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Acoustic Research XB1 Reviews

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Acoustic Research XB1

Acoustic Research XB1

9/10 by npcarey

This is a great turntable. I bought mine in 1975 when I was in the Navy in suburban Maryland. I'm listening to it regularly (yesterday the new Giles Martin produced Esher tapes of the Beatles White Album, which I have to say sounded awesome!) and I still love it as much as I ever did. The sound production is excellent, clean as I ever remember it.

The Shure M91ED is still in great shape, with a new stylus recently. The only other things I've done besides cleaning and oiling, were to replace the original platter mat with a new cork one and a new drive belt and headshell.

The headshell threads on the original were stripped, which I gather is a fairly common problem given they are just thin plastic, which can get chewed up if you aren't really careful, so don't over-tighten it. You can buy them new again, they are plentiful on eBay now, but 5 years ago (2013) I was searching for about 2-3 years before I finally found one!

9/10 by jnjansen

I picked up this model for parts from a dealer who cracked the plastic collar during a tonearm rewire. I read about installing a Technics SL-series arm wand as an upgrade on this site and gave it a try. After an initial test proved that the mod worked, I cleaned and relubed the table, refreshed the foam dampers, polished the platter, and installed a half-inch birch plywood bottom plate so I could mount some rubber feet. Wow! That's all I can say. This deck goes head to head and maybe even beyond the new Planar 3 I had just picked up the week earlier. However, because of bouncy floors, I had to install a Shure SC35c to keep it from skipping. So it sounds great but not as good as with some of my more refined cartridges.

9/10 by Richard Coxon

A superb turntable with excellent construction and engineering leading to the production of a clear and stable sound.Bought to replace a TD190-2 which was quite frankly rubbish.

9/10 by Wardie44

Like Alan Aldrich, I bought mine new in 1976, too, but in Australia. I have kept the original tone-arm but, in the 1980s, went to a Stanton 680EE (or is it 681EE?) stylus, which some dislike, because it incorporates a brush. I also replaced the drive belt some time back.

I have just re-organised my TV/HiFi gear and the turntable is now easily accessible and still plays good LPs as if they are CDs. It is - in my opinion - BRILLIANT!

9/10 by Alan Aldrich

I bought my XB1 in 1976, it was brilliant then and still sounds as good as ever today. I purchased a new cartridge yesterday to replace the Shure 95EJ I had in it from new. The new cartridge a Ortofon 2M black means more years of listening pleasure. I do have a minor rumble at high volume levels but overall this turntable is such a treasure. I replaced the belt about 18 months ago and that is all its ever had done to it.

10/10 by Per Almlund

I bought my AR XB in the 70s, it is a very special version modified by the dealer, they replace the tonearm with a SME 3009 II imp. Today the turntable is often used, now beefed up with a Ortofon 2M Bronze. It´s a gem, I love it. Perfect tracking and no rumble, like a tank. With a record in good shape, CD has no change in sound quality.

9/10 by desertdog

I used to sell these in early 1970s. brilliant sound for the money, it would out perform all the other decks we sold. Direct drive units did not even have a look in.


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