kryten79 Posted January 8, 2020 Report Share Posted January 8, 2020 I was excited to buy my first pair of ARs from Salvation Army quite awhile back. I have Klipsch and Pioneer HPMs and can't remember the last pair of ARs I heard so these went into the queue to be resurrected. I have not even played them nor removed the grills but it is obvious they have not been molested and the cabinets are in good shape. I restore with originality in mind. When I (rarely) sell, I do not try to get the last dollar out of a buyer. It's more important to me to save items from being parted out or sent to the dump. I took advantage of a snowy day to do my research at AudioKarma and here, initially searching the L-pad problem, I found much more to bookmark. Y'all are incredible, by the way. In the recent thread "Options in restoring AR-2ax" , the Parts Express shopping list came out as: 2 x Dayton Audio DNR-25 25 Ohm 10W Precision Audio Grade Resistor 2 x Dayton Audio PMPC-6.2 6.2uF 250V Precision Audio Capacitor 2 x Dayton Audio PMPC-4.0 4.0uF 250V Precision Audio Capacitor 2 x Parts Express Speaker L-Pad Attenuator 15W Mono 3/8" Shaft 8 Ohm In the PE shopping cart, the capacitors and resistors total $21. If I price out the same at Sonic Craft, choosing 12W Vishay Mills and 200V Gen1 Sonicaps, my cart is at $83 !!! I typically will choose Mills and Sonicaps (and have Sonic Craft L1 or L2 match them) for floor standers with a 3 or 4 way crossover. I figure if the value of the speakers restored is over $400 or so, I may as well use the best I know about. They're not too huge and the reviews say the caps are neutral and consistent and the values and ESR are accurate. So ..... I'm leaning towards the lower cost option. My initial reasoning is I don't know if the crossover requires more "accurate", for lack of a better term, components; whether I will love the sound and keep them, or their value if I do choose to sell. I will leave the items in the two shopping carts for a bit while I think about it and wait for you to add your $0.02. Opinions on these manufacturers or others anyone? What is your reasoning? I'll refill my cup while the discussion warms up. ? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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