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The AN E in the right system and room can be pretty special - an end-game speaker for many. I can understand them displacing a back horn loaded Lowther from an overall performance perspective too - as much as I loved some things about the Medallion PM2A (in the system that hooked me on high-eff/SETs - oh that midrange!), I ultimately went with a more full-range 2-way arrangement as well.
I built a pair of AN-E kits for a friend years back and they spent some time in my system before being picked up. VERY nice speakers and I never went as far as moving my big old Altecs out of the room but remember really liking them. They liked more power than my 2A3, the 300B was especially nice, but a more powerful CJ MV75 was even more like it. I've heard the Almarro A318B & Pass Labs Aleph 3 before in other systems and loved them, and bet they might have been just what the AN-Es needed in my room. Ultimately though, I haven't heard anything (yet?) that would push my old 2A3/45>Altec 604 combination to the curb.
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This is a real old picture (maybe 15yrs ago?) and all that remains are the Altecs.
Oh I think you nailed it right there!Me thinking this is a later "invention" from AN/UK to make their speakers more adaptable to their 2a3 & 300B amplifiers?
( to play more bass and to be more "sensitive"?) ´but I could be wrong?