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    Join Date: Aug 2014

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    I'm Paul.

    Default The Stunning Audio Research Reference 160M Amplifiers Now on Permanent Demo!

    Hi All,

    Just a quick blog to say that we now have the new Audio Research 160M Valve Mono Blocks now on Permanent demo and I have to say I have never seen a cooler looking amp with their VU meters that can be switched off if required as it is projected onto the glass, I know it isn’t sound quality related but who said HiFi shouldn’t look great

    They use 4 x KT150 Valves each giving around 150 Watts Per Channel with also the option for Ultra-Linear or Triode mode and now with Auto Bias this is a very easy valve amp to live with.

    I have them set up in our Highend Room now to give them a chance to run in and they really do sound quite spectacular with our Reference 6 Preamp being fed by the dCS Rossini.

    Needless to say if you’d like to come in for a demo anytime please feel free, please find more information on our website below -

    http://hifilounge.co.uk/audio-research-Reference-160m

    Also please find a stunning review below from HiFi News -

    http://bit.ly/2unUVa0

    Finally here is a small video showing how cool they look





























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    Yup, seriously cool!

    Looking at the spec ...
    Really only 56lb each?
    Not that I can reach that far, either way - but is it £29k a monoblock or a pair?
    Jerry

    Qobuz 16/44 streaming, Topping D30 DAC with lpsu, Herron VTSP-2 valve preamp, Trigon TRE 50M monoblocks, MBL 116F speakers.

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    It does look a bit tasty.
    Martin



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    Spent ages looking at those meters at Munich. Got a super close up video somewhere.

    They are freaking slow. They don't really follow the dynamics of the music unless there is some other mode I didn't see that you can run them in.

    Initially I thought it was some clever LCD display. But the needle at least is a real mechanical analogue effort. You could see the mechanism at the base of the needle.

    Original looking though.
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    I'm George.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    Yup, seriously cool!

    Looking at the spec ...
    Really only 56lb each?
    Not that I can reach that far, either way - but is it £29k a monoblock or a pair?
    I think it is the pair, Jerry. But for us poor pensioners, it is rumoured there is a stereo version coming along.

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