In Excellent condition. 8 out of 10 due to age.
with all original packaging.
Award Winning Reference line by Audio Research.
All New Matched Tubes in both units ($3000 purchased direct from Audio Research) as well as two used C19 Shunyata power cables worth $2K!
also recently replaced (like new) Ref 3 Remote
This is a fantastic deal.
Reference 3 Preamp:
"Breakthrough" is an overused term, but it is the most fitting word to describe the REF3. As you can probably imagine, it is difficult to write about a new product like this without sounding clichéd, but the REF3 is so good that it is startling when you hear it in your system. How is its presentation superior to the great products that have preceded it? Simply, in every way. The REF3 is more musically transparent. It presents an immense soundstage that makes everything else sound one-dimensional. Voices and instruments have real body and weight, with pinpoint focus. The deep, powerful bass is fast, articulate, and controlled. It possesses a dynamic swing that is breathtaking. And, most importantly, there is a directness and immediacy that connects the listener with the performance. The results are simply thrilling.
Reference 110 Power Amplifier:
"Through the mids and into the upper bass, the Reference 110 sounded suave, even a touch rich, and absolutely engaging. Voices conveyed a full measure of the bodies from which they emanated, while drum strikes and plucked strings showed the transient speed needed to suspend disbelief." "'Huge -- in all dimensions,' say my listening notes about the Reference 110's soundstaging."
*The Reference 110 uses four output tubes per channel to deliver 110 watts of stereo power.