KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965
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Audio Research Reference 5SE (Preowned)

Ex-Demo / Pre-Owned

Original RRP - £10,998 / Our Price - £6,500

This is a pre-owned item which has been traded in by one of our customers. It is in excellent condition with now marks to mention. We have the original packaging and accessories. 

The valves have 1782 hours on them. 

Audio Research preamplifiers are often highly sought after as they are great products that have stood the test of time. 

Stereophile once reviewed the Ref 5SE and said "As I review my notes and what I've written here, I realize how hard it is to describe a component as good as the Ref 5 SE. It was a struggle to say anything relevant using the standard audiophile criteria and vocabulary. Over and over, I found myself simply describing what it was like to hear more of the music than before, a performance that now sounded more engaging and compelling than it ever had. The Reference 5 SE was so good, and such a complete package, that I often felt I was grasping at straws to find things to critique. In 2006, Paul Bolin said that "discovering the weaknesses of the Reference 3 will be possible only when it has been bettered." That's exactly where I'm at with the Reference 5 SE.

Summing up my experience of Audio Research's Reference 5 SE preamplifier is pretty easy: I was smitten. I hear a lot of great audio gear, but it's been a long time since I've been so taken with a component. I can't imagine anyone hearing the Ref 5 SE and not falling head over heels for it. It's been a long time, too, since I've heard a component that seemed to be so fundamental and significant an advance over all others I've heard. There are a lot more expensive preamps out there today, but I'm not sure that any amount of money will buy better performance than the Reference 5 SE's. One thing I am sure of: Like its illustrious predecessors, the Ref 5 SE is a component I'll wish I'd held on to—assuming I ever let go of it. The Reference 5 SE gets my highest recommendation."

Ex-Demo / Pre-Owned range

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