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    ARC Ref 3 Review

    I had the pleasure of reviewing the ARC Ref 3 phono and my review was just published on PF:

    https://positive-feedback.com/review...rence-phono-3/
    Technics SP-10MKII table in custom plinth with custom power supply made by Peter Noerbaek of PBN, SME 312s arm, SME 3012R arn, Dynavector XV-1s cartridge, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, ARC Ref 3 1.2 phono stage, Otari MX-55 2 track R2R, Ampex 350 tape repros, Roon Nucleus Plus music server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref 75 with KT-150s, JBL 4345 speakers, Viero Equilibro Level 3 speaker cables, pair of Definitive Technology Ref subs.

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    Re: ARC Ref 3 Review

    Very nice review Mark! Congrats on your purchase!

    You may want to give the Zesto Andros Deluxe a listen; it is a significant upgrade to the 1.2.
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    Re: ARC Ref 3 Review

    Thanks Mike! I’m sure the Deluxe is a significant step up over the 1.2. I’m very happy with the Ref 3 phono. It’s special.
    Technics SP-10MKII table in custom plinth with custom power supply made by Peter Noerbaek of PBN, SME 312s arm, SME 3012R arn, Dynavector XV-1s cartridge, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, ARC Ref 3 1.2 phono stage, Otari MX-55 2 track R2R, Ampex 350 tape repros, Roon Nucleus Plus music server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref 75 with KT-150s, JBL 4345 speakers, Viero Equilibro Level 3 speaker cables, pair of Definitive Technology Ref subs.

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    Re: ARC Ref 3 Review

    Mark - great review. It’s a stellar piece! A real gem in the lineup.


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    Re: ARC Ref 3 Review

    Thanks Mike! We are on the same page with regards to the Ref 3.
    Technics SP-10MKII table in custom plinth with custom power supply made by Peter Noerbaek of PBN, SME 312s arm, SME 3012R arn, Dynavector XV-1s cartridge, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, ARC Ref 3 1.2 phono stage, Otari MX-55 2 track R2R, Ampex 350 tape repros, Roon Nucleus Plus music server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref 75 with KT-150s, JBL 4345 speakers, Viero Equilibro Level 3 speaker cables, pair of Definitive Technology Ref subs.

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    ARC Ref 3 Review

    Congratulations Mark, and nice review! Sure seems like a great phono amp. Love that they designed in the three different and usable curves for playback.

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    Re: ARC Ref 3 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeCh View Post
    Congratulations Mark, and nice review! Sure seems like a great phono amp. Love that they designed in the three different and usable curves for playback.
    Thanks Mike! The Ref 3 is a joy to use as well as listen to. To be able to control so many functions from your listening chair is awesome.
    Technics SP-10MKII table in custom plinth with custom power supply made by Peter Noerbaek of PBN, SME 312s arm, SME 3012R arn, Dynavector XV-1s cartridge, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, ARC Ref 3 1.2 phono stage, Otari MX-55 2 track R2R, Ampex 350 tape repros, Roon Nucleus Plus music server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref 75 with KT-150s, JBL 4345 speakers, Viero Equilibro Level 3 speaker cables, pair of Definitive Technology Ref subs.

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    Re: ARC Ref 3 Review

    Yes, very good review!


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    Re: ARC Ref 3 Review

    Excellent review Mark!
    i do love my Ref. 3 phono pre.
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    Re: ARC Ref 3 Review

    It always special when you encounter a product that creates magic in your room...
    Enjoy.