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Audio Research Reference 5se

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Mint condition Reference 5 SE Linestage Pre-Amplifier.

£11,498.00 £6,490.00

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Special editions of long-established products aren’t always all that special. TheRef 5 SE is. For a mere thousand dollars more than its predecessor, the Reference 5, it manages to come a good deal closer to the sound ofARC’s fabulous, but short-lived Reference 40 agship than it does to a “souped-up” Ref 5. The improvement goes beyond more detail, higher transient speed, and greater transparency to sources (although the Ref 5 SE does all these things). For the 1st time in recent ARC history, the Ref 5 SE also manages to fully out the color, weight, and body of the power range, while also improving grip and definition in the bass, making it the most robust and lifelike ARC preamp yet.

Brand: Audio Research

Model Name/Number: Reference 5se Pre-Amplifier

Price (RRP): £11498

Choice Hifi Price: £6490

Product Information:

FREQUENCY RESPONSE: +0-3dB, 0.5Hz to 200kHz at rated output (Balanced, 200k ohms load).

DISTORTION: Less than .01% at 2V RMS BAL output.

GAIN: Main output: 12dB Balanced output, 6dB SE output. Tape output: 0dB (Processor input: 0dB SE output).
INPUT IMPEDANCE: 120K ohms Balanced, 60K ohms SE.

Inputs (7): CD, TUNER, VIDEO, PHONO, AUX 1, AUX 2, PROCESSOR. (XLR and RCA connectors)

OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: 600 ohms Balanced, 300 ohms SE Main (2). 20K ohms minimum load and 2000pF maximum capacitance. Outputs (3): 2 main, 1 tape (XLR and RCA connectors).
OUTPUT POLARITY: Non-inverting.
RATED OUTPUTS: 2V RMS (1V RMS SE) into 200K ohm balanced load (maximum balanced output capability is 30V RMS at less than 0.5% THD at 1kHz).

CROSSTALK: -80dB or better at 1kHz and 10 kHz.

CONTROLS: Volume (104 steps), Select Input.

Push Buttons: Power, Proc, BAL/SE, Mono, Invert, Mute.

POWER SUPPLIES: Electronically regulated low and high voltage supplies. Automatic 40 sec. warm- up/brown-out mute. Line regulation better than .01%.
NOISE: 1.7uV RMS residual IHF weighted balanced equivalent input noise with volume at 1 (109dB below 2V RMS output.)
TUBE COMPLEMENT: (4)-6H30P dual triodes, plus (1 each) 6550C and 6H30P in power supply.

POWER REQUIREMENTS: 100-135V AC 60Hz (200-270VAC 50/60Hz) 130 watts. Standby: 2 watts.

DIMENSIONS: 19″ (48 cm) W x 7″ (17.8 cm) H (standard panel) x 15.5″ (39.4 cm) D.

Handles extend 1.5″ (3.8 cm) forward of the front panel.

WEIGHT: 30.4 lbs. (13.9 kg) Net; 41.6 lbs. (19 kg)


Age: 4 yeas

Condition: 10/10

Voltage: 220/240/50Hz

Finish/Colour: Silver

Packaging? Yes

Accessories? Yes

Item Location: In Stock

Status: Second Hand

Dimensions 5708473 cm