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  1. Two vintage AR-2ax speakers looking for a good home. Bought new, used gently for many years. Moved twice with care. Never modified or messed with. Excellent sound. Some scratches and nicks on cabinets as befits their age but no serious damage. Serial numbers AX-17320 and AX-17896. Local p/u only Boston area $200 or best offer.
  2. Hello. About 8 months ago I picked up a pair of early '70's AR-2AX speakers. They still had the original midrange drivers, woofers, capacitors and pots installed and a pair of replacement HiVi Q1R 1 tweeters. I replaced the capacitors and pots in December with Dayton Audio PMPC-4.0uF 250 V caps for the midrange and DMPC-5.6uF 250V and PMPC-0.47uF 250V soldered together for the high range drivers. Last month I decided to upgrade from the HiVi Q1R 1 a to pair of Peerless tweeters (https://www.parts-express.com/pedocs/specs/264-1676--peerless-da25tx00-08-spec-sheet.pdf). After 40+ hours I began to notice what I will describe as a buzzing sound in the middle frequencies. Yesterday I called and spoke to a tech person who, although unfamiliar with the AR's, made an educated guess that there was an issue with capacitors. Does anyone have a clue as to why this is happening? Thank you.
  3. For many years—perhaps from the very beginning—AR had a difficult time selling their products in typical audio salon showrooms. In fact, from 1954 until around 1974, AR made no attempt to cultivate good dealer relationships. Nevertheless, and despite the lack of dealer success, AR outsold nearly every other speaker manufacturer worldwide for many years without a strong, formal dealer network. How was this possible? AR products traditionally had the highest ratings and best reviews, but a prospective speaker buyer would never know it to visit the typical, small hi-fi showroom where one usually encountered a negative vibe in a showroom when an AR speaker was being demonstrated. Many times, dealers would "doctor" the speaker, reverse the polarity, turn-down the level controls or place the speaker inappropriately or disadvantageously for good A-B demos with competing products. Some dealers felt that customers would enter a store, make a decision to buy an AR product and simply go out and order it from the Allied Radio or Lafayette catalogs. Was it due to.... 1. Low dealer profit margins? 2. Lack of dealer salesman "spiffs" paid by AR? 3. Lack of dealer promotionals? 4. Lack of dealer co-op advertising? 5. AR's lack of "hand-holding" and blasé attitude towards dealers? 6. AR's traditional laissez-faire method of doing business? 7. Other reasons? Give examples of experiences you've had in dealer showrooms where AR speakers were intentionally maligned, "bad-mouthed" or "doctored" in order for a dealer to steer an unsuspecting customer to another product. —Tom Tyson
  4. It looks like an AR-2ax, and the badges attached to it identify it as such, but the tweeters have rear connectors and they are more flush mounted than any/most of the pictures of AR-2ax I've seen. Is this a late or early or radically modified AR-2ax or some other speaker?
  5. I ordered an Ohmite RHS15R Rheostat Wirewound 15 Ohm 25W Switch to repair my AR-2ax speaker...... I ended up being able to repair the original so didn't need to use the Ohmite RHS15R Rheostat. Asking $30- for it with 1st class mail included in the price. danwenzel@comcast.net
  6. Hi all, does anyone know why AR did not finish painting below the woofer area on the 2ax. Also I am doing a restore on a pair that are in good shape. What color and texture is the grill material, and is there somewhere that has replacement material? thanks
  7. Hi to all, does anyone know if asbestos was used on AR-2ax sn-05065 and 05070 as dampening material instead of fiberglass or wool batting? I bought a pair in beautiful condition need to open them up and would like to know if I should be concerned with this. Thanks
  8. Anyone venture a guess of which woofers are in these 2ax cabinets based on the AR logo? Maybe the better question is at what serial number did AR switch from the cloth surround woofer to the foam surround? Roger
  9. Compelling AR "Hindsight" Questions: Instead of the 3-way AR-5 with its excellent, expensive midrange and tweeter, should AR have made a good 3-way bookshelf unit using the AR-3a 12-inch woofer and an AR-2ax-type midrange and dome tweeter—at the AR-5 price point—to better compete with (or outgun) the Large Advent? It would use the AR-3a-size cabinet, but it would not include the expensive midrange-dome driver or solid-wood grill molding. It would look like a slightly larger AR-2ax box. As we all know, the AR-5 was (except for deep bass) technically superior to the Advent, but it failed in the market place because of its lack of low-end "punch" and its relatively high price. The AR-3a was definitely (and technically) superior to the Advent in deep bass, but it cost nearly twice as much. Therefore, would a watered-down 3-way, using the heavy AR-3a woofer, been the answer? Another angle: perhaps a 2-way design with a redesigned, Advent-like 10-inch woofer and a new mid-tweeter, capable of a lower crossover? By the time of the AR-14, these things were seriously contemplated, but it was too far down the road to try to catch the Advent's sales advantage. The AR-14's bass fell squarely between the AR-3a and the AR-5. Another angle: should AR have designed the AR-5 with the AR-2ax's cone midrange and dome tweeter, but a more-potent, lower-resonance 10-inch woofer that would be equal to the Advent 10-inch woofer? This woofer would have the same low-resonance response of the Advent, but it would lack the extremely low distortion, potent output of the bigger AR-3a 12-inch woofer. Each of these designs might have cost less than the original AR-5, but looking back, hindsight is 20-20. Would any of these designs been the answer in 1968? Thoughts... comments? —Tom Tyson
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