In the early 90's Acoustic Research made an attempt to move into high-end territory. I recall that they had a Pre-Amp and a Speaker. Audio magazine tested the Pre-Amp. As far as I know, the speaker was never tested by a magazine, however, it was at an audio show in New York. A long time reviewer said these were "the most natural sounding speaker" he had ever heard.
I was able to quickly get my hands on the poop sheet for the speaker. At that time the price for a pair of these was $5,500. Way more than I was prepared to spend.
These speakers were about 49 inches tall had an MTM arrangement on a narrow, open panel. The mid ranges were 3 inch domes and the tweet was a one inch soft dome.
A 12 inch sealed woofer occupied the bottom. The speaker weighed 85 pounds.
I have always wished I could have heard them.
I wonder if anyone on this forum ever heard them and if so, what was your reaction?
You sure about the model number? I remember a speaker called the AR3 that was developed in the 60s. It then became the AR3A. AR's high end assault at the time was the AR LST which looked like a bipole speaker of today on steroids. AR introduced a speaker similar to the one you describe called the AR 9 that was quite revolutionary for its day. It was designed by Ken Kantor right after his MIT days when AR was still in the Boston area. This was just before the founding of NHT.
Then AR re-introduced an updated version of the AR Turntable called the ES-1 in the mid-80s with a much improved arm (or the ability to add the arm of your choice like the very popular Rega RB300). These were well-received by those (like me) who couldn't afford a Linn. I still have mine, although it doesn't get much use these days.
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