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docdan50 09-06-2019 09:34 AM

ARC Ref 160S
 
I received my new amplifier yesterday. It replaces a vt80se. My initial impressions are better bass and a more immersive soundstage. I am using a Ref 6 and SashaDaw speakers. I like the look and the meters are a nice touch. No more worries about adjusting bias. It sounds good out of the box and should only improve with time.

2fastdriving 09-06-2019 10:55 AM

Congrats! I'm sure it will be great. If anyone compares this against a gs150, I would like to hear about it. I really doubt it would be worth it for me to go from the gs150 to the ref160s, but I'm curious.

scirica 09-06-2019 02:17 PM

Dan: Congrats! Can't wait to hear your system!!

Steve

joey_v 09-06-2019 04:26 PM

We should organize a docdan listening session

edward3132 09-06-2019 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by joey_v (Post 978747)
We should organize a docdan listening session

:thumbsup::thumbsup:

docdan50 09-07-2019 09:01 PM

Ok with me. My wife has choir practice on Monday and Tuesday nights. She also has her book club the last Wednesday of the month.

SL1800 09-14-2019 09:37 PM

Congrats!! I wish I could hear one compared to my GS150

djcxxx 10-07-2019 08:54 AM

Took delivery of 160S on Friday. Paired w/ LS28 in second system. Too soon for serious evaluation of performance, but I am disappointed the fan is so intrusive even at low setting at 10 feet. Not sure yet what I think about the meters. Awaiting delivery of CD6SE to complete stack. Listening to old CD player in meantime. Will post pictures and more impressions.

schneice 10-07-2019 09:35 AM

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Originally Posted by djcxxx (Post 981742)
Took delivery of 160S on Friday. Paired w/ LS28 in second system. Too soon for serious evaluation of performance, but I am disappointed the fan is so intrusive even at low setting at 10 feet. Not sure yet what I think about the meters. Awaiting delivery of CD6SE to complete stack. Listening to old CD player in meantime. Will post pictures and more impressions.



Unfortunately I think the fan bit is theme with ARC. I’ve had the conversation with the factory on my 250s. They claim they cannot hear them from their listening position. But I can from mine. They must have a lot of background noise in there test room. There are more premium /quieter fans that move the same volume of air on the market. Wish they’d spend $10 more an amp to address this.

2fastdriving 10-07-2019 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by schneice (Post 981746)
Unfortunately I think the fan bit is theme with ARC. I’ve had the conversation with the factory on my 250s. They claim they cannot hear them from their listening position. But I can from mine. They must have a lot of background noise in there test room. There are more premium /quieter fans that move the same volume of air on the market. Wish they’d spend $10 more an amp to address this.

Exactly. I just had a conversation with Dave Gordon about this, and his only suggestion was that i make lots of room above the amp and either remove the cover or put fans on low, and/or put fans in my cabinet instead. They don't think you can hear the fans but yes, you can.


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