Audio Research Reference Two Stereo Tube Preamplifier; Remote; Ref 2 Mk 1 (SOLD)
Product: Audio Research Reference Two Stereo Tube Preamplifier; Remote; Ref 2 Mk 1
Product SKU: 18073
Serial Number: 30290003
Cosmetic Description: 8/10 Excellent condition with minimal visible cosmetic wear including a small scuff on the top cover near the middle. There is also a faint smell of tobacco present after the preamplifier warms up. Outstanding condition overall - the condition will please even the most discerning audiophile.
What is Included: Preamplifier, 9 Electro Harmonix 6922EH tubes, 1 Electro Harmonix 6L6EH tube, 1 Sovtek 5AR4 tube, Remote, Power cable, Factory packaging
Functional Notes: Operational condition of this item is excellent, fully tested and no issues found.
Age: Circa 2000
# of Owners: 2
Tobacco Exposure: Yes
Service History: Serviced Dec 2017 by Audio Research. 8 tubes on preamp board (6922) replaced and 1 power supply capacitor. Power supply tubes replaced December 2018.
Other Notes: Previous owner indicates current tubes have about 500 hours of use.
"It's only a line section and it costs $10,000, but the Audio Research Reference Two looks, feels, behaves, and sounds like a $10,000 product. It combines the best of the old technology—including tube rectification and regulation, super-dynamic presentation—with the signal-routing and remote-control features demanded by today's affluent audiophiles, including remote phase inversion and fully balanced operation. The extra gain and added quiet should only improve what is already the most credible-sounding, musically poised preamplifier I've heard.
True, the Ref 2 seemed to ever so subtly enrich what it was fed, but this was done with such magical sleight of hand that I remained unaware of the behind-the-scenes sonic activity. I never wished for more or less while listening, whether it was the Eurythmics' horn-blasting "Would I Lie to You?" or the RCA Soria LP edition of The Horowitz Collection, a set of remarkably clean-sounding vintage mono recordings from the mid-1940s through the mid-'50s. The result was that the Ref 2 remained in my system for months; I forgot about it until I had to send it to JA for measurement." - Stereophile
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