Audio ResearchSP-11usedAudio Research SP-11 Legendary Hybrid Tube Preamp, Dual Chassis with Phono**Please click here to check out our newly launched SkyFi Audio website with additional items for sale** This legendary preamp requires no introduction among vintage audiophiles.It represented the...4499.00

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Audio Research SP-11 Legendary Hybrid Tube Preamp, Dual Chassis with Phono [Expired]

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**Please click here to check out our newly launched SkyFi Audio website with additional items for sale** 

This legendary preamp requires no introduction among vintage audiophiles.

It represented the state of the art in tube preamps, and was also the flagship model from Audio Research circa 1985.

Many manufacturers have tried to surpass this performance and musicality in the past 40 years with little improvement. 

Best of all it contains a very capable phono stage, eliminating the need for an additional box. 

This is survivor piece in very good original condition that was fully sorted out by our in-house tube specialist. 

Tube Notes: 
This unit has a compliment of Six (6) Audio Research branded 6DJ8 tubes. They all tested strong, and with good balance, on our modern and professional Amplitrex AT1000 Tube Tester.

Some printed flyers and original reviews included as shown in our last photo.

The SkyFi Testing Process for Preamplifiers:
We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure there are no signs of stress or aging. Capacitors are checked for telltale sings of bulging or leaking, resistors are checked for signs of overheating or cracking, and transistors are checked for signs of stress or damage. Special attention is paid to the power supply which is the most common source of failure for preamps. We then power up the unit and run a simple 1k sine wave while monitoring the low voltage output on an oscilloscope for signs of distortion or noise to get a baseline. 

At this point we will lubricate and clean all switches and potentiometers (that are not sealed) with a high quality contact cleaner, and then re-test all functions for any signs of noise or scratching. 

Final testing involves putting actual music through the preamplifier. We have learned over time that some issues are only noticeable to a trained ear while listening to a familiar source material. Our test bench has reference vintage KEF speakers that we are super familiar with which will quickly reveal any discrepancies. Some preamps will then move into the listening room where they will be tested with our in-house reference system.

Audio Research SP-11 - Owner's Manual

High level input: ±1dB 0.2Hz to 100kHz. -3dB below 0.1Hz and above 200kHz. Phono input: ±.2dB of RIAA 20Hz to 40kHz. ±1dB of RIAA 1.0Hz to 100kHz.

Harmonic distortion: Less than .005% at 2V RMS output, 5Hz to 20kHz (Typically less than .001% at midband, phono or line input). Intermodulation distortion: Less than .003% at 2V RMS output

IHF weighted, shorted input: Output (Gain down): 6µV (110dB below rated output). Input (High level): 3µV equivalent input (110dB below 1V input). Phono: 0.15µV equivalent input (76dB below 1mV input)

At 1kHz, bypass mode: Phono input to tape output: 46dB (0.2V output from 1mV input). Phono input to main output: 75dB (0.175mV input for 1V output). High level input to main output: 29dB (36mV input for 1V output).

Phono: Front panel selectable 47K, 100, 30, 10, 3 ohms. Phono input capacitance: 150 pF at 10kHz. High level: 20K ohms or higher, depending on switch functions.

250 ohms main, direct, inverted outputs. 500 ohms tape output. Recommended load 60K ohms and 100pF (20Kohms minimum, 1000pF maximum)

Tape outputs, direct output: Non-inverting. Invert output: Inverting. Main outputs (2): Selectable non-inverting or inverting. All outputs may be used simultaneously.

Phono: 350 mV RMS at 1kHz, 1200 mV RMS at 10kHz (0.1 second maximum duration, 6dB less if continuous). High level: 25V RMS.

2V RMS 1Hz to 100kHz main, direct, inverted outputs. (Maximum 80V RMS at 0.2% THD at 1kHz into 60kOhm load with 2.85V RMS high level input).

