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Shahinian Arc
13 Reviews
rating  4.92 of 5
MSRP  1950.00
Description: Audiophile loudspeaker


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by petertagmac a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2012

Bottom Line:   
First heard the Arcs at a Hi Fi show in the early 90`s & was hooked - two years later purchased ex-dem pair for £800. Satisfaction for many years powered by an MF F15 (100W/ch) until I added a pair of MF 550K superchargers and Townshend Isolda DCT cables from the superchargers to the Arcs - WOW the arcs were lifted into a whole new level, the dynamics become staggering without ripping your ears off - soundstage becomes truely 3D, especially with orchestral music and when used with the home cinema system (sit nicely in front of the projector screen due to their limited height!) they are simply stunning. Thank you Richard Shahinian for such a design.
However I confess to some tweaking - namely fitted the latest version of the passive radiator and welded my own spiked cradle to sit under the speaker cabinet, thereby raising the plastic feet 10mm off the floor, but the cradle is totally out of sight and the cabinet is rigid (tightens the bass - no need for a sub even when watching movies)!
Highly recommended but the Arcs true ability only becomes a reality with bucket loads of good quality power.
The Musical Fidelity F15 recently underwent "Fine Tuning" by MF to which the Arcs responded with an even better musical insight.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by IgyK a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Wounderful speaker, great in al areas,specialy dynamics,very unfussy about placment. You can hear the musicians playing in your living room. You don't need a strong amp to drive them,so this is for me an absolute best buy on second hand market.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   privat seller



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Exceptiponally involving speaker with a beautiful soundstage. The imaging quality is first rate. This speakers hines with all types of music. Unlike most speakers, Shahinian speakers do not need special placement, pucks, or any other audio doodads to sound great. The arcs presetn a well rounded sound. They are not the absolute definition of bass, a tasteful subwoofer rounds out the bottom nicely.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $1650.00

Purchased At:   hifi speciality deal



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fred Arnold a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I was a little nervous buying omnidirectional speakers when not many people had heard of them let alone used them. My local hi fi store (which does not now stock them for I know not what reason) were excellent in allowing me to see how they worked at home. I liked to be a little different from friends, always wanting to do something with my hi fi that was unusual, so the Arcs were a bit of a gamble. But what a gamble - they are assured, have a fantastic bass and give the overall impression of being in the concert hall with the performers. ave recently taken a quantum leap by buying a Mark Levinson CD player and the speakers just keep on getting better.

Anybody care to advise whether I would hear a major difference if I upgraded to the more expensive Shahinian speakers??

If not, I'll stick - the Arcs are more than a match for more expensive conventional speakers

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Specialist hi fi sho



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

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2002

Bottom Line:   
When I first heard the Arcs I just sat there and they made me wonder. What is it? How, or should I say: why do they work? No spikes, no bi-wiring, fuses in the signal-path and a cabinet of funny proportions. I thought: Someone really made up his mind about speakers. Do 99% of all speakermanufacturers go the wrong way?
Introduced in the early 80´s and carefully improved over the years they may not compete with the looks of todays design and lifestyle speakers. But that cannot be a weakness in my opinion, for they just sound better than any speaker I heard before.
You don´t need any of that high-end-vocabulary to describe the Arcs. I got the feeling that music just has to sound like that.They are always a little "charming", that´s for sure. But that could only disturb some pedantic listeners. I would call it "long time listening satisfaction".

I use a powerful and stable Tube-Amp (Pear Audio, a brand of the german distributor of Shahinian, www.pearaudioeurope.si) with the Arcs. Than the miraculous soul of any kind of music associates with all the qualities you achieve with good solid state amps.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001




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