Basically a stereo version of the Reference 160M mono power amplifier introduced in 2018, the new 160S has the same feature set, which includes Audio Research’s own auto-bias circuitry, switchable triode/ultra linear operation modes, balanced and single-ended inputs, and an output valve condition monitor. It isn’t only the circuitry that’s basically identical, the look is also similar, with the dual transparent power meters on the front fascia through which the eight KT150 output valves can be seen.… Read the full article
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MAPLE GROVE, MN – May 8th, 2019 – Audio Research is pleased to announce the launch of the Reference 160S stereo power amplifier. The new product distills the astonishing resolution, dynamic impact, musical purity and finesse of the 160M into one beautiful and attainable chassis designed for the music lover in all of us.
Following the example of the internationally-acclaimed 160M monaural power amplifier introduced in 2018, the Reference 160S (REF160S) is a vacuum-tube design with dual transparent power meters that float in front of the eight KT150 output power tubes.… Read the full article
Audio Research has released its Reference CD9SE CD Player/DAC which, as with all ARC’s reference products, uses valves… in this case in its analogue output stages as well as in its power supply. (Click on image above for larger version.)
The output stage of the Audio Research Reference CD9SE uses four 6H30 dual-triodes, while a 6550WE and a 6H30 are used in the power supply. The digital section features quad 24-bit DACs running in mono mode, with dual master oscillators; one for 44.1/88.2/176.4 sample rates, and the other for 48/96/192kHz sample rates.… Read the full article
The new CD6SE’s faceplate closely matches that of Audio Research’s Foundation and Reference-series components to enable a uniform look across the latest 2019 model platforms. However the new CD6SE also has the latest V3.0 USB audio card, providing compatibility with macOS, Windows 10, and any Linux-based system that supports ALSA devices. This feature allows full streaming capability from products such as Aurender and Roon’s Nucleus.… Read the full article
Shunyata Research has two new power distributors.
Shunyata Research has one of the longest histories of creating outstanding power management products. Currently they are expanding their power conditioner series to cover more price points and offer up more value per dollar than ever before in the power distribution market.
The new four series of the Shunyata Research line-up are to Venom, Delta, Alpha, and Sigma — in that order from lowest to highest of the range. These names should be familiar to you if you have experience with Shunyata Research’s line of cables.… Read the full article
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
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
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