"Available for one year only"....that is because they will launch a Audio Research Reference Anniversary Mk2 pre-amp.
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Well, if the 40th Anniversary is THE LAST PREAMP, you'll have no need for the 50th Anniversary model.
For $25K.....yes, I can wait.
It was just a chuckle for me because after 35 years in this hobby, I know that there is no such thing as the LAST one of ANYTHING.......unless you are lying or dying. Anyone who thinks they are buying their last preamp is lying to themselves or planning on dying soon.
I remember what a ground breaking preamp the SP-10 was compared to the then current SP-6b,6c,6e and SP-8. There was really no comparison. The SP-10 just did everything spectacularly better. So I would assume the anniversary addition will do the same to the REF 3 and REF 5. If I only had the cash, I'd purchase one in a second!
Well---for those who are thinking of upgrading from a ref 110 to a ref 210 or a 610 to get more power and a more substantive midrange without losing holographics that ARC is famous for--JUMP NOW. Th Ref 40 does it all in spades. In the first hour of a 600 hour break in period, I am floored. As one who has had a ref 5 with a ref 110 and 210s in my system ( Sashas as speakers), the improvement in overall sound going from 110 to 210s was IMHO about 10% to 15%. But with Ref 40 and 110s is about 25% or 30% just out of the box. Trust all the great things you hear about the Ref 40. It's all true.
There has to be a successor. Technology marches on. If
is the last one, that would be tantamount to saying that it
can never get any better. The Ref 6, Ref 7, then they will
march out the Ref 8 stating that it surpasses the Ref
Anniversary 40 model. I don't have a problem with any of
If I start saving now, I can hope to pick up a Ref
Anniversary 40 model in five years for about $10k.
Oh, and yes, there WILL be a Reference Golden Anniversary
Edition preamp for the 50th anniversary. It will sell for
$35k, ($50k with optional 18k gold plated faceplates and
handles), it will be a big success and be worth every penny.
I'm going to start saving for mine now.
I am glad to read about the 40ref being that good!
Can we expect this design to trickle down to the lessor priced preamps?
Let's hope so.
If the sound of this ref offends very few and gets things so right ARC can build their line around such a successful product and be heralded as the best preamp company in the world. Everyone wins the hobbbyist and ARC.
Then we can read and hear about ARC like we do Bose, in Time magazine, in Best buy, in Metropolitan opera house, in PLayboy and audiophiles will finally be mainstream--(never but wishful thinking).
Can one company dominate in an area such as preamps? Hasn't ARC been a leader in the past?
"Wasn't CJ's ART preamp also priced at $25,000 way back when?"
The CJ ART started out at 15K around 1997. The last 25 (called the ART 3) were made around 2006-7 and went for 25K loaded with CJ's propiety teflon caps in them.
The TOTL AR and CJ's would be my top choices for tube preamps (chose the ARTs myself). No such thing as a "best" preamp but I would nominate both of these for some of the best ever.
Tmsorosk, Nice hi end stuff eh :-)