been months since the last post and I don't know if anyone else will see this, but here goes: My memory for detail isn't as sharp as everyone else, but I do remember one important fact that wasn't mentioned in any of the other posts. The AR Demonstration Room was air conditioned while the rest of the Grand Central Terminal was not! I was a sixteen year old working a summer job as a messenger in the Lower Level of Grand Central in the summer of 1970. (At that time there was no such thing as Email, scanners, FAX Machines, and even bicycle messengers were rare. Most paperwork in Manhattan was hand-delivered by messenger.) As a teenager about to start my last year of H.S. I the knew very little about HiFi audio, but I knew a good place to escape the heat on my lunch hour in the middle of August. For me, the AR Demo Room was an oasis in the middle of a noisy, crowded city. I remember the tranquility and coolness of the room, augmented by the waves of mostly classical music that emanated from the AR3's. Although my initial motivation was escape from the heat, the AR Demo Room also became one of my introductions to better audio quality. I discovered the AR Room in late August, shortly before quitting my job and taking a week off before returning to Staten Island and school. So while my exposure to HiFi was short, it did stay with me. By the next year, like most other kids heading off to college, I had saved up enough money for my first Mid-Fi audio system. It didn't include AR speakers which were over my budget, but it was a huge improvement over what passed for an audio system in my parents home. I'm a retired senior now, and I've started to dabble again with audio equipment as one of my hobbies. (I recently purchased a reworked AR-Xa) Memories are so much more important to me now, compared to when I was younger. I suppose it's a way of reliving the fresh experience of youth. The AR Demo Room at Grand Central Terminal is one of my best memories of that summer.
  4. I recently purchased a vintage Fisher 500B receiver. Trying to connect 12 gauge speaker wire to the terminals has been difficult. Interestingly the, Fisher owners manual recommends 12 gauge "zip cord" for use as a speaker cable, but the terminals on the back of the receiver really don't accommodate wiring that thick. When the 12 gauge cord is wrapped around the terminal it almost touches other terminals due the the thickness of the wire. Has anyone else run into this problem and come up with a solution?
  5. I have a Harman Kardon 3770 receiver rated at 120 watts per channel. According to the users manual I can push two sets of speakers as long as each set is rated at 8 ohms. The speakers sound great stacked! Thanks for your info.
  6. I just purchased a set of both OLA's and Advent A3's. Can you stack them in combination like you can OLA's? The speaker connections on the back panel don't indicate "+" and "ground". One connector says "8 ohms" and the other connector has a "O". What is the correct way to wire them if you are connecting one set of speakers? How do you wire them if you want to stack them, given the odd labels on the back of the speaker? Thanks, any help would be appreciated.
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