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    Join Date: Dec 2015

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    Default Audio Research Ref 75 amp FS

    I have a couple of things for sale at the moment, my Reed arm and Vida phonostage. This is because I need to raise 5k and it seemed the logical step to take, easy to ship and buy again. They are both game changers and real high end but even at my price are expensive for most folks. So, as I need to raise cash as quickly as possible I've decided to put my Audio Research Ref 75 up for sale. Gulp.

    I've had it since November of 2017 and it had a complete service and retube a short while ago and has been in storage most of the time since (I moved house). The service was 800Ä not including tubes. I believe I have the receipt for this in the box but if not will have it by email.

    It's been set up and running the last few weeks and is in A1 cosmetic and functional spec. It sounds great though the tubes have had very few hours on them.

    It has the original shipping boxes, paperwork etc. It also comes with Cardas RCA/Balanced input connectors (120Ä) so it can be used with a conventional preamp.

    The box is big and this beast is heavy. Shipping would be with UPS Priority fully insured and will not be cheap (it's the insurance). But this can be arranged separately once destination is known. If the buyer prefers a cheaper option it is their responsibility.

    There are a few for sale online and the average price is circa Ä5000. Mine comes with new tubes (300Ä), service (800Ä) and peace of mind that it's in perfect condition.

    I'd always wanted to own an Audio Research reference product, so this isn't a happy sale for me. But I need the cash, simple as. No I won't be replacing it for the foreseeable future - and I have no idea what it will be when I do.

    Looking for Ä3,900. PM if interested.
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    It's not often now that people are selling kit I genuinely believe would make it into my system but you sir, have listed something here that I think would make it in.

    What a superb amplifier and a respectable price too.

    Had I been sitting on £10k, you'd have three sales. The Vida, the Reed and this.

    GLWS.
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    3900 euros ! wow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    It's not often now that people are selling kit I genuinely believe would make it into my system but you sir, have listed something here that I think would make it in.

    What a superb amplifier and a respectable price too.

    Had I been sitting on £10k, you'd have three sales. The Vida, the Reed and this.

    GLWS.
    Thanks bigman.
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    A bargain for this Amp. A friend of mine uses this together with Ref pre amp on Triton Refs and it sounds marvelous way better then the older Ref amps.

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    The Ref75 is an Exceptional amplifier which can also run the newer KT150's, also an exceptional asking price IMO
    a shame that you have to part with it Adrian.
    Last edited by TheMooN; 21-01-2019 at 14:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMooN View Post
    The Ref75 is an Exceptional amplifier which can also run the newer KT150's, also an exception asking price IMO
    a shame that you have to part with it Adrian.
    Temporarily withdrawn whilst I examine my sanity...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMooN View Post
    The Ref75 is an Exceptional amplifier which can also run the newer KT150's, also an exceptional asking price IMO
    a shame that you have to part with it Adrian.
    Mr MooN
    Do you own a Ref75 by any chance ?
    I’ve read lots of opinion and chat regarding swapping out the Kt120’s for kt150’s in the standard ref75 without any mod’s.
    I still haven’t managed to speak directly to an owner who has actual experience of the swap.
    <a href=http://s36.photobucket.com/user/lauren1809/media/33A4D3D2-B423-47CD-BC7D-AC331E29C355_zpsj2tyfozt.jpg.html target=_blank><a href=http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e12/lauren1809/33A4D3D2-B423-47CD-BC7D-AC331E29C355_zpsj2tyfozt.jpg target=_blank>http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e1...psj2tyfozt.jpg</a></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old boy View Post
    Mr MooN
    Do you own a Ref75 by any chance ?
    Iíve read lots of opinion and chat regarding swapping out the Kt120ís for kt150ís in the standard ref75 without any modís.
    I still havenít managed to speak directly to an owner who has actual experience of the swap.
    To be honest I don't really see the advantage of swapping them. It sounds incredible as is
    IMO.
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