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In Reply to: RE: What cartridge to complete system; AR-XA, AR Integrated, AR3's posted by GRH on May 17, 2017 at 18:00:56
Good luck using that AR integrated.
When your ears are finished bleeding try a Mac, Marantz, Dynaco, or something else from that era. I really don't want to rain on your parade, and the rest of the system that you describe sounds like it can be a winner, but that AR amp ........puleeze!
I had one when it was first introduced. It could even make my KLH 6's sound like shit.
And that ain't easy.
My intent is to see what the combo sounds like for curiosity due to its place in audio history. I have both tube and solid state McIntosh as well as other high end equipment. I did refurb the Amp with better diodes, upsized power supply filter caps and polypro coupling caps but I don't expect it to match my other stuff. Likewise the AR3's are unlikely to match my Yamaha NS-1000's or Thiels. The XA is no match for my TD-124 or TD-125. I do expect the system to sound better than decent and am doing it for the fun of it. No parade to be rained on.
GRH, had a bud whose dad passed away Christmas '66. With insurance money, he got an AR amp, AR-3 speakers (because that's what Miles used), & AR turntable with Stanton cartridge (that's what salesman recommended). Beatles-n-Hendrix sounded as other-worldly as Coltrane! In early 70s, though, he traded system for a Sherwood solid-state receiver, Rectilinear speakers, & Dual turntable. Sounded better to his ears for that jazz-rock he started exploring & playing. 73s para Sactown
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