(6) 6DJ8/ECC88

95-135VAC 60Hz, 190-270VAC 50/60Hz, 130 Watts maximum

Filter: 25Hz Hi-pass phono subsonic 6dB/octave rolloff (to eliminate ringing) with transition to 12dB/octave at 10Hz. Front panel switchable phono only. Controls (6): Gain, Level (to set gain range), Balance, Mode, Input, Impedance. Switches (8): Tape monitor, Copy, Tape 1/2, Tape 1to2 / 2to1, Mute, Invert phase, Bypass, Filter.

(Each chassis, EIA Rack panel mounting) 19" (48 cm) W x 5 ¼" (13.4 cm) H x 10 ¼" (26 cm) D. Handles extend 1 ⅝" (4.1 cm) forward of panel. Interconnect cable extends 4" behind rear of chassis.

SP-11: 14 lbs. (6.4 kg) Net, 23 lbs. (10.5 kg) Shipping. 
SP-11PS: 15 lbs. (6.8 kg) Net, 23 lbs. (10.5 kg) Shipping. 
Total: 29 lbs. (13.2 kg) Net, 46 lbs. (21.0 kg) Shipping.


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This item will be professionally packaged and insured for safe transit to your home unless you opt for local pickup from our shop. Please note that all local pickup items are only wrapped with industrial strength clear cling stretch wrap if the original manufacturer packaging is unavailable.

Local pickup is available in Glen Rock, NJ, just a half hour drive from Midtown Manhattan, with convenient parking near our building.

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If we don’t have the original manufacture’s packaging, we use heavy duty double-ply corrugated boxes with custom made to your item Instapak expanding foam custom inserts. In many cases this has proven to be better than the original packaging! We also use high quality fiber reinforced tape to seal our packages. Lightweight items will be bubble wrapped and shipped in a high-quality box. 

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NJ Residents or anyone picking up without a resale certificate will need to pay NJ Sales Tax.

Thanks for looking and be sure to call us at 201-879-0000 with any questions. 



SkyFi Audio is a small startup business specializing in the purchase, reconditioning, and reselling of select high-end audio equipment. We only buy equipment the we admire and are passionate about. No mid-fi, no gimmicks, no junk.

Each piece of equipment is cosmetically restored and fully tested in our well-equipped lab by an engineer with 30+ years of experience in the HiFi world. If it does not meet or exceed the original manufactures specifications, it will not be sold. We are very selective about the equipment we purchase, focusing on mostly analog, high-build quality, American, and European built units.

Through our sister company which is an authorized dealer for McIntosh, Audio Research, Sonus Faber, ClearAudio, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, and Sony ES, we have access to OEM parts, service, and support. If you’re local and looking for new equipment from the above-mentioned manufacturers, please drop us a line as we can arrange both sales and professional installation in the tri-state area.


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We accept trade-ins of equal or lesser value under certain conditions. Simply click here to submit your gear for full consideration. We will only consider high-end equipment from mainstream manufacturers such as McIntosh, Mark Levinson, Audio Research, Krell, etc. and will typically pass on displays, projectors, receivers, dated surround processors, and mid-fi equipment of any type. We will offer a fair value for your equipment, but keep in mind we’re running a business and will need to be able to resell the equipment at a profit after investing a great deal of time and resources in testing, certifying, repairing, cleaning, and packaging the incoming equipment. If you’re looking for top dollar, we suggest selling direct on your own.

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We are currently operating from our shop inside our dedicated building in Glen Rock, NJ. You’re welcome to make an appointment if there’s a piece of equipment you’d like to see in operation before or after purchase. We have several well-equipped and dedicated listening areas, plus a dedicated listening studio with tons of equipment of all makes and models. We’re not a store, so please don’t make an appointment if you’re just curious as to how a speaker or piece of equipment sounds. In essence - no tire kickers please.

You can call or text 201-879-0000 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. We can also arrange to install, calibrate, and tune your newly purchased gear in your listening room if you’re local to our area. This is super useful when purchasing large speakers or heavy amplifiers. It’s also great for ensuring your new turntable is setup correctly in its final resting place.


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