I couldn’t find an appropriate open thread in which to place this comment so I started a new one.
I have been reading this forum for well over a year and perused most of the AR threads in the main forum as well as in the Kitchen, so I will not be surprised if what I am about to say meets with disagreement, but I finally know why I prefer AR speakers.
After many hours of listening to the AR2ax, 3a, 9 and 5 and years of fiddling with tone controls equalizers, subwoofers, surround systems and other speakers, I have convinced myself that I could probably duplicate the sound that I get from the ARs using other brands of well designed speakers including combinations of satellites and subwoofers. After all, the sound of good music is subjective and not unique to the speaker but to the listener.
On the good side, this means if I lose my ARs before I die, I really don’t need more ARs to get an AR sound but on the downside I think the effort in getting there will be a lot more complicated than it is with the ARs and maybe more expensive. I enjoy a variety of music genres but the only time I listen critically to the musical presentation of speakers is with classical music.
So, simply stated, the reason that I have come to prefer ARs, after many years of listening to other speakers, is the sound of well recorded classical music that I prefer is most easily achieved with ARs. I am not sure I would have ever come to this conclusion if I had not come across this website while considering the purchase of some derelict 3as. And I know that I would not be enjoying music as I am now. Thanks