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Audio Research Reference 6

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Very low hours (440) Mint condition.

£14,500.00 £9,500.00


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The Reference 6 is not simply a market-driven product, but rather, a solution to a need which arose after the creation of the Reference SE Series amplifiers. According to Warren Gehl, who is responsible for sonic development of all Audio Research products, the new series of Reference amplifiers offer a level of musical and dynamic capability only made apparent when using the flagship, two-chassis Reference 10 preamplifier. Both preamplifiers of the Reference Series need the ability to provide the full benefit of this new sonic landscape. Increasing the tube count to six in the analog section, and advancements in the power supply improved both macro- and microdynamics and lowered distortion.

The Reference 6 also offers better bass control, relaxed purity and more dimensionality. Further improvements include a more grainless presentation, greater transparency, better speed, and more continuity across the musical spectrum. Quite simply, the Reference 6 improves upon its predecessor in every way for a more palpable and immediate musical performance. Numerous elements – transformers, capacitors, wiring – are designs exclusive to Audio Research and the Reference 6.

A completely new chassis has allowed not only a more beautiful aesthetic, but also provides more structural rigidity to assist in the dissipation of electrical and mechanical interferences. Six premium 6H30 tubes are now used in the audio circuit (increased from four tubes in the Reference 5SE) to provide an even quieter background and increased dynamic range. The tube-regulated power supply is also a new design for improved sonics. New circuit boards, circuit designs, and larger power transformer have been implemented to provide robustness and serviceability.

A new volume control with finer step gradation and higher performance completes the system.

Brand: Audio Research

Model Name/Number: Reference 6 Stereo Pre-Amplifier

Price (RRP): £14500

Choice Hifi Price: £9500

Product Information:

S P E C I F I C AT I O N S

Frequency response

+0-3dB, 0.4Hz to 200kHz at rated output (Balanced, 200k ohms load)

THD

Less than .01% at 2V RMS BAL output

Gain

Main output: 12dB Balanced output, 6dB SE output. Record out: 0dB (Processor input: 0dB BAL output)

Noise

1.7uV RMS residual IHF weighted balanced equivalent input noise with volume at 1 (109dB below 2V RMS output.)

Dimensions

Width:19” (48 cm)
Height:7.8” (19.8 cm)
Depth: 16.5” (41.9 cm)
Handles extend 1.6” (4 cm) forward of the front panel

Weight

37.5 lbs. (17 kg) Net; 49 lbs. (22.3 kg) Shipping

Tube complement

6 – 6H30 dual triodes, plus 1 – 6550WE and 1 – 6H30 in power supply

Age: 1Y 6M

Condition: 10/10

Voltage: 220/240/50Hz

Finish/Colour: Silver

Packaging? Yes

Accessories? Yes

Item Location: In Stock

Status: Second Hand

Dimensions 5708473 cm