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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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    Ref 6 help

    Have you tried changing the batteries? What happens when you hold the remote in close proximity to the ref 6? Any response to the remote controls? I bought a used ref 6 earlier this year and the prior owner said he had trouble with the remote. Turns out it was a "stuck" key - i.e. one of the...
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    FS: AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE REF PHONO 2SE in excellent condition with new faceplate in natural fini

    Price reduced on ARC REF 2SE with new faceplate Price reduced to $5700 or best offer.
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    FS: AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE REF PHONO 2SE in excellent condition with new faceplate in natural fini

    Price reduced on ARC REF 2SE with new faceplate Price reduced to $5950 or best offer.
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    FS: AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE REF PHONO 2SE in excellent condition with new faceplate in natural fini

    FS: AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE PHONO 2SE in excellent condition with new faceplate in natural finish Asking Price: $6250 (new $12,995) Description This ARC Reference Phono 2SE is approximately five years old and I am the second owner. It was originally purchased from Optimal Enchantment in...
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    Audio Research Reference 160M

    Alex, As an ARC dealer, how would you compare the 160M with the 250SE? Thanks in advance for your thoughts. Bob, Thanks for your reply.
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    Audio Research Reference 160M

    Congratulations on the new amps and the completion of your beautiful audio room. I had a question about the 160M: prior to purchase, did you have a chance to compare these new amps to the ARC REF 250SE? They're sort of in the same price range ($30K vs. $34K) although the 250SE's are an older...
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    AirTight Opus1 and Lyra Atlas SL, a direct comparison

    Peter, What a great description of the differences between the Opus and Atlas SL cartridges! Thanks for that. I'm curious to know what analog setup Ian used (TT, arm and phono stage) in this comparison. Although not the same, I've had similar impressions comparing a Lyra Kleos to a Koetsu...
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    FS: Shunyata Triton Version 1

    Shunyata Triton V1 is SOLD.
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    FS: Shunyata Triton Version 1

    Price lowered to $2200 or best offer.
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    FS: Shunyata Triton Version 1

    Price lowered to $2495 or best offer.
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    FS: Shunyata Triton Version 1

    FS: SHUNYATA RESEARCH TRITON VERSION 1 Asking Price: $2750 (new $4995) Description This Shunyata Triton is about 3 years old (4/14/14). I am the second owner and purchased it on Audiogon in October of 2014. The serial number is HY-U1913. It is the later version of the Triton. The...
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    Audio Research Reference REF 5SE in near mint condition

    Audio Research Reference REF 5SE in near mint condition ***SOLD SOLD SOLD*** AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE 5SE preamplifier in natural finish Asking Price: $7500 (new $12,995) Description This ARC Reference 5SE was built in February of 2014 and shipped on February 21, 2014 (see the ARC Quality...
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    Dedicated lines - 1) use isolated grounds or not? 2) subpanel wiring

    There were no silver contacts or wires on the parts I was swapping out. The Wilson folks said the different solders were spec'ed because they offered the best performance. Surprisingly, the some of the internal wires were made by Monster Cable!

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