audiochat Posted October 17, 2012 Report Share Posted October 17, 2012 A couple of months ego I got a pair of AR-16 loudspeakers,made in Sydney Australia under license from AR.They were in a very bad condition,foam surround on both woofers completely gone,cabinet veneer cracked & separated at the seems ,very neglected & unloved. I tried Google for some info. but there wasn't much there.I turned to the classic speaker pages & got some positive & some negative comments .But on the whole not much discussions.To cut a long story short, I managed ( I believe) to bring those speakers back to their original (new condition) with the help of some knowledgeable speaker builder.(New Mundorf bipolar caps of same value as the originals + Mox resistors ).The foam surrounds were professionally done at some expense & the cabinets were refurbished beautifully with Howard restore-a-finish & feed wax something...When I removed the woofers to have them re-foamed,I was surprised & pleased to see a substantial crossover with at least 7 or 8 components of reasonable quality & also noticed black writing on the X'over that says (AR-16 mk2).I did not know that they made mk1 & mk2 ar-16! Anyhow,how did they sound after all this work you may ask. Driven by a fully refurbished stock Dynaco st.70 valve power amp.+ luxman cl32 valve pre-amp.+ Cambridge audio azure 740c cd player,the sound is neutral, pleasant and maybe accurate albeit a touch light on the bass. Pushing the speakers against the wall seems to generate a bit more bass.( Also, tweeter roll off position selected at the back).The thing that I don't understand is why so much fuss about the AR 4x when the AR-16 sounds (to my ears at least) so much better! Clearer,more extended treble , excellent mid-range & useful bass,in general more focus & more details. No muddy bass & muted highs that I used to get from the very popular ar4x. Although the 4x has a nicer cabinet!I must say I'm beginning to appreciate & like the sound those (unloved & underrated) loudspeakers make.I would like to hear the views of members who used the AR -16 at some stage.beforeafter Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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