KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965
KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965

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Audio Research Reference Anniversary Preamplifier (Pre-owned)

Ex-Demo / Pre-Owned

Original RRP - £20,000 / Our Price - SOLD

This is a pre-owned 2 piece preamplifier which was traded in by one of our good customers. It is in excellent condition and comes with the original packaging and accessories. 

The amplifier is roughly 10 years old, but had the valves replaced in September 2016. They have around 1500 hours on them but the clock was not reset when they were replaced. 

Obviously this was a special Anniversary edition and can be a rare find today especially in this condition. Don't delay if you are interested. 

Well respected American reviewers The Absolute Sound Magazine reviewed this amplifier when it was released and were extremely commentary. "Quite simply, this is the most holographic preamp I have (and, I am willing to bet, you have) ever listened to. Although ARC has long held a patent on dimensionality and bloom—and dimensionality was one of the two areas in which the Reference 5 was markedly improved over the Reference 3—folks, you ain’t heard nothing yet!

What the Ref 40 does that no other preamp I’ve heard does is reproduce instruments and vocalists with a three-dimensional “solidity” (the very meaning of the word “stereo,” BTW) that is simply mind-boggling (and unequaled in my experience). Instruments are so rooted in space, so solidly “there,” and the stage is so clear and orderly, it is almost like you’re listening to a three-channel system playing back three-channel mastertapes—that “phantom” center channel is that much less phantom. Trust me: The difference is that dramatic."

Demonstrations are available. 

Ex-Demo / Pre-Owned range

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