We've talked about the AR-16 somewhat in the past, but not a great deal has been said about it since so few were produced. It was a somewhat over-engineered speaker with an elaborate crossover, expensive drivers and nice cabinet details. The 16 was the 4th speaker in a series of designs from AR's Norwood Advanced Development Division engineering effort, falling in place after the AR-10π, the AR-11 and the AR-MST/1. It was introduced to dealers in November 1975 and was introduced to the public (and began shipping in) mid-February, 1976. The AR-12 and AR-14 were next, followed by the AR-15.
Interestingly, the AR-16 was designed to replace the AR-4xa and AR-6, and it used the new Peerless (later AR-built) 1-inch cloth-dome tweeter, very similar to the one used in the early AR-14—no Ferrofluid ever, however. The AR-14 got Ferrofluid, along with all of the other ADD speakers (AR-10, AR-11, AR-12, AR-15, AR-17 and AR-18) in the period from October 1976 through June 1977. The AR-16, however, did get an elaborate half-section (on each driver) LCR crossover with electrolytic capacitors and air-core chokes—more sophisticated than with either the AR-4xa or AR-6. The low-frequency response of the 16 was the same as the AR-2ax (as well as the AR-6 and later AR-15), and the new tweeter had the advantage of a front baffle free of edges and moldings, thus the speaker enjoyed a basically diffraction-free output with wide dispersion. The first AR-16s were available in a walnut-grained genuine-wood cabinet for $99.95 each (available in pairs only, however); however, by the time production began, a walnut-finish vinyl cabinet was offered for $99.95 and a genuine-wood-veneer version for $115.00 each.
AR was very proud of the performance of the new AR-16 (flattest anechoic-energy response to date measured in their new semi-reverberant chamber), but it was one speaker designed initially to replace two speakers from before: the AR-4xa and the AR-6. Soon, however, the company introduced the AR-15 (AR-6-sized), the AR-17 (a better replacement for the 4 and the AR-18 (AR-7 replacement), and the AR-16 died on the vine after a little over a year of production.
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