AR-2ax speakers

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by mncarguy, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. mncarguy

    mncarguy New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    pasadena,ca
    I have a really nice looking pair of AR-2ax speakers. However, since getting a new pair of Infinity Quantum Jr's I noticed lately the AR's sound really flat. I mean, no highs really whatsoever.
    Is there a good place in the Los Angeles area to take these for a look over? I'm near Pasadena if that's any help.
     
  2. mncarguy

    mncarguy New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    pasadena,ca
    Actually, I also have an Akai and a Marantz tape deck that need tuned up also. Any advice on where to take them would be much appreciated.
     
  3. Mike from NYC

    Mike from NYC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Surprise, AZ
    I had AR2ax's back in the day and didn't find them too 'flat' sounding when properly placed, however, compared to many more modern speakers they can sound flat.
     
  4. joelongwood

    joelongwood Forum Resident

    Location:
    Wading River, NY
    A common problem with vintage AR speakers is that the tweeter and midrange pots on the back can become dirty and corroded and no longer work. With music playing at low volume, rotate them back and forth. Put your ear to the mid and tweeter as you do this, and hopefully you'll hear something. But, as Mike from NYC said, it could also be that "compared to many more modern speakers they can sound flat." Hope this helps.
     
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  5. der

    der Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Central Ohio
    +1 on the level controls. They can be cleaned but personal experience has taught me that replacing with new L pads is the way to go. AR expert help at Acoustic Research
     
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  6. der

    der Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Central Ohio
    I have found over the 50 years that I've owned them that my AR3a speakers sound best to me with the mid-range level controls flat in the middle and the tweeters all the way up and a bit of treble boost from the amplifier treble control.
     
  7. Salectric

    Salectric Forum Resident

    Location:
    Maryland
    Is there any particular reason you have the 2AX speakers? I am just curious. I bought a single 2AX back in 1967 directly from the factory in unfinished pine. It was my first speaker and as a high schooler I could only afford one. I figured I would save my money until I could buy a second. But by then the Dyna A25 had come out and I bought a pair of them instead. For my money the Dynas sounded much better than the ARs, but I do understand that tastes can differ.

    So what’s your story on the 2AX?
     
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  8. mncarguy

    mncarguy New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    pasadena,ca
    I found them for sale and they looked absolutely mint. I loved how they looked and brought them home.
    They sounded great to me until I compared them with another vintage set of Infinity's.
     
  9. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    First of all, have the AR's been recapped? 50-60 year old capacitors are almost certainly no longer in spec.
     
  10. Abbagold

    Abbagold Working class hero

    Location:
    World
    I’ve owned a pair and they were ok. They’re not audiophile by any means, but not a bad speaker. IMO, Dynacos have an edge over the AR2ax.
     
  11. mncarguy

    mncarguy New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    pasadena,ca
    I just took a look and I don't think they have. The capacitors have no writing on them and they look old and pale yellow. The woofers have been refoamed though. I can see that.
     
  12. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    Well, there ya go.
     
  13. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

    Location:
    US
    this ^
     
  14. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

    Location:
    US

    The AR2ax are super mellow, gentle highs with big bottom end. They’re like a cream puff. I like mine. They don’t miss anything. They just do it gently.
     
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