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    Re: Audio Research 160M

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    I don’t see many people rack mounting 160M’s. They would need a shelf about 15 inches high. These babies are meant to be on gorgeous amp stands and proudly on display, not stuck in a rack.
    Mike, Do you have any Amp stand/rack recommendation for these babies?

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Thanks for sharing, Mike.

    how does the Ref 160 improve upon the Ref75SE on an efficient speaker?
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

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    Thanks for sharing, Mike.

    how does the Ref 160 improve upon the Ref75SE on an efficient speaker?
    The typical benefits of mono amps + triode mode setting = magic. But in ultralinear, sonically, close.


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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Is the Ref 75se on par with the 80se? The 80se is the current amp at $7500.00, right?

    Hardly, apples to apples in set up, I heard the 80se and I didn't find it close to the 160M, regarding control. The bass was a bit wooly and it didn't hold up with complex music, let it get meshed up.

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    The typical benefits of mono amps + triode mode setting = magic. But in ultralinear, sonically, close.


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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Is the Ref 75se on par with the 80se? The 80se is the current amp at $7500.00, right?

    Hardly, apples to apples in set up, I heard the 80se and I didn't find it close to the 160M, regarding control. The bass was a bit wooly and it didn't hold up with complex music, let it get meshed up.
    The VT80SE is a different class of amp. Itís not Reference Level, itís part of the Foundation series.


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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Oh.... duh, I read "REF", wrote REF, but somehow the light didn't come on, LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    The VT80SE is a different class of amp. It’s not Reference Level, it’s part of the Foundation series.


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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    I heard the 160’s side by side vs the new boulder 28k amp and it wasn’t even close. I was impressed woth some of the things the Boulder did, but it was meh for me. The 160 was a treat. I felt it was so coherent. Gave a true 3D presentation. I was involved woth the music. Honestly it is one of my favorite amps right now. When we put on the dragon cords it scaled into another level above. I can’t imagine how it will sound with Garth’s new Firebird I believe it is called.
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    If the M160 sound good I wonder what can be expected from the future M260 mono-blocks ?



    Quote Originally Posted by Ctsooner View Post
    I heard the 160ís side by side vs the new boulder 28k amp and it wasnít even close. I was impressed woth some of the things the Boulder did, but it was meh for me. The 160 was a treat. I felt it was so coherent. Gave a true 3D presentation. I was involved woth the music. Honestly it is one of my favorite amps right now. When we put on the dragon cords it scaled into another level above. I canít imagine how it will sound with Garthís new Firebird I believe it is called.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ctsooner View Post
    I heard the 160ís side by side vs the new boulder 28k amp and it wasnít even close. I was impressed woth some of the things the Boulder did, but it was meh for me. The 160 was a treat. I felt it was so coherent. Gave a true 3D presentation. I was involved woth the music. Honestly it is one of my favorite amps right now. When we put on the dragon cords it scaled into another level above. I canít imagine how it will sound with Garthís new Firebird I believe it is called.
    It sounds grrreeat!
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