Audio Research Ref75 se

Hey there! I’m new here :)

I have Vandersteen speakers model 2Ce.

now I came across a solid deal for an ARC ref75se.

sadly I can’t hear them combined, and a friend of mine told me it might wont have enough power to run my Vandys to their best since they are 86dB.

also if it can be a good combo for the vandy sound wise .

any suggestion about that would help, if not I have an other deal for Asthetix Mimas which I heard and was decent.. but I really like Arc and from what I read 75se is a superb amp, and I can get them for the same price.


thanks for the help!


I would say its hard to go wrong with 75SE. Even if it doesn't work out, resale of it vs other brands would be easy and most likely quickly.

It should  sounds great, as long as you don’t want to listen too loud. Vandersteen and ARC are frequently paired  together. In fact, I’d say that the amplifier is “better“ than the speakers, Meaning if you wanted to upgrade to a pair of Trio CTs, for example, the amp would still be fine.


as others have said, ref75se is a terrific, absolutely top drawer amp

whether it will drive vandy 2ce’s depends on room and listening level - in most normal cases it should do just fine

that said, as paul mentioned above, for the vandy 2ce (sigs i hope) i would err on the side of a nice solid state amp (think hegel, ayre, belles, pass labs) - the ref 75se isn’t ideally suited and frankly it is a class above the speaker and not a glove fit (better for higher efficiency higher impedance speakers imho)... you’d also save a grand or two and have as good if not better sound (especially in the bass region)

for vandy's i would err on the side of a nice solid state amp

Ditto, and I'm a tube guy.