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AR (Acoustic Research) 18 monitor speakers
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Hi, A sound engineer friend was round today and he was raving about this pair of AR (Acoustic Research) 18 monitor speakers he heard recently. To put this into context, my mate has heard tons of monitor speakers in his time. He said they were predominantly used in the Studios during the 1970s and early 1980s and a lot of the classic Island stuff was recorded and mixed using them in the desk booth. They apparently have a warm, rich timbre. Does anyone own a pair or have anything to share from experiencing them? Cheers, SonicD

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Great speakers, still cut the mustard today, good with vinyl but would tame bright sounding CD's, not a bad thing, had a pair many moons ago and wished i kept hold of them, seem to have a bit of a cult following nowadays, like the gale 301's and 401's. Check out JPW 1 2 and 3's as well great speakers.

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I chucked mine on the tip last weekend...

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could you not have donated them to someone, bit of a waste really and not very green.

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Excellent little speakers in their day. I used a pair from about 1982 - 1984 with a NAD 3020 and - for a while - the 'new' RB300 equipped Rega Planar 3 (Nagaoka MP11 Boron cartridge) and an Akai 4000D open-reel tape recorder and Sony tuner (I forget which).

It was a really fun set-up. I doubt the AR18s (even a mint pair) would compare very well to good, modern small bookshelf speakers.

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gregory: could you not have donated them to someone, bit of a waste really and not very green.



Not with the way the rubber surrounds had shredded and the consequent f-rting noises they made, no...

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Comedy speakers, could be a new trend Big Smile

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JohnDuncan: Not with the way the rubber surrounds had shredded and the consequent f-rting noises they made, no...

You could have used them for this film.

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Re: AR (Acoustic Research) 18 monitor speakers
JohnDuncan: I chucked mine on the tip last weekend...



John, you should not have committed that deed, said friend knows a company that could have refurbished them for comparatively minimal cost.....

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