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  1. I will start this off by saying although I've dug through many threads about restoring, recapping, refoaming, repotting these speakers I am pretty much a total newbie to actually doing the things. The other day I came across some pretty decent looking AR-5s on the local marketplace. Took em home, took off the grills, and the foam is gone. Alright, I can handle that. Pulled the woofers. One measures 6 ohm, which is fine I think, and the other, open. Not great! So I dig out the rockwool and look at the crossovers: One appears to be fine, the other looks like where the
  2. >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 wo
  3. I have managed to secure a pair of AR-5's. They were one owner speakers. On initial inspection, they seem to be quite good. The cabinets are very nice, as is the grill cloth. The woofers and mids work, I'm not sure about the tweeters. I need to do the battery check on them. The controls are iffy, no surprise there. The woofer surrounds are completely shot, also no surprise. One has holes in it, the other is solid but very fragile. I'll hook that speaker up and give it an extended listen before I start restoration on it. I ordered and received a refoam kit from Vintage AR.
  4. 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 on
  5. For the first time ever since I have been watching the auction site for ARs a pair of 5s turns up - in mahogany a bit bumped around here and there, but nothing tragic, Grilles a bit grubby, but pretty intact. Nicely consecutive numbers..... ....the first time I have bought any ARs in the UK without speckled backs... Alnico woofers with flat caps..... ... ....both cones of which move freely. Boston FFs on order. I noted as per previous threads..... ......fibreglass between Kimpac
  6. for sale pair of Acoustic Research AR-5 speakers new unopened in original boxes from the late '60s or early '70s. these were acquired from a US service member stationed in Germany in the late '60s who purchased a set of four AR-5s intending to set up a quad system. shortly after the purchase he was shipped back to the states and never got around to building the quad system. amazingly he held on to the set of speakers for nearly 50 years never opening the boxes. These are the exact same speakers I bought in 1974 .... If I had the spare change I would drive over the hill and get
  7. There is an early pair of AR-5's up on the auction site in Fallbrook, CA. They look like they are from the first months production as serial numbers are under 500. I would be tempted if my cash flow wasn't dried up at the moment. Cabs look a little distressed. Also interesting to note the front and back panels appear to be AR's version of MDF rather than plywood. The dust caps on the woofers do not appear to be domed shaped but the later flat versions. Were they replaced or did AR mix them up from the start? Item #: 371702253845 Roger
  8. Hey folks been a while - preoccupied with kids and all (two and through... hopefully). Finally getting back to the ARs and removed the cone / spider to find that the coil windings had partially come apart in the magnet. I found a few threads with some discussion on options for replacement but didn't see much on results. Apologies if I just missed it. Chances these can be rewound? I am able to reinstall them but they don't lay clean. If I was able to, it's clear I would need a glue of some sort along the way to hold in place and keep them flat. Otherwise, I know I could recone
  9. I sidelined my Ar-5 project last year after popping a dome on one of the tweeters. After listening to the latest addition to the covey (seems like a suitable moniker for a bunch of speakers), Ar-58s for a few weeks without any EQ and one modified crossover I decided to try some AR-12 tweeters in the 5's without any crossover mods. Interesting ... I wasn't holding out much for them since they came with the usual crushed dome shipping off the auction site. The seller assured me he always ships speakers that way and never had a problem! They are not as clean sounding as the 58s' but a major
  10. 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 t
  11. VINTAGE 2 PAIRS ACOUSTIC RESEARCH AR-5 SUSPENSION LOUDSPEAKERS #121611630063 “Original boxes and original packaging.Keep the garage about 40 years.Perfect used .condition.” I would be tempted if I had the cash flow One grand delivered in the original boxes. I don't expect they will last long at that price/condition.
  12. WTB the following loudspeakers systems: (01 pair) very-very-mint (in original condition or restored by a pro) AR-4xa; (01 pair) very-very-mint (in original condition or restored by a pro) AR-7; (01 pair) very-very-mint (in original condition or restored by a pro) AR-5. With the original shipping boxes. It will be shipped to Miami, Florida.
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