Integrator Seeks Good Home for Souped-Up AR3s: Free with Heart-Tugging Essay

Minnesota integrator Dallas Dingle of Supercalibrations wants to give away a pair of Acoustic Research AR3 three-way speakers with upgraded parts to a loving home and a discriminating listener.

Integrator Seeks Good Home for Souped-Up AR3s: Free with Heart-Tugging Essay
These classic AR3 loudspeakers have been upgraded and sound great. Owner Dallas Dingle wants them to go to a good home.

Julie Jacobson · August 10, 2016

Audiophile integrator Dallas Dingle of Supercalibrations in the Twin Cities of Minnesota has a pair of 50-year-old Acoustic Research AR3 loudspeakers that he wants to give away to a loving home.

He inherited the iconic speakers a few years ago and wants to spread the love to a discriminating listener. They'd be pretty onerous to ship, but if you live anywhere near the Twin Cities and you write a really compelling story on why you want these gems, Dingle will let you take them home.

He writes on Facebook:

My brother in law Tom passed away several years ago. He had purchased a brand new set of AR (Acoustic Research) 3s while in serving in the army as a physician during the Vietnam war. So they are around 50 years old! Many people felt these 3 way loudspeakers were state of the art in those days.

At some point they needed repair so when I saw an article on how to update your ARs and suggested the upgrade to Tom, he agreed. 

My friend Dave Olson completed the updates which included a new crossover,mid-range driver and tweeter. The woofer is original. They sound really nice! The cabinets are in good condition with a few scratches.

I am now looking for a new home for them, so the contest will be to convince me why you should own these classics? Perhaps show me the room where they would be installed? Or what other equipment would be used with them. Or what would be the first song you would play on them? 

The contest will run until September 1st at which point I will pick a winner.The winner should plan on picking them up here in White Bear Lake as they are pretty heavy for shipping. Enter the contest by sending an email to info@supercalibrations.com

P.S. The updates make the speaker sound better than original (IMHO),but takes away from the value of the speakers as collectible. As mentioned looking for someone who will appreciate the sound quality combined with the cool old school looks and actually spend time listening to them!



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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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