Teledyne bought AR from Edgar Vilchur, inventer of the acoustic suspension speaker, in the late 70's and introduced the AR9 vertical series. They introduced the 9LS in about '82 for the same price as the original 9 was introduced. Although it received the Grand Prix Award like its predecessor, many believe it marked the beginning of AR's decline which continued into the 90's. Audiovox owns AR now, I believe. AR did come out with an updated turntable in the 80's which I think was fairly well received. But the great AR apparently succumbed slowly from corporate mentality.
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