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Old 10-16-2015, 11:52 PM
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And what is " premium 6H30" ?
In specifications, it says 6H30P.
The rest of specifications doesn't have anything special.
Just similar to any other ARC preamp.

Latest spec is now published on Mono Stereo News.
I hope they can apply this new circuit into true dual mono lie Ref40/10 without going 3 chassis.
I will be waiting.

Toga
On paper, the Ref 5 and 5SE looked nigh identical too as did the Ref3 before it.
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Old 10-17-2015, 03:50 AM
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Waiting for a call back from my dealer... ...tick tock tick tock
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Old 10-17-2015, 03:53 AM
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Email flyer ARC sent out:

Audio Research Reference 6

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Reference 6: The Next Level of High Definition«

Almost since the inception of the brand, Audio Research has produced some of the finest components for music reproduction; this is especially true with regard to preamplifiers. In 1973, the SP3 was hailed as the best preamplifier available, and this tradition of excellence has continued ever since. The Reference Series from Audio Research was first introduced in 1995 and has been the ultimate representation of performance, musicality and power. The Reference 6 is the latest chapter of our story.

The Reference 6 is not simply a market-driven product, but rather, a solution to a need which arose after the creation of the Reference SE Series amplifiers. According to Warren Gehl, who is responsible for sonic development of all Audio Research products, the new series of Reference amplifiers offer a level of musical and dynamic capability only made apparent when using the flagship, two-chassis Reference 10 preamplifier. Both preamplifiers of the Reference Series need the ability to provide the full benefit of this new sonic landscape. Increasing the tube count to six in the analog section, and advancements in the power supply improved both macro- and microdynamics and lowered distortion. The Reference 6 also offers better bass control, relaxed purity and more dimensionality. Further improvements include a more grainless presentation, greater transparency, better speed, and more continuity across the musical spectrum. Quite simply, the Reference 6 improves upon its predecessor in every way for a more palpable and immediate musical performance.

Numerous elements – transformers, capacitors, wiring – are designs exclusive to Audio Research and the Reference 6. A completely new chassis has allowed not only a more beautiful aesthetic, but also provides more structural rigidity to assist in the dissipation of electrical and mechanical interferences. Six premium 6H30 tubes are now used in the audio circuit (increased from four tubes in the Reference 5SE) to provide an even quieter background and increased dynamic range. The tube-regulated power supply is also a new design for improved sonics. New circuit boards, circuit designs, and larger power transformer have been implemented to provide robustness and serviceability. A new volume control with finer step gradation andhigher performance completes the system.

The Reference 6 will prove to be an eye-opener, both sonically and visually. The first units, available in natural anodized aluminum with acrylic cover, begin shipping in November. Experience the next level of High Definition«.

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Old 10-17-2015, 03:58 AM
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Old 10-17-2015, 04:15 AM
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Some more photos from Mono and Stereo with golden coloured capacitors:





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Some Reference 6 specifications too:

Frequency Response: +0-3dB, 0.5Hz to 200kHz at rated output (Balanced, 200k ohms load).
Distortion: Less than .01% at 2V RMS BAL output.
Gain: Main output: 12dB Balanced output, 6dB SE output.
Record out: 0dB (Processor input: 0dB SE output).
Input Impedance: 120K ohms Balanced, 60K ohms SE. Inputs 4 balanced, 4 single-ended. Assignable processor passthrough.
Output Impedance: 600 ohms Balanced, 300 ohms SE Main (2). 20K ohms minimum load and 2000pF maximum capacitance. Outputs (3): 2 main, 1 record out (XLR and RCA connectors).
Output Polarity: Non-inverting.
Maximum Input: 20V RMS BAL, 10V RMS SE.
Rated Outputs: 2V RMS (1V RMS SE) into 200K ohm bal- anced load (maximum balanced output capability is 30V RMS at less than 0.5% THD at 1kHz).
Crosstalk: -80dB or better at 1kHz and 10 kHz.
Controls: Rotary encoders: Volume (103 steps), Select Input. Push Buttons: Power, Proc, Menu, Enter, Mono, Invert, Mute.
Power Supplies: Electronically regulated low and high voltage supplies. Automatic 45 sec. warm-up/brown-out mute. Line regulation better than .01%.
Noise: 1.7uV RMS residual IHF weighted balanced equiv- alent input noise with volume at 1 (109dB below 2V RMS output.)
Tube Complement: (6)-6H30P dual triodes, plus (1 each) 6550C and 6H30P in power supply.
Power Requirements: 100-135VAC 60Hz (200-270VAC 50/60Hz) 130 watts. Standby: 2 watts.
Dimensions:
Width Height Depth
19” (48 cm) 7.8” (19.8 cm) 16.5” (41.9 cm)
Handles extend 1.6” (4 cm) forward of the front panel.
Weight: 36.5 lbs. (16.6 kg) Net; 53 lbs. (24 kg) Shipping.

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Looks nice. I know the design will be somewhat polarizing but to me, it's an updated design that would look great with the GS150. This would be a fantastic combo.
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I like the new look but I do miss the classic ARC aluminum knobs.....
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Looks nice. I know the design will be somewhat polarizing but to me, it's an updated design that would look great with the GS150. This would be a fantastic combo.
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Spoke to my dealer and asked if it can be ordered without the handles. Me want, the 5SE with the GS150 is driving me crazy because it doesn't match.

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