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  1. #191
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Quote Originally Posted by Ctsooner View Post
    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.
    I was as surprised as you were hearing the "new" ARC sound. Would never have guessed 10 years ago I would own one.

    I've debated a 160m upgrade, but since I'm (physically) disabled going tube monoblocks is difficult and a major PITA. Actually, my 75SE is in the shop right now getting fixed- tube went out and took a resistor with it.
    Brinkmann Bardo w/ 47 Labs MC Bee cart, MSB Premier DAC --> Music First Baby Reference v2 --> Audio Research Ref 75SE --> DeVore Fidelity Gibbon X

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    I too am disabled and I sold my tube gear. Now I have two tubes in my Memory Player server. I feel that SS has caught up if done right. That said this new set of AR gear is special.
    System:
    Vandersteen Quatro CT
    Ayre AX5/20
    Ayre QX5/20 (The Memory Player with built in DAC and headphone amp built in on order)
    Steve Nugent rebuilt Mac mini (2009) with Paul Hynes LPS and custom silver cable server
    AQ Niagara 1000 power device
    Audioquest Castlerock speaker cables
    Wire world optical cable into the Empirical Audio Synchro Mesh from the TV and Blueray to reclock
    Wireworld Platnium 8 ethernet cables into the EMO 70e ethernet filter into the QX5/20 from Eero mesh router
    All routers, cable box and synchro mesh powered by the Wyred4sound LPS box with separate supplies for each
    Audioquest power outlets and two dedicated power lines in the room
    ZMF Ori headphones with the Audioarts 15' Pono balanced cable for the QX5/20
    Empire Ears Phantom CIEM's
    A&K 380cu with matching cu amp (copper which is much warmer than their normal cases)
    Rhapsodio 2.98 mk2 gold plated silver cable for Phantom

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    The 160M IMO, looks French and not bold American ARC.

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    Re: Audio Research 160M



    May issue....
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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    How "bold" do you want the 160M to be? Want a pair of Colt 6 six guns hanging off the sides? What have you got against the French?

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    I need to get this issue. I got to hear the 160M with two different systems and was absolutely blown away. I know there are many other top brands of amps out there, but it's hard to think others are better. Different sure, but amazing amps.
    System:
    Vandersteen Quatro CT
    Ayre AX5/20
    Ayre QX5/20 (The Memory Player with built in DAC and headphone amp built in on order)
    Steve Nugent rebuilt Mac mini (2009) with Paul Hynes LPS and custom silver cable server
    AQ Niagara 1000 power device
    Audioquest Castlerock speaker cables
    Wire world optical cable into the Empirical Audio Synchro Mesh from the TV and Blueray to reclock
    Wireworld Platnium 8 ethernet cables into the EMO 70e ethernet filter into the QX5/20 from Eero mesh router
    All routers, cable box and synchro mesh powered by the Wyred4sound LPS box with separate supplies for each
    Audioquest power outlets and two dedicated power lines in the room
    ZMF Ori headphones with the Audioarts 15' Pono balanced cable for the QX5/20
    Empire Ears Phantom CIEM's
    A&K 380cu with matching cu amp (copper which is much warmer than their normal cases)
    Rhapsodio 2.98 mk2 gold plated silver cable for Phantom

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Quote Originally Posted by skytop View Post
    How "bold" do you want the 160M to be? Want a pair of Colt 6 six guns hanging off the sides? What have you got against the French?
    I like the way you think!
    —Bob V.

    My system: Benz LPS, AMG v12 turntable, Einstein Turntables' Choice phono-pre (dual mono version), dCS Rossini, Audio Research Ref10 pre, Audio Research REF 160M, Wilson Alexia speakers. Transparent Ref MM2 & Gen5 signal cables, Shunyata Zitron Sigma, AlphaNR, Python, Anaconda power cables. Shunyata Hydra Triton v3, Denali 2000t, Stillpoints. HRS. Acoustic environment optimized by Dr. Bonnie Schnitta of SoundSense.

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Loving mine after a year

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    An in depth review of the Ref 160M (8 pages!) in the May/June 2019 issue of The Absolute Sound.

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    Re: Audio Research 160M

    Hi,
    Does anyone know how ARC plans on using this new architecture from the 160S and 160M with their pre-amps and phono stages. I saw the REF 6 will now be upgraded to the REF 6SE and current REF 6 owners can upgrade. Does anyone know if that will be the same for REF 10 owners -- will the next top model preamp be a REF 10SE that current REF 10 owners can upgrade? How about with the REF 3 Phono -- will that be replaced and will current REF 3 Phono owners be able to upgrade. Thank you, Larry
    Rockport Avior Speakers; ARC Ref 10 Pre-amp; ARC REF 75 SE amp/Boulder 2060 amp; Galibie Stelvio turntable with Kuzma 4Point tonearm and Van den Hul cartridge; Boulder 1008 phono stage; Ayre QA9 ADC; Light Harmonics Dual Dac; Nordost Frey 2 power cables and speaker cables; Nordost Heimdall 2 interconnects; Shunyata and Nordost power conditioning.

 

 
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