For sale is an Audio Research SP-16 vacuum tube preamp. It is in good condition with a few scratches on it, see photos for further detail. It has been fully checked over by one of our technicians and is in perfect working condition.
"How many of the grand old names of high-end audio continue to derive their vision and drive from the man who founded the company? Foremost among those select few would be Audio Research Corporation and its visionary founder, designer, chief cook and bottle washer William Z. Johnson. For over 30 years, owning any piece of Audio Research equipment has always guaranteed you a certain amount of prestige and the assurance you'd be hearing music just as Bill Johnson thought it should be reproduced.
Audio Research first came to prominence as a company that continued to champion the use of vacuum tubes as viable music-making devices, even in the face of the industry's massive switch to transistors. ARC has, nevertheless, continued to keep up with the times. It’ll only take one browse through their website to witness the dizzying array of products they produce: tubed, hybrid, and solid-state (in an abundance of price ranges), all designed to bring the consumer the most music and reliability for the price. Preamps such as the SP3, SP6, SP9, SP10, and SP11 set the standard for their times (and sometimes beyond), and this tradition continues with the introduction of the all-new, all-tube, full-function, remote-controlled SP16 preamplifier" -John Crossett of Soundstage.com
Frequency response: 1Hz to 60kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.007%
Gain: 55dB (MM), 11.5dB (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 67dB (MM), 102dB (line)
Output: 2V (Pre out), 15V (Pre out Max)
Valve complement: 3 x 12AX7EH
Dimensions: 450 x 132 x 254mm