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Old 11-18-2013, 04:31 PM
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Default ARC LS15 >> ARC LS16 MkII

I have been using a LS15 for several years now and had the chance to pick up a LS 16MkII for a good price. This was due to a recommendation from the head tech at ARC when I called in regards to LS15 upgrades. The LS16 MKII uses the same topography of the newer higher end models based on the 6H30 tubes. I should recieve it in the next few days, and will let you know my impressions.

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Old 11-18-2013, 05:02 PM
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Jim.......Should be a nice move up. Looking forward to your impressions.



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Old 11-18-2013, 10:10 PM
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Thanks, I'll let you know this weekend.
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Main Rig > Audio Research LS17SE - MS Phonomena II+ (mono Arm), PS Audio GCPH (stereo arm), Phonomena II+ (TD-125MkII), updated Aragon 4004 MkII(2) (Bass panels, and Subs), Quicksilver M60 MonoBlocks (EL34L Blue bottle) (midrange panels) Quicksilver Mini Mono Blocks (Svetlana EL34) (Ribbons) Beringer DCX2496 (analog outputs/power supply upgrades by Selectronic of France) - NHT X1 Crossovers, Clearaudio Solution w/Master Solution upgrades/Audiomods Series 5/ZYX R100 Yatra, Jelco 750L/Ortofon 2m Mono, Thorens TD125MkII/ClearAudio Verify CF/Shelter 501 II Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD, Teac A4300 R2R, Dell Laptop w/Meridian Explorer DAC, Maple Framed Magnepan MGIIIa(tri-amped), NHT W2 Sub(2)
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After a few weeks with the LS16 MkII in the main system here are my impressions. More definition and body in the bottom end, Mids seem a bit more silky and liquid, and the top end is fast, accurate, open with lots of air. The sound stage is wider and deeper with better imaging. I am sure that the gentleman who purchased my LS15 will be delighted, but this preamp is a definite step in the right direction in terms of musicality, speed, and definition. I'm delighted so far, and will look to climb the ladder again once my daughter's April wedding is funded. :^)
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Main Rig > Audio Research LS17SE - MS Phonomena II+ (mono Arm), PS Audio GCPH (stereo arm), Phonomena II+ (TD-125MkII), updated Aragon 4004 MkII(2) (Bass panels, and Subs), Quicksilver M60 MonoBlocks (EL34L Blue bottle) (midrange panels) Quicksilver Mini Mono Blocks (Svetlana EL34) (Ribbons) Beringer DCX2496 (analog outputs/power supply upgrades by Selectronic of France) - NHT X1 Crossovers, Clearaudio Solution w/Master Solution upgrades/Audiomods Series 5/ZYX R100 Yatra, Jelco 750L/Ortofon 2m Mono, Thorens TD125MkII/ClearAudio Verify CF/Shelter 501 II Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD, Teac A4300 R2R, Dell Laptop w/Meridian Explorer DAC, Maple Framed Magnepan MGIIIa(tri-amped), NHT W2 Sub(2)
Vintage > Yamaha C70 preamp, Yamaha T70 Tuner, Acurus A200, Modified Thorens TD160/Project 9CC/Ebony nude Denon DL103, , Marantz SA8003 SACD, Yamaha NS690 MkI

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Congrats on the new preamp. I purchased the LS15 when it was first released. Just recently I got a REF5SE to replace it. Yes, I know all about placebos but it's easy to hear the difference. My wife can hear the difference, and she has zero interest in music or high end audio. No doubt ARC has made progress, albeit with a hefty price tag. It will be sad to see the LS15 go, but I'm sure like yours it will find a good home.

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I can assure you that the next owner will love the LS15, as it is a great preamp. Your new preamp must sound amazing!
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Main Rig > Audio Research LS17SE - MS Phonomena II+ (mono Arm), PS Audio GCPH (stereo arm), Phonomena II+ (TD-125MkII), updated Aragon 4004 MkII(2) (Bass panels, and Subs), Quicksilver M60 MonoBlocks (EL34L Blue bottle) (midrange panels) Quicksilver Mini Mono Blocks (Svetlana EL34) (Ribbons) Beringer DCX2496 (analog outputs/power supply upgrades by Selectronic of France) - NHT X1 Crossovers, Clearaudio Solution w/Master Solution upgrades/Audiomods Series 5/ZYX R100 Yatra, Jelco 750L/Ortofon 2m Mono, Thorens TD125MkII/ClearAudio Verify CF/Shelter 501 II Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD, Teac A4300 R2R, Dell Laptop w/Meridian Explorer DAC, Maple Framed Magnepan MGIIIa(tri-amped), NHT W2 Sub(2)
Vintage > Yamaha C70 preamp, Yamaha T70 Tuner, Acurus A200, Modified Thorens TD160/Project 9CC/Ebony nude Denon DL103, , Marantz SA8003 SACD, Yamaha NS690 MkI
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