Steve F Posted September 1, 2016 Report Share Posted September 1, 2016 In the “Wouldn’t this have been cool, so please don’t bother me with arguments of why it might not have been cost-feasible” department, here’s one for you: Remember how AR used to offer upgrade kits, like the adapter plate w/ 3 ½” driver, to convert the AR-2 into a 2x (first gen) or the AR-2a into a 2ax (first gen)? Or the AR-3t and AR-3st, neat little walnut boxes that looked like dollhouse-sized AR speakers and contained either a 1 3/8” tweeter (3st) or both the 2” dome mid and 1 3/8” tweeter (3t)? These could upgrade the AR-1 and 1w performance to either exactly or close to AR-3 level performance. What if a decade or so later AR offered a Microstatic-shaped add-on containing two 1 ½” dome mids and two ¾” dome tweeters (one above the other) in an angled enclosure with each MF/HF pair firing off to the sides at the same angle as the LST’s side panel? The replacement price for the dome mid was $55.00 ea, the tweeter was $24.50 ea. That’s retail, so “wholesale” is half of that. Wholesale for the x-o? WAG, $20. Cabinet? WAG, $20. That’s a wholesale cost of the “AR-3a-t” of $120, so retail would be $240 ea. Add that to the $250 ea. list of a 3a and you’re at $490 ea. for very close to LST performance (the LST was $600 ea.). That would’ve worked from both a price and performance standpoint, and I bet a lot of 3a owners would’ve gone for it. The Classic era was just too much fun. Steve F. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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