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Reference 6SE Line-Stage (Silver)

by Audio Research
2-Channel Tube Preamplifier


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 being the best preamplifier available, and this tradition of excellence has continued ever since then. The Reference Series from Audio Research was first introduced in 1995 & has been the ultimate representation of performance, musicality and power. The Reference 6SE is the latest chapter of our story.

The Reference 6SE 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 the sonic development of all Audio Research products), the new series of Reference amplifiers offers a level of musical & 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 6 in the analog section, in conjunction with advancements in the power supply, has improved both macro- and micro-dynamics, plus lowered distortion.

It also offers better bass control, relaxed purity and more spatial property. Further improvements include a more grain-less presentation, greater transparency, better speed, and more continuity across the musical spectrum. Quite simply, the Reference 6SE 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 & the Reference 6SE.

Many component & wiring upgrades create an immediate sonic impact, providing higher resolution, greater transparency, better focus, & effortless dynamics that draw the listener into the musically rich soundscape. Regardless of the system into which it is mated, the REF6SE provides exciting new insights into recordings.

XLR & RCA Inputs/Outputs