Audio ResearchReference CD-7usedAudio Research Reference CD-7, Tube, top Loading Ref CD Player and/or CD Transport:President Day Sale: As new Audio Research Reference CD7 Top Loading, Tube output, CD Player and/or CD Transport: Please see the updated pictures including the Internal tube Pictures showing the ...2700.00

Audio Research Reference CD-7, Tube, top Loading Ref CD Player and/or CD Transport:

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Ships fromLos Angeles, CA, 90077
Ships toUnited States and Canada
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Original accessoriesRemote Control, Box, Manual
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President Day Sale:

As new Audio Research Reference CD7 Top Loading, Tube output, CD Player and/or CD Transport:

Please see the updated pictures including the  Internal tube Pictures showing the 5881/ 6L6 sideways mounted tube:

Like New, has the stock "upgraded power supply", just aligned and set to top factory settings and comes with Factory Boxes, Service Manuel, Factory Remote and CD Puck & Power Cord.

No low offers considered.

All quality trades considered.

See: (Hi-Fi+) Review:
  • by Chris Binns
  • research-reference-cd7-cd-player/

The CD3 has proven to be one of the most respected, highly-praised CD players available anywhere. Nonetheless, we have been asked repeatedly when we might bring out an even higher-performance, Reference-level model to complement the CD3MKII.

Try as we might, it was not until we had the remarkable circuit of the REF3 preamp that we knew we had the missing link: a gain stage so pure and revelatory that it could finally push CD-player performance well beyond the limits of the CD3MKII. So, we are pleased to introduce the Reference CD7 vacuum-tube player / transport - the first digital product from Audio Research to justify the "Reference" badge.

Incorporating the strongest aspects of the CD3MKII - its rugged construction, the Philips Pro2 laser mechanism, the Crystal 24-bit DAC, its user-friendly menu of useful features and functions - the REF-CD7 breaks new ground with a gain stage taken directly from the REF3, incorporating the latest proprietary capacitor technology found only in Audio Research Reference components. Using four 6H30 triodes, the audio stage features high-voltage regulation using an additional three 6H30s, coupled to a massive power supply.

The extensively ventilated top-load chassis is just slightly deeper front-to-back than the CD3MKII. Height is unchanged to allow a wide range of shelf installation options, while a thicker front panel helps identify the REF-CD7 as a Reference product. Inputs, outputs and the accompanying remote are identical to the CD3MKII. The "standby" function on the CD3MKII is now a power on / off function on the REF-CD7, with an accompanying LED indicator on the front panel.

Given the CD3MKII's reputation for exceptionally musical performance, the logical question might be: "Is the REF-CD7 really that much better?" Yes it is, in every way. You will quickly discover that the REF-CD7 offers a sonic background that is quieter and blacker, thanks to noise and distortion figures that are significantly lower than those of the CD3MKII. Musical dynamics and sheer openness of the soundstage are also much improved, in part due to the massive power supply and carefully chosen parts. But you will also hear dynamic nuances that render small-ensemble recordings much more believable and vivid. Notes and sounds have more individual shape, body and location as they appear and recede. The soundstage expands and breathes as the recording calls for it. Bass response is massive, tuneful and controlled. The REF-CD7 simply has a natural speed and ease without coloration - it is truly like the REF3 in this regard. There is a weight and harmonic completeness one expects from a reference-level vacuum-tube product.

With other digital music formats losing support in the marketplace, we music lovers continue to add ever more redbook CDs to our collections. And what better way to bring those CDs alive than by retrieving their full musical potential and enjoyment through playback on the Reference CD7? With tens of thousands of dollars already invested in CDs, and many more yet to be purchased, it makes more sense than ever to bring out the best in your collection by investing in a CD player that performs musically beyond anything you have previously experienced. This is the heart of what the Reference CD7 is all about.

Information from ARC:
Analog outputs :
1. Balanced XLR 5.4V RMS (+14.6dBv) max. 2. Single-Ended RCA 2.7V RMS (+8.6dBv) max.
Output impedance :
(Analog) 660 ohms BAL, 330 ohms SE

Frequency response :
0.5-20,000Hz +0 -1dB
S/N ratio

Distortion :
.005% 1kHz

Channel separation :
95dB 1kHz

Resolution :

Digital outputs :
1. XLR Balanced AES/EBU 110-ohm 4V P-P. 2. BNC coax SPDIF 75-ohm 0.7V P-P.

Signal format :
Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz. Quantization Bit: 16bit linear per channel.

Channel bit rate :
4.3218Mb/sec. Channel modulation code: EFM (8-14 modulation). Error correction: CIRC (cross interleave Reed Solomon Code).

Drive mechanism :
Wow & Flutter: Unmeasurable (Quartz stability). Discs: Accepts 5" (12cm) and 3" (8cm) sizes.

Optical pickup :
Type: 3-beam LDGU (Laser Diode & Grating Unit), with holographic diffraction light pen. Laser: GaAIAs semiconductor, 780nm, 0.5mW maximum output. Servo: Digitally-controlled low-inertia linear positioning actuator.

Jitter reduction :
High-stability crystal-controlled re-clocking for all outputs.

Tube complement :
(7) 6H30

Power requirements :
100-135VAC 60Hz (200-270VAC 50/60Hz>, 120 watts maximum. (5 watts maximum when unit is turned off).

Other :
Detachable power cord.

Dimensions :
19" (48cm) W x 5 ¼" (13.4 cm) H x 15 ⅜" (39.0 cm) D. Handles extend 1 ½" (3.8 cm) forward of the front panel. Rear connectors extend ¾" (1.9 cm)

Weight :
32.5 lbs. (14.8 kg) Net; 43 lbs. (19.5 kg) Shipping.

Please Note: we are a Authorized Retail Dealer for Bowers & Wilkins,
Synergistic Research, Aqua, HIFI Rose, Bryston, REL, EAR Yoshino, Parasound, Pro-Ject, Marantz, Analysis Plus, and many others. We also specialize in Estate Sales & Purchases. Please contact us if you have an estate of audio gear that needs managing, purchasing or if you just have questions. We have a long history and very good at it; we will strive to make it easier for you. It is almost always best to give us a call.

* * * We are always interested in purchasing quality Audio items, LP collections and quality trades are welcomed. * *

Please call me directly in my world class showroom in Los Angeles weekdays:
from 11-3:00 PM (PST) @ 310-472-8880 or on my cell including weekends from 10-7:00 PM (PST) at 310-927-2260 and I can answer your questions and help you with all of your new and pre owned needs.


Weinhart Design has lots of other items new and used and if you’re in Los Angeles or visiting please accept my invitation to experience our World Class Audio Showroom by appointment and please visit our web site

We are always interested in purchasing quality Audio pieces, LP collections, and know we are specialists buying Audio Estates and most quality trades are welcomed.

All sales out of California are State Sales Tax exempt. California State Sales Tax of 9.5% applies for items picked up or shipped to a California address.

We accept payments by Bank Wire Transfers without fees and is the only form of payment on all sales out of the U.S. and Canada. We prefer this method of payment and also makes shipping to addresses other than billing OK.

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Making better sound one system at at a time,

David Weinhart
Weinhart Design, Inc.
President & CEO 

The Audio and Video Expert 
e: [email protected]

2337 Roscomare Road, Studio #1
Los Angeles, California 90077

Showroom: 310-472-8880
Cell: 310-927-2260

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