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    ARC REF6SE Review

    Audio Research Reference 6SE line preamplifier | Stereophile.com

    This preamp in my opinion gets you really close to the REF10 in terms of performance. This isnít a small upgrade in terms of Sonic gains.


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    Re: ARC REF6SE Review

    Unfortunately this is one of the worst written reviews I have read in Stereophile. Honestly I am surprised that it was published.
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    Re: ARC REF6SE Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Audio 1 View Post
    Unfortunately this is one of the worst written reviews I have read in Stereophile. Honestly I am surprised that it was published.
    And I thought it was me. I agree 100% with Audio 1. It seemed like the reviewer could only get the Ref 6SE to perform when he tricked and tweaked it up.

    So, ... my new Ref 6SE should be shipped to me this week. The Ref 6SE replaces my Ref 6. After the new unit breaks in, I will share comments. I have no intention of tricking and tweaking the Ref 6SE up. It will be a play and listen exercise. To be honest, I am somewhat dubious that the hype around upgraded caps and wires will make all that much of a difference, ... but I look forward to being pleasantly surprised.

    I will report back soon.

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    Re: ARC REF6SE Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Bifwynne View Post
    And I thought it was me. I agree 100% with Audio 1. It seemed like the reviewer could only get the Ref 6SE to perform when he tricked and tweaked it up.

    So, ... my new Ref 6SE should be shipped to me this week. The Ref 6SE replaces my Ref 6. After the new unit breaks in, I will share comments. I have no intention of tricking and tweaking the Ref 6SE up. It will be a play and listen exercise. To be honest, I am somewhat dubious that the hype around upgraded caps and wires will make all that much of a difference, ... but I look forward to being pleasantly surprised.

    I will report back soon.

    BIF
    My Ref 6SE was delivered a few days ago. I only have 10 hours on it. Was streaming music with the volume turned down. At this point, so early in, all I can say is that the sound is changing and it is "getting interesting." Clearly different from the Ref 6, ... just not sure where it will wind up.

    I'll post more comments as the Ref 6SE breaks in. I suspect it will not begin settle down until I rack up at least 50 to 100 hours of play.
    System description: VPI Classic "2.7" (basic Classic turntable plinth, with Classic 3 tone arm base and SS wand; upgraded stock Classic 600 rpm motor for 300 rpm motor); Lyra Kleos cartridge; VPI periphery ring and SS clamp; 35 pound maple TT slab base; ARC PH-8 phono pre; ARC Ref 6 linestage; ARC Ref CD-8 CD player; ARC Ref 150 SE power amp; Paradigm Signature 8 (v3)speakers w/ BE dome tweeters; Kimber Hero I/Cs; Kimber speaker cables.

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    Re: ARC REF6SE Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Bifwynne View Post
    My Ref 6SE was delivered a few days ago. I only have 10 hours on it. Was streaming music with the volume turned down. At this point, so early in, all I can say is that the sound is changing and it is "getting interesting." Clearly different from the Ref 6, ... just not sure where it will wind up.

    I'll post more comments as the Ref 6SE breaks in. I suspect it will not begin settle down until I rack up at least 50 to 100 hours of play.
    Buddy of mine who pops on here now and then upgraded his 6 to the SE and loves it saying itís not a subtle difference.

    Hope you get the same from it!


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