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  1. #21
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    If you want a full impression of the 160M from me I already posted in one of Mike's other threads on Axpona.

    The reason my opinion counts, I was not an ARC fan. I do give credit where credit is due. The 160M is one of the most impressive amps I've heard and I would not have been surprised to hear the price was twice or more what they really sell for. Yes, they have finesse, no, I have never heard any prior ARC amp with the authority, transient response and control the 160M displayed, very few other amps either. The 160M comes as close to my perfect desire for amp amp as I've heard. It will be interesting to see what die hard ARC fans think of the sound.

    The "M" at the end of 160 stands for "Monster"
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Dam... I want a pair... too bad I will never be able to afford them ...
    Same here Randy, $30k is out there
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    If you want a full impression of the 106M from me I already posted in one of Mike's other threads on Axpona.

    The reason my opinion counts, I was not an ARC fan. I do give credit where credit is due. The 106M is one of the most impressive amps I've heard and I would not have been surprised to hear the price was twice or more what they really sell for. Yes, they have finesse, no, I have never heard any prior ARC amp with the authority, transient response and control the 106M displayed, very few other amps either. The 106M comes as close to my perfect desire for amp amp as I've heard. It will be interesting to see what diehard ARC fans think of the sound.

    The "M" at the end of 106 stands for "Monster"
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Quote Originally Posted by jdandy View Post
    I think the Audio Research 160M looks spectacular in black.


    I think the same!


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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    I'd love to hear it in triode mode
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Maybe a good pairing with your Ref 10 pre
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    Re: Audio Research 160M


    Quote Originally Posted by cmalak View Post
    Maybe a good pairing with your Ref 10 pre
    Joe

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