frankmarsi Posted December 28, 2015 Report Share Posted December 28, 2015 12-28-15 “ Listening to AR speakers, the way they were meant to be listened to”. For all of you AR speakers owners that still listen to CD as your source for judging AR speakers and more importantly judging music, wake up! CDs are not the source that AR used for designing and building AR speakers, their primary source was more than likely the physical source, the old stand-by for music reproduction, the nearly one hundred year old medium and technology, the minuscule record groove. I can imagine that you ‘nuts and bolts’ guys out there playing around with potentiometers, capacitors and the like have been using CD as part of your ‘testing- parameters’. In most cases using low to medium priced CD players to judge the quality of your AR speakers, an almost sad realization that isn’t really allowing you to hear the heart, the soul of music. Admittedly, SACD players may approach and in some case may even equal the sound quality of a good condition and quality vinyl pressing but, most do not use SACDs because of their high cost and limited selection of musical choices. Speaking for myself, I use vinyl records for 98% of my musical enjoyment. Admittedly, I clean my records on a VPI 16.5 RCM and I’m presently considering the purchase of an ultra-sonic RCM, but generally speaking most folks can get by with less costly means of keeping their vinyl records in good listenable shape. Speaking of my ability to be ‘excessive’ in my usual neurotic approach of most ‘things’ I get ‘into’, I’ve purchased over 6000 used records in the last ten years. Surely, some records are not in the greatest of condition but, in most cases some of these disks are of recordings that probably will never be reproduced again so, I just had to have them in any condition. Nonetheless, it’s amazing what pleasure can be realized with a good condition vinyl record if cleaned properly. It’s also amazing how well most vinyl has actually held-up all these years, dormant in many folks collections before they sold them to some used record store. In fact, just three months ago, I purchased a used record for $4.99 in very good condition, I cleaned it and it sounded excellent. I then check the auction site and in the same condition it's going for $150.00 In another sense, judging AR speakers with other sources, is almost counter-productive in that AR as mentioned above had to use a mostly vinyl ‘front-end’ in producing and testing their hard earned points of making a quality loud speaker. Although, in the interest of full-disclosure, I bet they must have used high quality tape machines too. Some insiders predict that tape may make a ‘come-back’ in the very near future. I wish I knew what actual turntables and cartridges AR used but that information may be lost in time? Vinyl, especially reclaimed good condition records can render excellent quality musical enjoyment like no other source. There is certainly nothing like the almost religious-experience and procedure of placing a vinyl disk on a quality turntable. Placing that quality cartridge on the ‘run-in’ groove is also something to behold. Well it is certainly, for vinyl freaks much like myself. So, get off of your speaker rebuilding ‘grease-monkey, speaker repair-guy’ laurels and be the actual race car driver and partake in the vinyl revolution that’s been brewing for over the last ten years now and get in the ‘groove’ and enjoy music the way it was best meant to sound through the wonderful world of vinyl records. **NEWS-FLASH**: As a supporting shot in the arm, “Columbia-House” has announced today that they are in 2016 rejuvenating their old vinyl record club. Holy-moly what is that saying? In fact many current music making groups are insisting that their music is recorded on vinyl besides the usual CD numbers produced. Most of you older AR freaks probably will remember in the early seventies and before the many record clubs where you bought 8 records and received two free records every month, or some sort of deal like that? As a young person back then I too joined the ‘club’, but I quit because my money was spent on other things like dating girls and the purchase of my still owned original AR-3as. Amplifiers also took my money so, I was content with the 300 vinyl disks I already had at that point. However, lately, well since 2005, I have delved into the extreme by finally purchasing the music I wasn’t able to afford back then due to the lack of funds. So, rejoice, refurbish your old AR speakers and then sit back and get back into vinyl, the true source of musical listening pleasure! fm http://kroq.cbslocal.com/2015/12/27/columbia-house-to-relaunch-with-vinyl-mail-order-service/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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