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They had a similar listening room in Cambridge, MA in the 70's that I spent a fair amount of hours in. And of course their speakers were in pretty much in all the many audio stores in and around Boston. Couldn't afford them back then so it's nice to finally own some now. There are still many models which I would love to own. AR9, 11, LST. Don't know if I ever will but gives me something to shoot for.
How would you compare the 3 and the 3a? Is there much difference?
Very close. I prefer the 3 a little more. I can't explain why other then to say it seems to do everything a little better then the 3a. Goes a little deeper, has a bit better mid. The 3 has a different crossover point then the 3a, and both were restored by different individuals. Perhaps it's that. I don't know. My 3a is early and has the same 12" cloth woofer that the 3 has.
Can't go wrong with either, IMO, assuming proper restoration and proper amplification. They are not the easiest speakers to drive.
I dont know which speaker is below. Suppose you turn them around and listen, perhaps 3a might sound better? I am thinking the weight of the speaker on top giving more density to the air spring inside Acoustic Suspension speaker. A wild th0ught!
And a good thought!
Presently have 3a's on bottom. But I've had the 3's on bottom in the past, also had them side by side, and of course have listened individually. 3's remain my favorite in all configurations. Because they're so similar, however, stacking them provides for a bigger, more powerful presentation then listening to them separately. Particularly with the current McIntosh MC2300 that I'm powering them with.
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