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Audio Research Reference Phono 3 – One Smart Phono Stage

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Phono preamplifiers come in all shapes and sizes and with varying amounts of user adjustability and convenience. The ARC Ref 3 phono preamplifier is hands down the smartest phono section I have ever had the pleasure of using and listening to.

At the bottom of the intelligence pecking order are phono preamplifiers that only have moving magnet (mm) inputs with fixed gain and loading set at 47k ohms. The next step up is a phono preamplifier that has both mm and moving coil (mc) inputs with adjustments for gain and loading.… Read the full article

Nola Concert Grand Reference Gold 2 Speakers, VAC Statement 450S IQ Amplifier, Audio Research REF CD8 CD Player, Nordost Odin 2 Cabling

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Do VAC tube components possess chameleon-like powers? That’s the question I’ve begun to ask: Each time I encounter their components in different settings, I hear radically different sound. Here, from a system including Nola’s towering new Concert Grand Reference Gold 2 loudspeakers ($250,000/pair), an Audio Research REF CD8 CD player, Nordost Odin 2 cabling, and VAC’s Statement 450S IQ amplifier ($63,000), Master line stage ($28,000), and VAC DAC MK II ($12,000), the sound was midrange preponderant—not at all what I expected to hear from either VAC electronics or a 275lb open-baffle line-source array design with a claimed frequency range of 18Hz–100kHz, 91dB sensitivity, and 8 ohm impedance.

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Audio Research 160M Amplifiers – My White Whale

By | July 27th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Even after two plus decades of reviewing, there are a few major brands that have largely eluded me. Whether it’s been a timing issue, system need, personal bias, (I’ll get into that more later), or I just haven’t been in proximity of the brand. For me, up till a couple years ago, one of those brands had been Audio Research. I was able to land a DAC9 for review that I absolutely loved. I still rave bout it to whoever is willing to listen.… Read the full article

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Audio Research Corporation Reference 160M Monoblock Amplifier

By | July 12th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Audio Research Corporation Reference 160M Monoblock Amplifier

Since I first heard William Zane Johnson’s D76 stereo amplifier and SP3 full-function preamp back in the early 1970s, I’ve been a fan of Audio Research electronics. Indeed, I’ve owned and reviewed more gear from ARC than from any other marque. So, you may well ask, why haven’t I written about anything new from my all-time-favorite firm in the past several years? Well…I have my reasons. (And the folks at ARC doubtlessly have theirs.) Speaking for myself, my first consideration was the reference speakers I’ve been using, which for the last decade or so have been various Magicos.… Read the full article

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Audio Research Reference 160S

By | June 4th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Audio Research has launched its Reference 160S stereo power amplifier. (Click on image to enlarge.)

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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Audio Research launches new Reference 160S stereo power amplifier

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

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.

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Audio Research Reference CD9SE

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

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

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Audio Research CD6SE CD Player/DAC

By | May 5th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Audio Research has released an updated version of its CD6 CD Player/DAC… the Audio Research CD6SE. (Pictured above and below, click on images for larger version).

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

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Shunyata Research, Audio Research, Wilson Audio – AXPONA 2019

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Shunyata Research

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

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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

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