der Posted July 1, 2019 Report Share Posted July 1, 2019 Still listening to my original pair of 3a that I purchased new in 1969. I've never heard anything that I've liked better so why change?. Over the years I had to replace the mid ranges because of an amp failure. That was my first amp that I drove the 3a's with - the AR amp. I believe it was rated at 60 WPC RMS into 4 ohms. In the past 10 years I've done some speaker maintenance - rebuilt the crossovers and replaced the pots and resealed the woofer cloth surrounds. Amazingly, both tweeters still have good output that even my 72 year old ears can detect. But, this post is more about amplification than my speakers. After the AR amp blew up I intended on having repaired but it got lost in the shuffle and I bought a Technics receiver that I used for maybe 25 years. It wasn't much but I wasn't listening that much, career, family, etc. Then came a Harman Kardon receiver that did duty for approximately 6. I was never really happy with either. For the past year or so I explored other amps. I've looked and inquired about vintage this or that and also looked into something new with a remote (old guys like remotes) with plenty of power. I ended up buying a new Yamaha A-S701. It has an optical output for CD and it's own DAC. It does have a phone input but I prefer my Cambridge pre although the built in isn't bad at all. All tone controls can be switched out - which I prefer. My 3a have never sounded better, This little Yamaha makes the whole system sound new again. Yamaha doesn't specify the 4 ohm power output but I believe it to be between 120 -150 watts RMS. I must say, after 50 years of ownership it's almost like I've never really heard these speakers. I listen to vinyl mainly, and usually jazz. It's like I have a whole new system. You might guess that I'm a bit excited about this acquisition. Sorry if I bored you all but had to post. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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