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  1. >I also recall having read the same detailed information from Stereophile, and I assume its correctness against what appears to be a sort of revisionist article containing conflated timelines, unattributed premises and boot-strapped conclusions. >I've been wishing & hoping for Tom Tyson's definitive AR history for years...would a GoFundMe effort be in vain? —ar_pro Book: The History of Acoustic Research Any and all suggestions and ideas here would be greatly appreciated! Any thoughts about what you would like to see would be great as well. To do a complete history would be difficult, but a history of the "Classic Period," from 1954-1974 (or 1980 perhaps) in one part and the Teledyne/International Jensen/Recoton/Voxx period in another part or in a revised edition. The most important part of AR history is the first 25 years or so. Anyway, please reply with your thoughts and ideas, for example: The best title for such a book? The period covered with this book; part of all? The amount of detail to be included in this book? The size of this book, a small book with 150 pp or so, or comprehensive with perhaps 300 pp? The other questions you might have. There are also many people here on this website with detailed knowledge of specific aspects of AR history and technology. Therefore, give me ideas about how you would like to see such a book. —Tom Tyson 06Jun2017
  2. Well Martin was exactly right, the speakers aren't AR 4xa speakers. I have no idea who changed them, but I pulled one and it says "Realistic" on the speaker. How embarrassing. I have no idea how that happened. So now I guess it is time to locate real AR 4 replacement speakers. I'm gonna check the tweeters too! My apology to Martin.
  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. I have a pair of AR speakers that I bought from a previous owner sometime in the early or mid 1970s and used happily as my main stereo speakers for decades. For the last several years they have been out of service, replaced by a pair of JBL L80T's that I bought more than 15 years ago. About a year ago, I hooked up the ARs for the first time in quite a while and discovered that the tweeter on one of them had blown (or so I thought). I ordered an original replacement from Vintage-AR, but I didn't have a pressing need to use the speakers, so I didn't get around to installing it. Then, a few weeks ago, my wife and I began the process of converting one of the bedrooms into a family room (she calls it my "man cave") and moved the JBLs there from the living room, along with the 65-inch Panasonic plasma TV, the Yamaha A/V receiver, surround speakers, etc. It's turned out very nicely. So now that the ARs are needed in the living room, I finally got around to installing the replacement tweeter from Vintage-AR a few days ago (more than a full year after receiving it!). To my dismay, it didn't work. I assume (but have not tested) that it is good, and that my problem is elsewhere in the cabinet. I went online to research the problem, and quickly found this wonderful site. From my reading here, I'm guessing that the problem is most likely the pot. As I read about the AR-4s here, I decided to try to determine the vintage of my pair from the serial numbers, and looking at the backs (they both still have both of their original labels), I was suprised to discover that one (the one with the "blown tweeter") is a 4, and the other is a 4x! All this time, I had had no idea they weren't completely identical! And I wonder how the person I bought them from happened to have this odd couple? Here are the details: AR-4, s/n F 19401. AR-4x, s/n FX 85379. So now I am considering what to do, and wanted this board's expert opinions on my options. I am not a purist about historical accuracy, and would rather have a sonically identical pair than retain the integrity of the AR-4. My inclination is to refurblish both with new pots, crossovers, and modern replacement tweeters, and possibly install new surrounds on the woofers. This will leave me with two working (I hope!) original 3.5-inch AR-4 tweeters that I can sell. I may also see about dry cleaning the grill covers, as a member here has done. The casework is in good, if not glorious, condition, and in their installed location is barely visible, so I probably won't bother refinishing the exteriors unless I suddenly have a lot of unexpected time on my hands. (Yeah, right!) What do you all think?
  5. I have a pair of AR-4's that I'm going to list on eBay. My troubles are, I don't know the exact model number, I don't know when they were made. The Serial Numbers are... F-16735 and F16954. The manufacturer sticker on the back (where the serial numbers are) lists them as AR-4. I attached a photo of one of the speakers, maybe I missed something. They're awesome and I've never heard a better bookshelf speaker. I hate to sell them but I need the money. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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