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C.L.E.A.R. 834L: The Rejuvenation of an Esoteric Audio Research classic (Part 2)

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

C.L.E.A.R. 834L: The Rejuvenation of an Esoteric Audio Research classic

Part 2, by Steve Graham

Modifying or rebuilding anything, be it a piece of classic stereo equipment or, perhaps, a classic car, will involve many value judgements and personal decisions.  Some subtle, some not.  No two audiophiles, or classic car buffs, departing from the same point, will finish in the same place.  Be that as it may, this is my take on a cost-effective rejuvenation.

I think I might have solved the mystery of the “two 12AU7 and one 12AX7” tubes that I noted in Part 1, had been installed in this unit. … Read the full article

Audio Research Updates CD9 and CD6 With Special Edition Versions

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

For those looking at upping their Audio Research high-res digital/Redbook game, the Minnesota-based company has just announced the CD9SE and CD6SE transport/DACs which feature fully-redesigned faceplates to match ARC’s Reference and Foundation Series.

Audio Research Launches New Special Edition Update to CD6 and CD9 Products

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Audio Research Launches New Special Edition Update to CD6 and CD9 Products

The following is a press release issued by Audio Research. MAPLE GROVE, MN | April 9th, 2019–Audio Research is pleased to announce a special edition update to the CD6 and Reference CD9 Transport/DAC. The new CD6SE and Reference CD9SE feature beautiful faceplate updates that closely match ARC’s Foundation and Reference-series components. The redesigned faceplates, with matching buttons, illumination, and black plexiglass display allow an integrated and uniform look across the latest model platforms. Both SE units boast the latest V3.0 USB audio card, providing compatibility with macOS, Windows 10, and any Linux-based system that supports ALSA devices.… Read the full article

Audio Research announces SE update to the CD6 and Reference CD9 Transport/DAC

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , |

CD6SE

CD9SE

MAPLE GROVE, MN – April 5th, 2019 Audio Research is pleased to announce an SE update to the CD6 and Reference CD9 Transport/DAC.

The new CD6SE and Reference CD9SE feature beautiful faceplate updates that closely match ARC’s Foundation and Reference-series components. The redesigned faceplates, with matching buttons, illumination, and black plexiglass display allow an integrated and uniform look across the latest model platforms.

Both SE units boast the latest V3.0 USB audio card, providing compatibility with macOS, Windows 10, and any Linux-based system that supports ALSA devices.

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Florida 2019: Wilson Audio, Audio Research, VPI and Transparent

By | February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

The Wilson Audio room was a bit of a reunion of sorts for me.  This room seemed to be the room that many visited first.  Bart suggested to many to start at the 8th floor and “work your way down”.  And no wonder as it offered, in my humble opinion, the best sound at the show.  But it was a journey to get this sound as I will soon explain.

The first familiar person I saw Peter McGrath who had not long ago set up my own Wilsons which was a tremendous success.  … Read the full article

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Audio Research Launches New Trade-Up Program For Customers

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

Audio Research Launches New Trade-Up Program For Customers

The following is a press release issued by Audio Research. MAPLE GROVE, MI | February 14, 2019: Today, Audio Research is proud to announce a special program allowing Audio Research Owners in the US to participate in the new Trade Up! program. The program offers owners of qualified Audio Research products trade-in values up to 75% of their MSRP when traded-in toward new Audio Research products. Audio Research products are of the highest quality and can retain high value on the secondary market, emphasized as current owners are able to receive up to 75% of their original MSRP buying price.… Read the full article

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2019 Audio Research Trade-up Program

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|

Maple Grove, MN (2/14/2019): Audio Research is introducing the 2019 Audio Research Trade-up Program, in which owners of the company’s qualified products from 1970 to the present day can receive up to 75% of its original MSRP towards the purchase of a current product.

The program will run from 2/14/2019 through 5/31/2019 and is only offered to U.S. customers due to logistics. Customers must contact authorized U.S. dealerships for program details. This marks the most generous effort from a major manufacturer of the industry in rewarding its customers for being loyal.

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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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