As part of our expansion plans I am really pleased to announce that we have now added Audio Research to our portfolio and along with dCS and Wilson Audio this now completes our line up of new Highend Brands that will hopefully add another string to HiFi Lounge’s bow :-)
In reality Audio Research really do not need any introduction as they are one of the most respected, established and oldest manufacturers of Audio Components trading today and are credited by many as the founders of the ‘Highend Audio’ world that we now enjoy. They were founded in 1970 by William Z. Johnson and are located in Minnesota, USA and are known best for their preference of the use of Vacuum Tubes for their Class A amplifier designs.
More importantly though Audio Research is all about making HiFi that their owners will really enjoy and be proud to own, they only bring new equipment to market when there are true advances in technology and produce some of the most musically engaging products available that constantly get glowing reviews worldwide. Audio Research really do sum up everything that is great about Highend Audio offering beautifully made products that push the boundaries but they always put the music first and foremost so it really is an honour to add their products to our lineup.
We have decided to jump in at the top of the tree with Audio Research by putting their Reference line on demo so for now we have the Reference 75SE power amp, Reference CD9 CD Player / DAC and Reference 6 Pre-amp. The Audio Research lineup is pretty straightforward nowadays with 3 clear lines, the new Foundation series which is the entry lever for AR,then there is the mid level G Series and then the Reference lineup, once our bank balance has recovered a little from buying all this new kit I will look to bring on the Foundation Series Pre / Power and the G Series integrated GSi75.
I have spent that last few hours un-boxing our new AR demo kit and installing all the Valves, its a tough life :-) so below are a few pictures, probably too many to be honest, then once I get to 5.30pm tonight I will be having a good listen, I have been reading reviews about AR for years with it always being described as the most natural and realistic sounding HiFi there is so I really can’t wait to find this out for myself.
Obviously it goes without saying if Audio Research is something you’d like to demo at any time please come in for a listen, I really can’t wait until our new Highend Audio Showroom is complete in a couple of months so that we can put our AR demo kit in pride of place :-)
Another tough day at the office :-)
Reference 6 Pre-Amplifier Un-boxing
Reference CD9 CD Player / DAC Un-Boxing
Reference 75 SE Power Amplifier Un-boxing
Time to Install The Valves into the Ref 75 SE.
Next the Ref 6
Time to get it all hooked up -
Phew, well I think that is enough pictures for anyone :-)