Reference Mark 2 is nice but like all AR gear is overpriced.
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Yes, you are right-I really meant the Cabernet.My question still remains. I have no agenda either way ; I clearly have no problem with ARC gear as can be seen from the rest of my system.I was hoping that someone with greater experience than me would be able to proffer some ideas on the sonic differences between the two. Looks are totally irrelevant as are marketing strategies of companies.I just want to become a bit more involved with music ; something the LS15 is just holding back.
"overhyped and overrated line stages on the market."
You shouldn't be surprised unless you're unaware of Supratek, Joule, BAT, VAC, and Aesthetix. ARC made its best gear in the mid 70s-early 80s and should have died with disco. Have you seen the hundred or so units for sale on Audiogon? Word is getting around I guess.
The Supratek Cabernet at $5K destroys the Ref 2 Mk2 at half the price. All of the manufacturers listed above have products priced below the Ref 2 Mk2 that are better from design, build quality and sonic standpoints.
In your own words "Wow"
Yep "word must be getting out........." PLEASE...... There are so many Ref 2's out there now because ARC is just releasing the REF 3. Here's the link: http://www.arcdb.ws/REF3/REF3.html Obviously you don't like ARC and you are entitled to your opinion...... Unfortunately, everyone can see through your mindless claims.
>> Unfortunately, everyone can see through your mindless claims.<<
Hey I didn't insult you did I? But now I will. They are not mindless claims but you would hear the difference if you dumped those goofy 1.6 'pans. Mindless speakers indeed.
>> I have heard BAT 51SE vs Ref 2 mk 2 and IMO the ARC blow the BAT away<<
Perhaps with certain other components this could be but the Joule, Supratek, and even the Atma-Sphere MP-1 will smoke the ARC.
That's a tough one.Both aregreat units. I would probably lean slightly to the Supratek but would be happy with either. The ARC is a lively, super-detailed, exciting sound, if that helps. Some have said the sound can wear on you at times.
Muse Model 10 CD/DVD
VPI HW-19 with Sumiko FT-3 arm & various catridges
Phono preamp: Creek, looking for new one
Aesthetix Calypso tube line stage
mono pair of BAT VK-60 tube amps
Quad 989 speakers
Vandersteen 2Wq, stereo pair of subs
Various wires and accessories
Just curious, can you give us any facts on how the Supratek, Joule, BAT, VAC, and Aesthetix have better design and build quality than the ARC Red 2 Mk2? I've seen the ARC Refs inside and out and they are built exquisitely (not to mention they are backed by some of the friendliest and most responsive service in the audio industry). Everyone's entitled to their sonic preferences, but what exactly makes all those other products better in terms of design and build quality?