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RE: Allison

I remember Allison Acoustics speakers' introduction and the good reviews they received at the time. I am, truly, an old dude!

He was at AR, as another poster mentioned, and struck out on his own.

In the beginning, there were four models. Models One and Two were both equilateral triangles with the hypotenuse on the wall and matching sets of drivers in the other two faces. The model one had bigger bass drivers (10-12") and the Model Two had 8 inchers, I think. Both were three-ways with mid-range and tweeter domes.

As was mentioned, the Model Three had one set of drivers and was set in the room corners. There was another "bookshelf" model that was intended to be placed with its back up against the wall. The woofer was on the top to couple with the wall.

If I recall correctly, all of Allison's speakers were developed after research Allison did while at AR on the interactions of loudspeakers and rooms. This work resulted with the AR 10 pi which had switchable settings to account for differing room placements. They also introduced the AR 11, which was the same speaker minus the switchable settings.

I can't remember whether I auditioned them at the time, but I suspect they had refined "New England" or "Boston" sound as it was called at the time--smooth, flat frequency response, deep acoustic suspension bass and inefficient, as compared to "West Coast" sound represented by JBL--big boomy bass, ported, more efficient, etc. "All boom and tizz" as the Brits would say.

Fun to recollect this bit of personal audio reflection.


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