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Audio Research Reference Phono 3 MM / MC Tube Phono Preamplifier; Remote

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Product: Audio Research Reference Phono 3 MM / MC Tube Phono Preamplifier; Remote

Product SKU: 19863

Serial Number: SN50540

Voltage: 120V

Cosmetic Description: 8/10 Excellent condition with minimal visible cosmetic wear including a few faint scuffs on the top surface. This item looks like new from just a few feet away. You'll have to examine very closely to find any signs of wear.

What is Included: Preamplifier, Remote, Manual, Sovtek 6550WE, 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: Less than 1 year

# of Owners: 1

Tobacco Exposure: No

Service History: None

MSRP: $15000

Other Notes: Tube Hours: 16

"The term ‘reference’ still has meaning for Audio Research, and it doesn’t use the term lightly. The Reference Phono 3 is a true reference point in turntable replay, as it extracts a remarkable amount of information from the cartridge, and yet plays it in a manner that invites you to listen to more and more albums. Those hundreds of hours of run-in will never be viewed as a chore, more as a pleasure, unveiling both what your records are capable of and just how much better your Reference Phono 3 gets. And those hundreds of hours will pass quickly, too. From a position of not firing the ejector seat on my own career at least, there can be no ‘best’ in high-end audio, but the Audio Research Reference Phono 3 is one of those rare devices that gets closer to ‘best’ than most. Highly recommended." - Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi +

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Reviews:  Hi-Fi +
Part-Time Audiophile
The Audio Beat

Shipping: Cost to ship this item within the contiguous United States is a flat rate of $135- including packaging and insurance. For all other locations including Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Alaska, please request a quote prior to purchase. Items with factory packaging will be double boxed. When factory packaging not available re-usable shipping box with custom injected-foam mold will be used. (for all items over 10 lbs). Note that all items valued over $500 will require a signature upon delivery.