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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

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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:

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

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Looks like they are copying the look and functionally of VTL.
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Quote Originally Posted by XV-1 View Post
    Looks like they are copying the look and functionally of VTL.
    Exactly !

    Visually not my cup of tea.

    Hopefully, at this price point ARC will provide the option of ordering the amp with a solid aluminum fascia?

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    Dam... I want a pair... too bad I will never be able to afford them ...
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobvin View Post
    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.
    +1 on the audio boner. The amp looks spectacular.
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    Looks terrific and exactly what I would want if deciding to upgrade from my PrinaLuna HP monoblocks. The autobias in particular is a very welcome feature.

    Now, I do wonder how much better sounding these would actually be? Worth an extra $22,000?!?
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    Any impressions of the new 160Ms at Axpona?
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    Audio Research 160M

    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    Any impressions of the new 160Ms at Axpona?
    Excellent. Gorgeous looking and layering after layering of sound.

    I can’t wait to get these in the store.


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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    so still in the "musical" phase of current ARC amps?

    I'm just hoping they don't return to the SS-ish sound of old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    so still in the "musical" phase of current ARC amps?

    I'm just hoping they don't return to the SS-ish sound of old.
    Oh most definitely. In spades.


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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    I think the Audio Research 160M looks spectacular in black.


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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.

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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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cmalak View Post
    Maybe a good pairing with your Ref 10 pre
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Mike, I'm very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts as soon as you have them in the store. I wonder if they'll have the 600hours break-in. I am already selling anything laying around that can be sold—gotta stuff that piggy bank.

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    I have PrimaLuna amps, and have been considering VTL and VAC... Or, moving to Pass Labs and solid state world. I completely agree with Cyril's comments above. It amazes me that tube manufacturers have been so slow to adopt auto biasing, and triode/linear switching. An indicator for hours on your tubes is also a very welcome bit of information. Hopefully, this will be a wake up call to other manufacturers, as Audio Research has a pretty high visibility profile for those who are going through their first real upgrades... Customers will learn a lot about these concepts just because Audio Research is now offering it. Auto biasing alone is what finally got me into tubes. I'm excited to hear if the value is truly matching the price range, and to learn more about the details of how this is built. That front display sure seems interesting. Maybe similar has been done before, but I haven't seen something quite like that before.

    HOWEVER, the price is pretty tall when considering the competition. $30k can buy a lot of great amps out there.

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    One needs to look past the hype and drool mania and review the amps based on the sound qualities. Up to now I have seen nothing in the main press.

    I have been a loyal ARC cadre but at this price point (especially after reading Joe's glowing feedback) the M400 have suddenly become a very attractive alternative for me...

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Quote Originally Posted by Jozua View Post
    One needs to look past the hype and drool mania and review the amps based on the sound qualities. Up to now I have seen nothing in the main press.

    I have been a loyal ARC cadre but at this price point (especially after reading Joe's glowing feedback) the M400 have suddenly become a very attractive alternative for me...
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    Looking forward to your impressions Mike !!

    I will be able to audition the 160M a couple of days after the Munich show ends...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jozua View Post
    Looking forward to your impressions Mike !!

    I will be able to audition the 160M a couple of days after the Munich show ends...
    Will do. I have the REF10 warmed up and waiting for them! To see and hear them in person, is a whole new experience.
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    This is a combo I would love to hear.....
    Eye and ear candy....
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    Mike, was it the Ref 10 being used with the 160M's at AXPONA?

    I can't wait to hear others feedback on the 160M's.

    I'm sure those were stellar recordings being used on the MQA vs non-MQA demo, the 160M's allowed the emotion of Dvorak's Dunky Trio to come through, yet on the other hand had, just stunning, slam on a full orchestral piece with drum percussion. I suspect the 160M's will be a major contender at their price.

    That was a fairly large room, it would be interesting to hear in a more intimate setting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Mike, was it the Ref 10 being used with the 160M's at AXPONA?

    I can't wait to hear others feedback on the 160M's.

    I'm sure those were stellar recordings being used on the MQA vs non-MQA demo, the 160M's allowed the emotion of Dvorak's Dunky Trio to come through, yet on the other hand had, just stunning, slam on a full orchestral piece with drum percussion. I suspect the 160M's will be a major contender at their price.

    That was a fairly large room, it would be interesting to hear in a more intimate setting.
    It was actually the REF6. I can’t wait for the 160M’s to arrive tomorrow.

    I have so many goodies coming into the store in the next month or two, it’s going to be fun.
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    If the kitchen sells the house, then the meter sells the amp.

    Triode mode is absolutely delicious.


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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Boing!

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZymlCgNAl0


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    Many thanks for sharing. Would love to hear them driving the M3 (or M6).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post


    If the kitchen sells the house, then the meter sells the amp.

    Triode mode is absolutely delicious.


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    And I think they look especially good in the dark.


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    : )


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    I stopped by Mike’s earlier today. These amps are gorgeous! Can’t comment on sound yet since they had less than 2 hrs of burn time. But, they did sound pretty good with the MSB front end and the Gryphon Pantheon speakers.
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    Wow, MSB, Ref 10 & 160M... Hell of a killer combo!!!

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    Dammit Mike... you are gonna make me pop a woody .... those amps look amazing.... they are THE DREAM AMP in my view.
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    I’m in the store this morning and the 160M’s have about 30 hours on them. In Triode mode, these amps sound like my sweet 300b SET amps, but with much better bass. Very sweet, airy, harmonically rich, tonally dense and engaging. In Ultralinear mode, they sound like the GS150, only better bigger and even more effortless. The 160M’s are an incredible amps - inside and out. Just incredible.


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    Glad to see it isn't just me smitten by the 160M's

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    I’m in the store this morning and the 160M’s have about 30 hours on them. In Triode mode, these amps sound like my sweet 300b SET amps, but with much better bass. Very sweet, airy, harmonically rich, tonally dense and engaging. In Ultralinear mode, they sound like the GS150, only better bigger and even more effortless. The 160M’s are an incredible amps - inside and out. Just incredible.


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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtYa9B6A1Qk


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    Nice MikeAudio Research 160M

    In Triode mode (80wpc?), do they lose a bit of bass authority and dynamics compared to Ultralinear?

    I’m assuming Triode mode works better with more intimate music where the focus is vocals, instrumental timbres and textures, and ultralinear is more appropriate for music requiring more bass depth and control, like orchestral or hard charging rock??
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