RECENTLY RECHECKED BY AUDIO RESEARCH SPECIALIST (George Meyer AV in Santa Monica,California) AFTER PREVIOUS BUYER WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT NOISE :ONE TUBE WAS REPLACED .The tube was most likely damaged during transportation.
THE UNIT WORKS LIKE IT SHOULD; NO ISSUES!
ALMOST PERFECT EXCEPT SMALL INDENTATION RIGHT LOWER CORNER.
(SEE PICTURE.). IT IS NOT VISIBLE FROM FRONTAL VIEW.
Please read a article in STEREOPHILE magazine April 3rd,2005 about reference 1 and VT 200
(I have both for sale !)
Here is summary:
No, no! Sentence first—verdict afterwards.
I was mightily impressed with the Audio Research Reference 1 preamplifier and VT200 power amplifier. They rival the best equipment I've ever heard, and put most of the rest to shame! PAYPAL 3%!