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Audio Research Reference 6 Stereo Tube Preamplifier; Remote; ARC

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Product: Audio Research Reference 6 Stereo Tube Preamplifier; Remote; ARC

Product SKU: 19862

Serial Number: SN50469

Voltage: 120V

Cosmetic Description: 8/10 Excellent condition with minimal visible cosmetic wear including some very light scuffs on the top surface. These blemishes are not readily visible and do not detract from the overall wonderful appearance.

What is Included: Preamplifier, Remote, Manual, Sovtek 6550WE tube, 7 Sovtek 6H30Pi-EB tubes, Screwdriver, Power cable, Factory packaging

Functional Notes: Operational condition of this item is excellent, fully tested and no issues found.

Age: 3 years

# of Owners: 1

Tobacco Exposure: No

Service History: None

MSRP: $14000

Other Notes: Tube hours: 672

"The Reference 6 made music. I have no doubt its sound has been sculpted and contoured in a particular way, just as was the sound of the Reference 2, which I reviewed in the September 2000 issue, and which then cost $9995. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $13,979 today—just $21 less than the Reference 6. When I reread my review of the Reference 2, I saw that it hit similar sonic points. The Ref 2 is long gone from my system, but I'm confident that the Ref 6 is far superior in every way—and particularly in its top-to-bottom seamlessness and resolution of detail. And ergonomically, the Reference 6 is the product of a different and far better world.

In rereading that review, I also noticed that the Reference 2 hadn't seemed able to even suggest, let alone match, the Reference 6's ability to communicate—something you have to hear for yourself. Leaving aside the usual sonic checklist, on which the Reference 6 did a very good job of ticking boxes, its most appealing sonic qualities surely won't show up in the measurements. Bill Johnson was right." - Michael Fremer, Stereophile

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Reviews:  Tone Publications

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