Acoustic Research AR1 Floorstanding Speakers

4.24/5 (63 Reviews) MSRP : $2800.00


Product Description

3 metal driver D'Apolito array w/15 inch sealed sub w/500 watt Sunfire amp


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

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2004

Bottom Line:   
These are great speakers for the money, assuming you didn't pay retail. I own a pair of 315HO's and my dad own's a pair of AR1's. Both pairs of speakers offer very similar sound and tone quality. I'm pretty sure they changed the type of glue that they were using on the sub surrounds.

It takes a good bit of clean power to get the most out of them, but you also have to be careful not to overdrive the subs.

I've used them twice at two dance parties. The dance room was about 30' X 60'. They filled the rooms completely. They made the toilet seats rattle all the way in the rear of the building, (about 75'away). We had people stopping in thinking a new club had opened up.

I use Bose as my surround speakers. They match up pretty good. AR suggests the AR2C for the center and an AR2C for each surrounds.

The only other speaker that I've heard that comes close to these were a pair of Klipsch of a similar design. I do not remember the model of the Klipsch, but they retailed for $3200.

Accessories4less is a GREAT sompany to deal with! Not only did they sell me great speakers, but have readily and quickly answered any questions that I had. They even went back through their files to find my receipt and send me a copy for warranty purposes, (1.5 years after the sale). I would most definately buy from them again.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   accessories4less



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brett DiMichele a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Hey Tim D. (AudioPhile) Parts Express has
the Midrange drivers from your DaffyTack
speakers on clearance for $5.00 each..

Okay now that I am done flaming lets get
serious. I don't own the AR1 I own the
smaller unpowered brother (AR9) and I can
review the Midrange and High Frequency
aspects of the AR1 since the drivers are
100% Identical.

I have lived with my AR9's for well over
two years now and I have all the while
upgraded my electronics but haven't even
considered replacing the speakers. Too
many negative reviews here show just how
little the person knows about audio.

One reviewer states that 'they fell flat
on thier face in my room' well hello
genius if your room is that acousticaly
BAD why don't you deal with your lousy
room before calling the speaker junk. The
truth is that your room bites the big one
and you must be too lazy to understand the
room interactions at hand.

The whole Hi-Res Series is well built from
3/4" MDF that has heavy internal bracing.
The cabinent work is very well done, sure
the finish would be nice if it was real
veneers but that hardly has an effect on
the audio.

The Crossovers are typical of any mass
market speaker (including Def Tech and
numerous other companies) they contain
ceramic cement resistors, Bennic Caps and
small guage inductors. The Crossovers can
benefit from much better componentry like
1% Mills Resistors, Foil/Film Inductors
and much better Film/Foil Capacitors.

The raw midrange drivers are HiVi Research
and are phenominal in thier midrange to my
ears.. Sure we all have our preferences
some like super laid back, some like very
forward. I consider my 9's to be neutral
bordering on laid back. The Trebbel is not
harsh, does not create listener fatigue.

The Midrange is clear and very dynamic and
presents Winded and Strung instruments
with the utmost presence. Male and Female
Vocals are vivid and completely believeable.

I wouldn't call my room perfect but I have
spent lots of time setting up the AR9's
and dealing with 1st and 2nd reflections
and to my ears imaging is fantastic.. With
the D'Appolito arangement you get a very
pinpoint precise sound stage but at the
same time the foam wave guide helps off
axis response so that you still get that
wide sound stage.. In other words it is
not pinpoint by sacrificing width of the
stereo image. Depth is also very good!

Are these the best speakers in the world?
No.. Is there such a thing? (no...) Are
they a phenominal speaker for thier MSRP
or lower? (yes) Do they compete with many
other offerings in the price range or even
higher? (Yes) Will everyone love them?
Obviously not.. But it is my beleif that
this is your loss not mine.

Final comments... Set up your room.. And
then set up your speakers RIGHT... Use
good components and take care of them like
you would any other expensive purchase and
they will treat you right for many, many
years to come.

My Equipment:

Parasound Halo P3 Preamp
Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-20 DT Tube Mono
Block 20 Watt Push/Pull Amps (Midrange and
Tweeters)
Bob Carver Sunfire 500 Watt Sub Amp (from
and ARS-500 Sub...)
Technics SL-BD22D Turntable with an Audio
Technica AT-331LP Moving Magnet Cartridge
Delphi Sky-Fi XM Tuner
Panny CV-51 5 Disk DVD/CD Changer

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Online



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Don Young a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2003

Bottom Line:   
As with any speakers you must have good signal and power in order to realize the potential of your speakers. With the AR1's, room placement is critical and tricky. I have found them to work well in a larger enviroment. If your serious about your music, you won't mind the time and effort required to tune them to your room.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   acousticsounddesign.



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Ritchie a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have had these speakers for over 2 years. I have never had any problems with them. I listened to many speakers, including $5000 + but went with the AR 1s because they sound great deliver ample base and don't take up much room.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Hawthorn Appliances



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William McMillan a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Hey Peter Wack. Apparently, you don't even own a pair of these. How can you give them a bad review. You must be some jealous pud who dislikes AR. I have a pair of 315HO's (the predessesor to the AR1). I love em and wouldn't trade them for anything. They rock!!!!!! Maybe my review will even out your pathetic attempt to defame AR.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   accessoriesforless.c




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