I am down sizing to an integrated, hence my selling this preamp, and my Reference 150SE
amplifier. Both provide an incredibly musical and detailed soundstage, the best that I have
ever heard in my home.
Form the Stereophile review:
The ARC's reproduction of timbres was
uncanny; it seemed to be painting the music with a tonal palette both
bolder and more nuanced than I'd heard before. Tonal colors were richer
and denser, harmonic structures more complex. With the Ref 5,
instruments sounded more like themselves, more alive. Violas were more
distinct from cellos and violins, and each woodwind retained more of its
inherent characteristics, whether it was the woody, airy tone of a
clarinet or the reedier buzz of an oboe. The rich way the Ref 5 SE
portrayed instruments also made it easier to discern individual
musicians in a chorus or orchestra, the differences in timbre and
texture enhancing the image specificity to create a nearly holographic
effect. With recording after recording, I noticed more complexity in
background voices and passages—and not just across the midrange, but
from the very bottom to the very top of the audioband, and across the
full range of volume, from the faintest pppp shadings to thundering ffff climaxes.
No marks on this unit. I just replaced a full set of tubes, now with 100 hours.
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