Acoustic Research AR3a "Japan Re-Issue" - RARE MODEL!!! - SOLD

Sale price Price $1,799.00 Regular price $1,999.00 Unit price  per 

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Ranked Number 1 on the list of “Top 10 Most Influential Speakers of All Time,” the Acoustic Research AR3a is not only significant because of its revolutionary and relatively compact acoustic suspension design, but because it still delivers extraordinary sound even after 60+ years since its introduction.

The AR3a set the bar for acoustic suspension speakers for decades.  The high power handling of the tightly sprung 11.5” paper pulp cone woofer produces low, powerful bass down to 30Hz.  The marquee Acoustic Research soft dome midrange with fiberglass diffuser, and hard paper cone dome tweeter combined for a very sweet, laid-back high end that can be listened to all day long.

This is a very special pair of speakers which were built at the AR factory as a prototype to the "Japan Market Re-Issue" in the late 1980s.  The speakers feature original linen grilles, woodgrain vinyl veneer, and PCB-mounted crossovers with modern L-pad controls (vs the first generation hand-wound crossovers and ceramic potentiometers).  We have provided new woofer foam and the original tweeters have each been serviced by an AR specialist to last for many more years.

These are a nearly mint example and an interesting piece of AR history.  

Demos are available at our Lawrence, MA showroom. 


$1,799 (plus applicable sales tax)