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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Uh oh, more toys, but this one looks serious. I’d love to hear it in triode mode.
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Love at first sight...no more no less
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    It does look good


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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Hmmm...
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Dammit, now I’ve got an audio boner! I’ve been waiting for the next from ARC since I bought my REF75, and have always wanted to put monos on my Alexia. Plus, my room needs some new bling.

    Sadly, my wife is going through a bit of career stress at this time, so I won't be buying anything with this kind of price tag until things settle down.
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    Audio Research 160M

    As a long-time ARC user and fan, always glad to see them putting forth the next generation of products. I can’t say this is pleasing me on the aesthetics front but we each have our biases on that front.

    Good to see them finally put forth features like Ultralinear/Triode modes, auto bias circuits, and output tube monitoring and protection, all of which are great to see but probably way over due given that competitors like VTL and VAC on the high end and Prima Luna in the more budget segments of the market have had these features on their tube power amps for years.

    Anyway, looks like a nice product. I was worried that after Ward Fiebiger had passed in 2017, that the company would have a tough time following him with new product intros of the same caliber as the company has historically put out. He was the chief audio engineer who learned the ins and outs of audio design from Bill Johnson, absorbing much of the founder’s design DNA/principles and continuing Mr. Johnson’s audio design legacies in leading the design efforts in the:

    Reference 40th Anniversary Preamp
    Reference 5/5SE Preamp
    Reference Phono 2 Preamp
    Reference 75/150/250/750 Amps (and SE versions)
    VSi 60/75 integrateds


    In any case, looks like the audio design/engineering bench at ARC is deep which is good to know.

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    My Systems: http://www.audioshark.org/showthread...481#post158481

    "We can hear everything we measure, but we can't measure everything we hear. Let your ears be your guide."

    Dealer for: Audio Research, Aurender, AudioQuest Cables & Power Products, Avantgarde Acoustics, Avid HiFi, Ayre Acoustics, Berkeley Audio Design, Bryston, Chord, Constellation Audio, FirstWatt, Focal Headphones, Furutech, Gryphon Audio, Harbeth Loudspeakers, Hegel, iFi Audio, ISO Acoustics, JL Audio, KEF Loudspeakers, KL Audio Record Cleaning Machines, Lumin, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL Speakers & Electronics, MIT Cables, MSB Technologies, Naim Audio, Ortofon, Pass Labs, PS Audio, Quadraspire, Rega Turntables, Roon Labs, Shunyata Research, SRA, Stein Music, Stillpoints, T+A Electronics, VAC, Vicoustics, Viva Audio, VPI Industries.

    https://suncoastaudio.com/
    Phone: 941-932-0282
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suncoast-Au...1105178279194/

 

 
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