AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE 6SE LINE-STAGE
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 by every major critic as the best preamplifier available, and this tradition of excellence has continued ever since. The Reference Series from Audio Research was first introduced in 1995 and has been the ultimate representation of performance, musicality and dynamics. The Reference 6SE is the latest chapter in our story.
With a single gain stage, the 6SE is a fully-balanced, Class-A design with zero feedback. In addition to six long-life 6H30 tubes in the gain stage, the enormous and highly-regulated power supply has another 6H30 with a 6550 providing vacuum-tube regulation.
The Reference 6SE replaces the Reference 6 and offers the highest performance ever available in a single-chassis preamplifier. Benefitting from the development that went into the Reference 160-series amplifiers, and the latest Reference 750SEL, the 6SE incorporates a myriad of new parts that have been judiciously incorporated into its design. The final 6SE would not have been possible without these revolutionary amplifiers.
Regardless of the recording, the improvement in sound is immediate and compelling. Effortless, dynamic, and dimensional. The speed and resolution merge with musical color and textures that are both accurate and captivating.
Main output: 12dB Balanced output, 6dB SE output. Record out: 0dB (Processor input: 0dB BAL
120K ohms Balanced, 60K ohms SE. Inputs: 4 balanced, 4 single-ended. Assignable
600 ohms Balanced, 300 ohms SE Main (2). 20K ohms minimum load and 2000pF
maximum capacitance. Outputs (3): 2 main, 1 record out (XLR and RCA connectors).
(6)-6H30P dual triodes, plus (1 each) 6550WE and 6H30P in power supply.
Width: 19” (48 cm)
Height: 7.8” (19.8 cm)
Depth: 16.5” (41.9 cm)
Handles extend 1.6” (4 cm) forward of the front panel.
Weight: 37.5 lbs. (17 kg) Net; 49 lbs. (22.3 kg) Shipping