Acoustic Research AR-3A Speakers

4 Aug

Acoustic Research AR-3A Speaker

Acoustic Research AR-3A, full-range speaker system in enclosure.

Dimensions: 25 by 14 by 11 3/8 inches. Price: $295. Manufacturer: Acoustic Research, Inc., 10 American Drive, Norwood, Mass. 02062

By way of background, the AR-3(and before it, the AR-1) has been regarded as the granddaddy of acoustic or air suspension speaker systems, based on a woofer design that was introduced back in 1954.  You have to drive the AR-3A with some what more amplifier power than most speakers take to get it to put out the "big sound," especially in a large or acoustically damped room.

How does an AR-3A compare to an AR-3? The difference may vary from fairly apparent to quite subtle, depending on the program material. Music which is rich in predominantly upper midrange tones and fairly open in texture probably would demonstrate the difference best. The new speaker seems to be free of a certain kind of "calling attention to itself" in this region that the AR-3, by direct comparison, occasionally exhibits. Specifically, the AR-3 has been criticized for emphasizing the lower midrange while, by comparison, depressing the upper midrange. In the AR-3A, we can detect no aural grounds for such criticism.

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Acoustic Research AR-3A

Acoustic Research AR-3A

Acoustic Research AR-3A

Acoustic Research AR-3A

Pair of Acoustic Research AR 3A speakers with stands
Pair of Acoustic Research AR 3A speakers with stands $500.00 (2 Bids)
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Acoustic Research AR 3a Vintage Acoustic Suspension Loudspeaker System pair
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6 Responses to “Acoustic Research AR-3A Speakers”

  1. Ron October 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    Love the design of this!

  2. Brian October 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    I have one of these :)

  3. Fiona October 23, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Just wanted to say I love the site. Thanks!

  4. Grant December 5, 2010 at 2:35 am #

    My cousin recommended this site & I’m glad he did!

  5. nguyen son tung April 22, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    I want to buy this pair of speakers is not whether to sell please mail me,

  6. Greg Oen September 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    This site sure brings back memories. I had a pair of AR3a’s “back in the day”.

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