I bought my dream preamp this week...

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  1. Artisan Fan

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    Picked up an Audio Research Ref 3 this week. Sounds wonderful. Dead silent in spite of being all tube, Class A, zero feedback design.

    Here are some pics:

    Front faceplate. There is about a 2" size volume number in green vacuum flourescent when turned on so you can easily control and see volume from across the room. All inputs are swtichable and it has a mono and invert polarity button on the remote.

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    You can see the 6H30 "supertube" (4) in this picture. There are four (!) vertical circuit boards. All inputs and outputs are balanced or SE switchable by remote.

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    Upgraded power regulation tube to a NOS Tung-Sol 6550:

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    I've been dreaming of purchasing this for some time. This preamp redefined line stage design when it came out. Next up will be a Ref 150 power amp in a year or two depending on how reasonable used prices get.

    I'm running this now with an Audio Research VT-100 tube amp and Magnepan 1.7 speakers. A terrific sound combination. Sources are CD, hirez files via Mac Mini, SACD, DVD-Audio, and LP.
     
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    nooooice.
     
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    :cheers:
     
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    Thomas Senior member

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    dude, where are all the buttons and knobs?

    silliness aside, that looks like some serious engineering in there. Nice going.
     
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    :laugh: I know right? No tone controls! What was I thinking?!
     

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