Acoustic Research AR2a Vintage Loudspeaker
Edgar Villchur and Henry Kloss founded Acoustic Research in 1954 after validating their industry-changing acoustic suspension cabinet design. The AR1 was followed, logically, by the AR2, and then the AR3 in 1958. The AR2a was an amalgamation of the AR2 and AR3 designs, using the foundational 10" paper pulp cone and AlNiCo magnet woofer, and cross-firing midrange assembly of the AR2, and supplementing that design with the phenolic, suspended-dome tweeter of the AR3. The system has been exemplary of the "classic New England Sound" for nearly 70 years and still sounds amazing today.
This pair of AR2a look and play about as close to new as possible for a speaker built in 1966. Absolutely remarkable sound reproduction. Bass extension is impressive, midrange is clean and realistic, and high frequencies are ever-present, but with a distinct "easiness" that allows these speakers to be enjoyed all day long, at any volume.
Cabinets feature original oiled walnut veneer that have been beautifully refinished, crossover capacitors and potentiometers have been replaced with modern units for uninterrupted listening enjoyment. New grille frames have been covered in acoustically transparent cloth, with the original grille frames and cloth included in the sale.
These are a mid-century gem. Demos are encouraged. Unfortunately, shipping is not an option.
No disappointments here!
$550 (plus applicable sales tax)
*Stands are not included.