Dating acoustic research ar3 speakers
Besides the newly invented dome tweeter, Villchur´s loudspeaker also received the AR-1s woofer from 1954, which had been another speaker technology landmark, as it was the first ever commercial acoustic suspension speaker.
The result was a speaker that produced music more accurately than any other speaker at its time and is until today one of the highest performing speakers available when measuring accuracy.
he AR-3 entered the market in 1958, 4 years after the first ever acoustic suspension loudspeaker, the AR-1 was introduced.
Acoustic Research had by then tested a new tweeter design, developed by Villchur, called the hemispherical dome direct radiator tweeter, which was used in the new AR-3 models.
The AR-1 had set a new benchmark for loudspeaker technology, but the AR-3 was so outstandingly accurate that experts had trouble identifying whether a recording or a live concert was playing in front of them.
Let´s note here, that this is not the AR-3a speaker from 1967, but its prior version from 1958.
Dimensions: 43.7" (1093mm) H by 10.6" (265mm) W by 22.13" (553.1mm) D. Serial numbers of units reviewed: A0001053, B0001004 (for P315HO; no serial numbers for AR-1). Manufacturer: Acoustic Research, Recoton Home Audio Group, Benicia, CA (1999). No loudspeaker by Acoustic Research has been more influential than the original Acoustic Research AR-3 acoustic suspension speaker.