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    Re: ARC Ref 10 vs CJ GAT(2) ?

    Most pleased for you Joe I would heartily recommend a couple of tweeks to your factory Ref10, perhaps when you have a few more hours on the clock.

    Try tube rolling the 6550 Sovtek regulators with a pair of tested and matched GE6550A's as well as swapping out the Sovtek 6h30's for genuine pre 1995 Reflector DR's, expensive but will elevate your 10 to another level. I would also highly recommend that you replace the rear chassis mounted mains current rail fuse with an SR Blue or Audio Magic Beeswax Reference.

    I imagine that you are using a good quality aftermarket power cable already, the ARC cable is not bad but the 10 does respond well to a substitute.

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    Re: ARC Ref 10 vs CJ GAT(2) ?

    Thank you so much. I’m definitely starting to think about a few tweaks and I think the 6550 is a great way to start. I probably should use a “better” power cable. I’m not sure if I want to squeeze out a possible $4K+ for the 6H30 but I believe in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a tremendous cost, ugh
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    Re: ARC Ref 10 vs CJ GAT(2) ?

    Joe

    This might be a good place to start with trying out "better" power cords since he is practically "down the street" from you and will let you try them for 30 days. He should have numerous broken in cords that were used in the multiple rooms they were a part of at Axpona. I use them on the amp, preamp and power conditioner.

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    Re: ARC Ref 10 vs CJ GAT(2) ?

    I’ve always wanted to try Pete’s cables. This is probably a good time to reach out.
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    Re: ARC Ref 10 vs CJ GAT(2) ?

    Maybe you can just go by the shop and see where there built. Invite him to stop by the Forum more often.
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    Re: ARC Ref 10 vs CJ GAT(2) ?

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    I’ve always wanted to try Pete’s cables. This is probably a good time to reach out.
    Joe...certainly try the Triode cabling and see what you think. I can say from personal experience, Shunyata power cables as well as their power conditioners work well with ARC as well. But no substitute for trying out in your system to make up your own mind.
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    Re: ARC Ref 10 vs CJ GAT(2) ?

    Joe, I you don't plan on going full monty I would recommend at least the couple of DR's, adjacent to the 6550's in the power supply, and the current rail fuse.

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    Re: ARC Ref 10 vs CJ GAT(2) ?

    Hi Joe


    I am happy for you now you have one of the best preamp right now either SS or Tube so enjoy yourself and I have two recommend for your power cable.
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    Re: ARC Ref 10 vs CJ GAT(2) ?

    A good power cord would be first thing in my view. Certainly a much lower level then yours, but a nice power cord made a big improvement in my ARC pre. I am using a Richard Gray that I got from a buddy when he replaced it with some super exotic one on his Ref 10 Phono Stage.
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    Re: ARC Ref 10 vs CJ GAT(2) ?

    The Ref 10 is simply insanely awesome. I absolutely LOVE it so much!
    Joe

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