ra.ra Posted September 13, 2017 Author Report Share Posted September 13, 2017 23 minutes ago, ar_pro said: ... place the ugly ducklings on an actual bookshelf, surrounded by books - or records! It ... still looks pretty fine. Very good point - - if the sound is the only thing that matters and the visuals don't at all, this solution works very well. Surround vinyl with more vinyl. And definitely, the dimension of the albums or coffee table books will help to conceal the ugly beasts. 32 minutes ago, genek said: ...strip a pair of speakers for about $10. ...or strip them for no cost as I have tried to point out. 39 minutes ago, genek said: ....get some sheer black spandex and just wrap the whole box... Uh-oh.... please, not those AR-93's and 94's again! Very well engineered speakers indeed, but well, shall we say, not among the most attractive products? Don't like the looks?....put a sock over it! This reminds me so much of Claes Oldenburg's idea for the 1976 bicentennial in Boston - his proposal was to place an enormous paper bag over the 52-story Prudential Tower, considered then (and now) by some to be an unavoidable eyesore on the cityscape. Not only did AR cut costs with the cheap cabinet construction and finish for the 93 and 94 models, but they failed to employ a qualified industrial designer to address the visual aesthetics that some potential owners (me, maybe?) desire in a product to be placed in their daily living environment. The spare, bare, and pared-down nature of my 'new' 18s speakers, with vinyl-stripped cabs, exposed MDF, cheap fresh caps, and retro screw terminals, is admittedly not suitable for everyone and their personal predilections, as was predicted at the very onset of this thread. That is perfectly OK with me, while still respectful of the tastes of others - - this project is just one set of thoughts about a rescue mission of one particular sad puppy with a huge, untapped personality that has found an appreciative and loving home. Mongrels only, no AKC pure breeds need apply. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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