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Acoustic Research 216PS
19 Reviews
rating  4.63 of 5
MSRP  299.00
Description: Loudspeaker


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sulloj a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2003

Bottom Line:   
AR216 speakers are wonderful. Acoustic suspension design which is much different than AR215S (I own a pair of them too)
I have my 216's hooked up to a classic Onkyo receiver and can't beat the sound!
I prefer to high end HK with Celestion speakers for music only system. If you can find a pair grab em! Classic AR's

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   EBAY



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by LSeries-LS a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Actually, I own AR215PS, however, I find there are not much different between 2 modle. 1st, I have to say for $50 a pair, it is a very good speaker. The sound is great. But there are some problem with the soundstage, I think it is the placement problem ~ I use it as computer speaker. It is better than my Sony SAV-815ED

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   ubid



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rod a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2002

Bottom Line:   
For the Price these are great speakers, I Love the Clear even sound that they produce. Sound much better than the Jbl's that I replace and the bose I auditioned. To bad they don't make these any more because I find the horn loaded design give much better imaging that the new PS226 or S10 with silk domes. You can't beat a well designed horn. The Ratings are for the original list price of 299 a pair and would go even higher since I only paid 40 bucks for them.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick Burns a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I can't believe how good these speakers sound, especially (and most appropriately) in a small room. While we're having our living room floors re-done, my wife and I moved all of our components (Denon AVR-4800, cheap CD player, turntable, VCR & TV) to another room; disconnected our Paradigm Monitor 9s, CC-370 ctr, PW-2200 sub, and ADP 370-dipoars; plugged in these little apeakers temporarily to the Denon and were amazed at how listening to music can be both a pleasure and very inexpensive. These ACR 216s can easily fill a small room, and though the bass is not going to rattle any windows, the power and accuracy of these were very impressive.

If you're looking for budget speakers for a small room, you just can't go wrong with these! I suspect they'd also serve very well as surrounds once you decided to upgrade to larger floor-standing front speakers, but for my money, I'm simply using them for 2-channel stereo and am enjoying listening to all kinds of music (primarily classical) before we re-connect the Paradigms. On the other hand, I'll probably use these in a second-room set-up when the Denon POA 5200 companion amp (to the AVR-4800) arrives. I just didn't expect much sound could come from such budget speakers!

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   Sears



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by J. Parson a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2001

Bottom Line:   
It's been some time that I've owed a small 2 way bookshelve speaker,my last pair of AR's of some 15yrs where an enormous, great sounding floor standing pair that had deep bass capabilities. I quess gone are those days. Nether the less I was very impressed with these little 216's. Their ability to sound uboxy and much larger than their size,tight bass ,( I actually could pick out better details in the upper bass on up, than in my last AR's). As I grow older I think my desire for larger more bass output speakers is tapering,but for those of you that are bass heads a good subwoofer could be added to compliment the 216's lack in that area. Depending on placement in your room I think in spite of it's price I think AR has another innovated product,deserving a serious listen.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   JandR Music World




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