Audio ResearchReference Phono 3newAudio Research Reference Phono 3 New in Box. SilverSunny Components Inc,Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 10.00am-6.00pm.Sat-10am-4pm Closed on Sunday and Monday.1370 E Cypress St Ste D,E Covina CA-91724 USATel: 626-966-6259. Fax: 626-966-5467. Cell: 626-975-135...11995.00

Audio Research Reference Phono 3 New in Box. Silver

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Asking Price: $11,995.00

New Retail Price: $15,000.00

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Ships fromCovina, CA, 91724
Ships toWorldwide
Package dimensions26.0" × 26.0" × 18.0" (53.0 lbs.)
Shipping carrierUPS
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Sunny Components Inc,
Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 10.00am-6.00pm.Sat-10am-4pm Closed on Sunday and Monday.

1370 E Cypress St Ste D,E Covina CA-91724 USA
Tel: 626-966-6259. Fax: 626-966-5467. Cell: 626-975-1353.
Email: [email protected].
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We are offering one Audio Research Reference Phono 3 New in Box for sale
( Matching Reference 6 also available )

This is a New unit in a Sealed box !



When Audio Research was founded in 1970, analog vinyl playback was the de facto
music source of the time. Audio Research has either incorporated or
built stand-alone phono stages since the very beginning, and has
continuously provided phono preamplification, even during the height of
digital music. The Reference Phono 3 is the next advancement of analog

The Reference Phono 3 is a continuation of the work which has been
evolving other components in the Audio Research Reference Series over
the past year. In mid-2015, all of the amplifiers received significant
performance enhancements with the SE updates - new output tubes,
components, and other parts ushered in a new level of sonic accuracy and
musicality. This exposed a need for higher resolution and dynamic
capabilities in components upstream from the amplifiers, and in October
2015 the Reference 6 was introduced. The Reference Phono 3 is the next
step in our pursuit of musical realism.
Like the Reference 6, the
tube count in the analog section Reference Phono 3 has been increased
from four to six. The power supply has been redesigned to accomodate the
additional tubes, as well as provide a greater dynamic range. Numerous
other components and parts, including proprietary coupling capacitors,
wiring and cryogenically-treated pieces advance the playback experience
to a level reminiscent of master tape playback for a realism and
palpability previously unavailable.

The Reference Phono 3 phono
preamplifier is housed in a single chassis paneled in custom-machined
aluminum. The vacuum tube audio stage utilizes six 6H30 vacuum tubes
(three per channel), and one 6H30 and a 6550WE provide regulation in the
power supply. The large, vacuum fluorescent display on the front panel
shows all functions relative to the selected input. A row of six buttons
control power, mute, input, and menu controls. Menu functions include:
auto shutdown, gain and load settings, display brightness, equalization
settings, and tube hour reset. High and low gain settings, as well as
six fixed and one custom impedance setting, accomodate most any moving
magnet or moving coil cartridge. Two single-ended inputs provide
connectivity to two turntables. There are two main outputs providing
both balanced and single-ended outputs. RS-232 and IR input allow for
additional control options. The Reference Phono 3 ships with a
full-function metal remote.

Frequency Response:
±.2 dB of RIAA, 10 Hz to 60kHz; 3 dB points below 0.3Hz and above 300 kHz.

Less than .002% at 1.0V RMS 1kHz output.


Selectable 51 dB (Low) and 73 dB (High) at 1kHz BAL; 45 dB (Low) and 67 dB (High) at 1kHz SE. (MC and MM compatible).

Input Impedance:
47k Ohms and 100 pF SE. Selectable loads: 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 Ohms, and Custom.

Output Impedance:
400 ohms Balanced, 200 ohms SE. Recommended load 50k-100k Ohms and 100 pF. (10k Ohms minimum and 2000 pF maximum).

Output Polarity:

Phono Equalization:

(selectable) RIAA, Columbia, and Decca.

Maximum Input:
250 mV RMS at 1kHz (680 mV RMS at 10kHz) - Low Gain.

Rated Outputs:
2V RMS (1V RMS SE) into 200K ohm balanced load (maximum balanced output capability is 30V RMS at less than 0.5% THD at 1kHz).

6 Push Buttons:  Power, Menu, Option, Enter, Input, Mute.

Power Supplies:
regulated low and high voltage supplies.  Automatic 2 minute
warm-up/brown-out mute.  Line regulation better than .01%.

µV equivalent input noise, IHF weighted. Shorted (Low Gain) input (71
dB below 1mV 1kHz input). 0.082 µV equivalent input noise (High Gain).
(62 dB below 0.1 mV 1kHz input).

Tube Complement:
(6)-6H30P dual triodes, plus (1 each) 6550WE and 6H30P in power supply.

Power Requirements:
100-135VAC 60Hz (200-270VAC 50/60Hz) 130 watts.  Standby: 2 watts.

Width 19” (48 cm)
Height 7.8” (19.8 cm)
Depth 16.5” (41.9 cm)
Handles extend 1.6” (4 cm) forward of the front panel.

36.5 lbs. (16.6 kg) Net; 53 lbs. (24 kg) Shipping.

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