Does Acoustalinear ACR 152 mean anything to anyone??

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by Ed Champion, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Champco

    Champco Well-Known Member

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    I have this old AMP I dug out of the garage. Planning on firing her up and giving it a good cleaning. A friend gave it to me for labor a number of years ago and i just wired it up to a couple speakers in the garage.for tunes while working in there. It worked fine. It has 4 speakers select position calling it 4D. What I am not sure of is it a Quadraphonic Amplifier. I will be testing it and opening it up for pictures for anyone interested. It is a MADE IN USA product sold by a company in Minneapolis called Sound of Music. They also sold Speakers. Pretty much this is all I know. I believe the power is around 100W. it has the heft of a big power supply.
     
  2. Champco

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    Well I found a statement on the back. "Manufactured exclusively for AGS in Japan" So there goes the American made statment. Well i can hope right??
    Says it is 200W Power consumption. Audio Reflex By AGS ... another statement on back.
     
  3. 62vauxhall

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    I thought Audio Reflex was a brand sold in Canada. When current, I saw it sold in a few local stereo shops around 1980 not exactly known for selling prestige brands. Lately and from time to time an EQ or turntable shows up on CL or in a thrift store. One Audio Reflex turntable I saw recently was quite reminiscent of the Pioneer PL-12D I had, bought when new.

    AGS sounds about right as a source of supply. Did not think they were a manufacturer though, thought they were an importer.
     
  4. Champco

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    Since posting I have been reading as much on AGS as I can. You are correct it was imported to Canada and Australia for AGS who is in Europe, maybe Germany in the 1970's. Seems they were called a ARS-150. One remark I read called this a Yamarantz. Another called it a Cheap Marantz clone built by Yamaha. Not the gem I thought I had dug up. As it is I will proceed to verify the workings of said clone and maybe open her up for pictures if there is any interest.
    If it works well it will clean up nice and someone may want to add it to their collection. It do have some power. It is a 1970's vintage Yamaha (assuming) built which is hand built using analog components. It does have meters on it and toggle switches, not push buttons putting it squarely in that desired silver faced collectible era. And it is RARE especially in these here united states.
    Opinions appreciated. Give it to me straight. I can take it.
     
  5. 62vauxhall

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    Go for it. A marketer that targets the low end of the price spectrum does not necessarily mean all their stuff will be crap. Some things I've rehabilitated, no one would look at twice but they were well made, looked nice and sounded good. I've even read posts somewhere about a decent Lloyds receiver. Not that I would consider buying a tuner, but I saw one once in a thrift store branded Lloyds that must have weighed 25 pounds.

    A tuner that I did buy several years ago thinking to pair it with an early Heathkit integrated, was branded Noresco - another Canadian importer. Turned out it was made by Rotel. Don't laugh but I accumulated and restored several 8 track recorders. One was labeled Quadraflex which I learned was a "house brand" of Pacific Stereo in the US. There never were any of those stores in Canada so therefore no Quadraflex but it's as good or better internally than a lot of examples of the so called "major brands" I've been inside.

    Despite that little known "lesser brands" would not appeal to many if any these days let alone entice someone to pay much if anything for one in good working order, those are what I like tinkering with. Excluding time spent with the refurbishment, often just the cost of replacement parts will exceed a realistic (no pun intended) selling price. I have masochistic tendancies I suppose but within limits, I enjoy having the obscure and overlooked.
     
  6. 1tumbleweed

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    You may know Minneapolis' Sound of Music by another name - that's the chain that became Best Buy.

    Cheers,
    Larry B.
     
  7. Champco

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    That's funny. This is a relic. I thought Best Buy came out of the electronics company called "Best" Thats where I bought me Phase Linear 200 amp and Preamp back in the 70's in Phoenix. They also sold Jewelry and other stuff. They closed and poof there was Best Buy. It all makes sense though. There are a few of these Acoustalinear amps in the twin cities.
     
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  9. 1tumbleweed

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    "Best" was Best Products, based in Virginia, and had no connection with Best Buy. They were a type of chain known as "catalog stores", like Service Merchandise, popular in the '80s but crashed and burned in the '90s with the advent of the big box stores. Best, Service and similar weren't really electronics stores, more like general merchandise stores with limited display space.

    Cheers,
    Larry B.
     
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