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    New Ref 6SE and Ref 750SEL

    On a lighter note, here's some more information from Warren Gehl on the new ARC Ref 6SE: https://audioresearch.com/2020/01/29/ref6-se-capturing-more-of-live-musics-natural-cues/?fbclid=IwAR2d9imifuQ-eP8LlkW0CvO5D7KbED_nQhDpv9hQDVrMLZDZ_dkZZn9ipTY
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    New Ref 6SE and Ref 750SEL

    It would be interesting to see how frequently different companies release "new/improved" models and whether these provided substantive improvements in SQ. Audio Research released the Reference 5 linestage in 2009, the Ref 5SE in 2011, the Ref 6 in 2015 and the Ref 6SE in late 2019. Based on my...
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    New Ref 6SE and Ref 750SEL

    I am such an IDIOT for wanting to do a factory upgrade of my Ref 6 for only a 10% improvement! If I were smart, I would replace those caps myself. Just not a “stable genius” I guess, only a gullible audiophile. Those ARC engineers are really idiots making tube products for over 50 years with...
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    New Ref 6SE and Ref 750SEL

    New add-on model designation for the ARC 6SE(?)
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    New Ref 6SE and Ref 750SEL

    I had the same question and according to the ARC service department: "Summary: We are upgrading 12 capacitors in the power supply and all of the internal signal wiring with wiring that is custom designed by us." I have my name on the waiting list for the upgrade. I believe the list price of...
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    Sasha 1vs Sasha 2 - Which one to buy?

    I've been using Transparent Audio products for a long time with a variety of components starting with Krell MDA 300 amps in the 1990's (with Wilson Watt Puppies) and more recently with Audio Research electronics with Wilson Sasha v1. I also own the Krell 250a/3 amp in a home theater set-up. I...
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    Lyra Cartridges

    ChasFreeland That's an interesting problem ("static") which I've not heard of before. Did you try the Etna SL on the new VPI 3-D tonearm? I also have a Lyra Etna SL on a VPI 3D arm with no issues. I agree the Etna SL is magic compared to the Kleos which I also have. My guess is that the...
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    Lyra Cartridges

    I just completed the installation of my new Lyra Etna SL and couldn't believe the improvement in SQ after fine-tuning all the usual parameters. I used the Dr. Feickert Alignment gauge for overhang, the Fozgometer for azimuth and an digital stylus gauge for VTF. I set the VTA at parallel...
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    Lyra Cartridges

    Thanks XV-1. Appreciate your input!
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    Lyra Cartridges

    If tail slightly down sounds more focused, how does it compare to dead level (parallel) or tail slightly up? Not planning to change VTA for each record. I know I should just listened myself but welcome the opinion of others with more experience and better ears!
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    Lyra Cartridges

    Vienna, Thanks for that feedback. Unfortunately, if and when I upgrade to a Fatboy, it would most likely be a unipivot as I do like changing cartridges and having a single-arm table (TNT6/rim drive) would make it hard to do with the gimbal version. I would love to figure out how to add a...
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    Lyra Cartridges

    Thanks Vienna. Do you have your Etna on the gimbal or unipivot...just curious. Any difference?
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    Lyra Cartridges

    Re: set-up of Lyra Etna SL I recently acquired a Lyra Etna SL and in the process of fine-tuning the installation. I wanted to know how other Lyra Etna SL (or other Lyra model) owners have set the VTA. I do not have a USB microscope. Do you set the top of the cartridge (or tonearm) level to...
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    FS: Audio Research Reference REF CD-7 in excellent condition

    FS: AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE REF CD-7 in excellent condition Asking Price: $3400 (new $8,995) or best offer Description This ARC Reference CD7 is approximately nine years old and I am the 2nd owner. I purchased the unit in 2015 and it has been sitting in the same position on my rack until...

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