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In Reply to: RE: AR-3, good and bad posted by M3 lover on May 29, 2017 at 09:47:13
The Stereo 70 and AR3s was an almost standard combo back in the 60s. But you're correct that it was too little power. The speaker really needed hundreds of solid state watts with a high damping factor. In a way it was a speaker ahead of its time.
For what it's worth when AR did its famous AR3 versus live comparisons the amps used were Dynaco MK3s, a better choice but still probably too small.
Thanks for that about the Mk IIIs. It was what I suspected but never knew.
I wanted the AR-3s but my student budget only allowed the AR-4s.
"The piano ain't got no wrong notes." Thelonious Monk
I used a Stereo 70 with one AR 2a-x and it simply wasnt enough.
I had the same combo in the 60s and it seemed OK to me then. I suspect my perspective has changed a lot since then and I'd be surprised if it still satisfied me even a little. The AR 2ax speakers are quite inefficient and calling a Stereo 70 a 35 watter is really generous, perhaps 20 watts is closer to reality.
But I'll repeat. In the 60s a Stereo 70 and AR2/AR3 speakers were a very, very popular combo.
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