Audio Research Reference 5 SE tube preamplifier for sale. I am the second owner and it is in "dealer demo type" condition. I am a huge fan of the 5se and believe it to be the ultimate Audio Research pre, at least for my tastes. I enjoy a clean but still distinctly tube presentation. The Ref 40, the Ref 6 and the Ref 10 each moved further and further away from this in my opinion, which is why I bought more than one of these.... Some like their tube gear to sound like it has tubes, others prefer something else. I recently sold my other 5se (which was also also very nice) but this is the one I thought I would never sell. I am making another major audio purchase and reluctantly parting with this amazing piece to help deploy funds in that direction.
This is a VERY, VERY late production 5se as you will notice the rare "green circuit board" and the data sheet from Audio Research indicating an April of 2016 manufacture date. There are less than 730 hours on the original tube set. That's not a typo, less than 730 hours! I can find no imperfections. I have included multiple photos of the perfectly functioning display. I was having trouble photographing the screen...the camera shutter speed I guess was making it appear that letters were missing, which is absolutely not the case.
This is a unique opportunity so please read carefully. Included in this sale are:
1) ARC Ref 5se preamp
2) The original Audio Research tube set, the tube meter is approximately 727 hours
3) Audio Research aluminum remote and OEM power cable
4) Owners manual
5) Original box/packing materials
I have SOOO many amps (Hello, my name is ___ and I'm an audio hoarder) and I am paring down my gear! An opportunity has presented itself to buy a very special setup that I simply can't pass up, thus, I will reluctantly part with this beauty. My Ref 75SE amp just sold so I must part with this amazing preamp. I searched for a long time, the Ref5se is special and this one is likely one of the best you would ever come across. I can't imagine a better condition Ref 5se unless it is new in box!
The buyer is responsible for shipping, insurance and the Paypal vig. I am combining those fees and including $275 in the shipping fee section to enable someone to "buy it now". Available only to the lower 48 US. You will not be disappointed and please see my feedback. I am not a dealer and no trade requests please. I am careful with my gear and moreover, I fairly describe it as I hope others do when I contemplate a purchase. Peace.