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AR1W+JansZen ad

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Posted on February 25, 2024 at 21:52:30
michael22
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I used to own an AR1 ..., posted on February 26, 2024 at 03:48:52
cawson@onetel.com
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And there is no way its sound could be confused with a live pipe organ performance!

OK, they were using 4 of them plus 2 Janszen speakers, but, good as the first speaker offering from Audio Research may have been, it really wasn't able to mimic a proper organ.

Thanks for the article though.

 

or the (slightly) later, bargain basement variant from Radio Shack! , posted on February 26, 2024 at 08:52:08
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The early R/S add-on electrostatic tweeters might have been JansZen OEM, but later they were Japanese-made.





For reasons that I cannot quite fathom, there are a couple of pairs of the R/S electrostatic tweeters 'round here. ;)

PS I scanned the image above from my own copy of the 1961 R/S catalog, but in case you don't have yours any more ;) and/or if you'd care to see it in situ, so to speak, you can find the whole danged catalog at the link below :) See pg. 42 for the tweeter and pg. 49 for the combination. :)



all the best,
mrh

 

I used to have 2 of the Janzen's, posted on February 26, 2024 at 10:21:09
Story
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and I built 2 cabinets for the Dynaudio woofers, I think they were 21w54's and used them for a while as I was fixing my Quad 57's. This was when you could buy Dynaudio drivers.

I was totally in love with my Quads though, so it was just an experiment but the Janzen's sounded pretty good. There's something so seductive about a good Electrostat.



 

RE: or the (slightly) later, bargain basement variant from Radio Shack! , posted on February 26, 2024 at 13:13:10
mlsstl
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That was pretty dang expensive for 1961, especially so from Radio Shack.

 

Those tweeters are pretty cheap!, posted on February 26, 2024 at 13:30:44
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It's nice to see the vintage equipment pictured in its era instead of on eBay.

 

What did you do with AR-1?, posted on February 26, 2024 at 14:05:18
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The bottom of my AR-1 cabinet was destroyed by water, so I removed the two drivers and sold the mid/tweeter unit for $911 to a guy from Hong Kong.

I still have the heavy woofer and have not tried to sell it yet. I also have the AR-1W speaker that came with the AR-1, and it is in perfect condition. I listened to the 1W and only thought it was adequate. The woofer in my current Hitachi HS-500 speaker is much better. I should try the 1W again, as it has been several years since last hearing it.

 

RE: AR1W+JansZen ad , posted on February 26, 2024 at 15:15:27
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In the day, one could buy the white panels used in those and the identical blue ones used in RTR speakers for about 5 bucks each.
I bought a small pile once and made a number speakers with them, the biggest had a 3x5 array of the panels.

Janzen and RTR used a proprietary transformer and power supply, i used a 20W tube output transformers backwards and home made dc supply.

 

I really like those vintage ads, especially this one from Walco . . .! , posted on February 26, 2024 at 21:32:10
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RE: What did you do with AR-1?, posted on February 27, 2024 at 02:52:28
cawson@onetel.com
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This wretched forum has deleted all my text because it includes a GDP symbol! I'll have to start again, but an abbreviated post this time

I bought my single AR-1 at a London furniture auction - about GDP5 and used it in my studio mainly for radio listening. Have no idea how much I sold it for but unlikely more than I paid for it.

Some years later I placed an ad in the "Wanted Under GDP20" section of the local paper and was offered a pair of Westrex 2326A studio speakers. Sadly one of the huge tweeter's voice coil needed replacing but the Westrex works was local so I got this done for GDB25. Probably sold them for GDP100 max some years later as I has no idea of their present-day value. Photo is not my pair but shows constructiom





 

And another variant, posted on February 27, 2024 at 05:37:40
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using dynamic drivers intended as super tweeters for many New England designs like AR, KLH, Advent, etc. Ran a pair with Advents when I was 16.


 

The tweeter lives on today, posted on February 27, 2024 at 05:46:40
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in a more refined version in the Sound Lab home theater series.

Dr. West began his speaker career with Electronic Industries which owned Janszen at the time. That was a springboard for his later full range designs with Dale Ream.

 

Thanks. I bet most of us have experienced that loss of long text at, posted on February 27, 2024 at 09:46:35
alaskahiatt
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one time. Makes me real mad when it happens, and my wife says you should have copied it several times while you were typing it. Arrrgh! Like I needed that.

 

Me, too., posted on February 27, 2024 at 13:17:46
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Used them with a pair of KEF B139s in big TL cabs.

 

yup! (nt), posted on February 27, 2024 at 13:27:42
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enn tee

all the best,
mrh

 

Same here..., posted on March 1, 2024 at 17:07:08
Jim Treanor
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in 1967, except that I mounted them atop a six-cubic-foot closed box containing a single Bozak B-199A woofer. Never should have gotten rid of that rig.

Jim

 

i once entertained the idea of having them., posted on March 11, 2024 at 15:47:26
hifitommy
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i never did but i thought is was a great idea. well, too late now. however, I would love to try the add on supertweeters (three different price and configurations).
...regards...tr

 

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