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Audio Research VT80SE Power Amplifier

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Audio Research VT80SE Power Amplifier

Audio Research Corporation, the company that almost single-handedly created high-end audio electronics, not to mention preserved the vacuum tube as an amplification device, recently revised its basic line. As it has become the foundation for ARC’s more expensive gear, it is appropriately named the Foundation Series and comprises the LS28 linestage (a 2017 Golden Ear Award recipient), DAC9 DAC, PH9 phono preamp, and VT80SE power amplifier. Each of the first three pieces of Foundation Series equipment is priced at $7500; the much larger and heavier VT80SE is $8900.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Audio Research, Sonus Faber, and UHQR

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Fast on the heels of a successful AXPONA show which saw Audio Research introduce the Ref 160 monoblock amplifiers with Wilson Alexia 2 speakers, the team showed up again with the 160s but this time the towering Sonus Faber Aida 2s were on display.  Musical Surroundings brought in its big guns on the analog side loading up a number of gorgeous HRS SXR audio stands with M3X isolation bases.  Here was the equipment on offer:

Clearaudio analog:

  • Clearaudio Innovation turntable with piano white lacquer ($17,250)
  • Clearaudio Olympus turntable stand with piano white lacquer ($15,500)
  • Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement phono cartridge ($16,000)
  • Clearaudio Statement clamp ($1,000)
  • Clearaudio Outer Limit periphery clamp ($1,350)
  • Clearaudio Absolute Phono Inside ($15,000)

Garth Leerer was not done and also had a second table from AMG:

  • AMG Viella V12 Doppio turntable ($29,250) with AMG 12J2 and 12JT tonearms
  • AMG Turbo tonearm cable ($2,250)
  • AMG Reference tonearm cable ($1,500)
  • DS Audio Master1 Optical phono cartridge and EQ ($22,500)
  • Hana ML moving coil cartridge ($1,200)

Electronics were top flight as well:

  • Audio Research Reference 3 phono stage ($14,000)
  • Audio Research Reference 6 line stage ($14,000)
  • Audio Research CD9 CD player and DAC ($13,000)
  • Audio Research Ref 160M mono amplifiers ($30,000/pair)

And of course the Sonus Faber Aida 2 loudspeakers.  … Read the full article

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Audio Research Reference 160M monoblock power amplifier

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

At a recent dealer event in Seattle, after being impressed by the musical rightness of an Audio Research Corp. LS28 preamplifier and VT80SE power amplifier driving a pair of Sonus Faber Guarneri loudspeakers, I spoke with ARC’s Dave Gordon about reviewing one of the company’s new amplifiers. Less than a month later, two ARC Reference 160M tubed monoblock amplifiers ($30,000/pair) were headed my way.

Soon thereafter I received a huge, pallet-bound stack of boxes as tall as my neck: the two monoblocks, plus one ARC preamp—their hefty, one-piece Reference 6 (REF 6) line preamplifier ($14,000), which Michael Fremer reviewed in December 2016.… Read the full article

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Audio Research Reference 160M

By | April 22nd, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Audio Research showed its new Reference 160M Vacuum Tube Monaural power amplifier for the first time at the Axpona audio show in Chicago last week.

Reportedly two years in development, the Ref 160M uses a new audio topology for Audio Research, with fewer and better components in the signal-path than in previous designs, switchable ultralinear/triode operation, proprietary auto-bias, and output tube monitoring and protection. ‘The array of features fitted to the new Ref 160M has never been offered before in any Audio Research amplifier,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes Audio Research in Australia.… Read the full article

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Audio Research LS28 line stage preamplifier

By | January 25th, 2018|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|

Plymouth, MN – Originally launched in the fall of 2016, the Audio Research LS28 line stage preamplifier is inspired by the lauded Reference 6. Flexible and intuitive, the LS28 offers a remarkable level of performance in its price range, and can musically transform the finest audio system.

Dynamics, clarity and a transparent three-dimensional presentation is a given, yet the larger power supply and redesigned circuitry in the LS28 offers much more than its predecessor. Our sensational sound is only one part of the Audio Research legacy which our customers and the world’s most demanding critics agree upon.

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Audio Research's Transparent Ref160M

By | January 13th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Some manufacturers weren’t exhibiting at CES but did have suites elsewhere in the Venetian hotel. One such was Audio Research, who was showing the first amplifier to be designed following the passing of the company’s long-time Senior Design Engineer, Ward Fiebiger, who died of a heart attack last March. The Ref160M monoblock offers around 150W into 8 ohms and will cost in the region of $30,000/pair. If you look closely at the photo, you can see that the illuminated power meter on the front panel is transparent, allowing you to see the glowing tubes behind it.

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Audio Research VT80SE

By | November 22nd, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Audio Research has released its VT80SE. Rated with a power output of 85-watts per channel, almost the only difference between it and the older VT80 is that the new unit has KT-150 valves, bringing the output valve configuration into line with all Audio Research’s other amplifiers, from the VSi75 right up to the REF 750SE.

As with all Audio Research valve amplifiers, the VT80SE has auto-bias circuitry for the output valves, so there’s no need for constant measurements and adjustments by owners.… Read the full article

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Audio Research Tour

By | November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

Music for Eternity

by Dick Tan

Gordon (left) seen here with Fontain (right) with their CD6 CD Player/DAC and the REF stereo preamplifier. Flanking them are Alvin Tan(far left) and Andy Tan(far right) of Perfect Hi-Fi
Gordon (left) seen here with Fontain (right) with their CD6 CD Player/DAC and the REF stereo preamplifier. Flanking them are Alvin Tan(far left) and Andy Tan(far right) of Perfect Hi-Fi

On a recent visit to Kuala Lumpur during their Pacific Rim regional tour, Audio Research Corporation’s international sales team led by Managing Director of Sales, David E. Gordon and Export Sales Manager Jean Philippe Fontain met and spoke to a selected group of AV journalist of the legendary company’s design and product philosophy and the general  direction high end audio is heading in today’s world of personal/portable audio, where convenience is more desirable than quality.… Read the full article

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Audio Research MD: ‘Kids moving from MP3 to higher-res music’

By | October 28th, 2017|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , |

From left: Alvin Tan, David Gordon, Jean-Philippe Fontaine and Andy Tan
From left: Alvin Tan, David Gordon, Jean-Philippe Fontaine and Andy Tan

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

There is hope yet for the hi-fi industry as there are signs of kids from the MP3 generation beginning to listen to higher-resolution music.

 

Managing Director Sales of Audio Research Corporation David Gordon said the younger listeners who own headphones and headphone amps are now listening to higher-resolution music.

 

Many of the headphone enthusiasts are also listening to analogue music spinning vinyl on turntables.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Audio Research, Clearaudio help MartinLogan make a new statement

By | October 8th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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There are some things that are rarely seen in the wild, like the white lion or the snow leopard. High-end audio similarly has its own infrequently encountered species, but a major show is a good place to go looking for them.

I’d been hearing reports this year about MartinLogan’s new flagship electrostatic loudspeaker, the Neolith, but I’d not personally put eyes — or ears — on one. But in the rarified altitude of the second floor of the Denver Marriott Tech Center, I came face to face with the imposing beasts.… Read the full article

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