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    Arc ref160s

    REF160S Stereo Power Amplifier
    MAPLE GROVE, MN – MAY, 9th 2019 Audio Research is pleased to announce the launch of the Reference 160S stereo power amplifier. The new product distills the astonishing resolution, dynamic impact, musical purity and finesse of the 160M into one beautiful and attainable chassis designed for the music lover in all of us.

    Following the example of the internationally-acclaimed 160M monaural power amplifier introduced in 2018, the Reference 160S (REF160S) is a vacuum-tube design with dual transparent power meters that float in front of the eight KT150 output power tubes.

    PRODUCT WILL START SHIPPING Q3 2019

    Product Details:

    • Weight: 100 Lbs
    • Depth: 21.5”
    • Power Rating: 140 WPC
    • 2 Rear Handles (for increased mobility)
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    Re: Arc ref160s

    Very nice! I wonder if it will have a Triode setting like the monos. I don’t see it mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Very nice! I wonder if it will have a Triode setting like the monos. I don’t see it mentioned.
    The button on the right side of the face is labeled Ultralinear/Triode in the picture above.
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    Re: Arc ref160s

    Thank you Buddy. I had difficulty reading the labels.
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    Re: Arc ref160s

    the monos are awesome and i'm sure this is right there with them.
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    Re: Arc ref160s

    Wish my Vac 200IQ was that pretty! Wow.
    Odd how they only squeeze out 140w/pc with 8 kt150s while the Vac gets 100w/pc with only 4 kt150s. Are the Vacs driven that much harder and the tubes life will be shorter?
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    Re: Arc ref160s

    Quote Originally Posted by Dguitarnut View Post
    Wish my Vac 200IQ was that pretty! Wow.
    Odd how they only squeeze out 140w/pc with 8 kt150s while the Vac gets 100w/pc with only 4 kt150s. Are the Vacs driven that much harder and the tubes life will be shorter?
    It's prettier than my excellent Octave RE 320 too, potential sound differences aside. The Octave does 130 W/ch with two KT 150 per channel, it's pentode class A/B. Perhaps the Ref 160 is more class A(ish).

    I don't think the tube life is shorter in my A/B circuit; if anything, the tubes in the Octave have the chance to live particularly long because of a sophisticated soft start feature which over two minutes brings the tubes slowly up to operating conditions. The amp has also a great protective circuitry, which has kicked in twice now (due to my own stupidity, not because something would have been wrong with the amp).
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    Re: Arc ref160s

    All business, I love it in black!


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    Re: Arc ref160s

    Awesome! Very pretty. Beats the heck out of the old REF150.


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    Re: Arc ref160s

    Quote Originally Posted by Dguitarnut View Post
    Wish my Vac 200IQ was that pretty! Wow.
    Odd how they only squeeze out 140w/pc with 8 kt150s while the Vac gets 100w/pc with only 4 kt150s. Are the Vacs driven that much harder and the tubes life will be shorter?
    The 200iQ is designed for KT88s. You can use KT150s, but won’t get more power. It’s not optimized for KT150s.
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