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AR Spririt 122 (1991) specs. Pls help.

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I have a couple of AR 122 speakers but I do not have any specs. I want to be sure that I can connect these speakers to an Denon AVR 2105 (100 watts) as frontal speakers in a home cinema 7.1.

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I'll get you some specs on the 122 if I can find them. In the meantime, here is a little background on this series from an earlier post of mine:

#2214, "RE: AR 142 Information"

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The Spirit Series also dated from 1990, but I never actually saw it in any store here in the Boston area. They came and went very fast.

There were 6 models. The 142 was one down from the top of the line 162. It was interesting to read Julian Hirsch's review of the 162 in Stereo Review. He was such an AR fan, he loved the classic ARs, and correctly felt the AR-1 was the turning point for modern speaker design. I almost felt bad for him as he struggled vainly to find something good to say about the 162. This was the absolute end of the AR we all knew from years past. Forgettable boxes stuffed with OEM drivers. Very sad.

The 142 was a small floorstanding speaker, with an 8" woofer, a 6 1/2" woofer/midrange, and a 1" (not 1 1/4") dome tweeter. It was a "2 1/2" -way configuration. LF response was rated to -3dB @ 52Hz. Dimensions were 25 5/8 x 9 1/8 x 11" HWD.

There was also a full line of Spirit electronic components--integrated amps, a receiver, tuner, tape deck, and CD player.

The 122 was a 6 1/2" 2-way bookshelf with an 8 ohm impedance and 90dB sensitivity. There should be no reason why you couldn't use it in an HT system, especially considering it will be high-passed.

Steve F.

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Steve F,

Thank you very much for your answer. I am a little disappointed because I though I have bought a pair of little AR treasures but in your opinion the Spirit series are the last poor sons of a wealthy and successful family. I have bought a 5.1 KEF KHT 2005.2 speakers (very british and very trendy) and Denon AVR 2105. This Denon amplifier gives you an option to use a pair of speakers in an different area. I am going to use my AR in a different room.

Thank you and I wish you a happy 2005.

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