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Details about  Audio Research (ARC) SP6F Legendary Tube Preamp w/Low Reserve

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Audio Research (ARC) SP6F Legendary Tube Preamp w/Low Reserve
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Item condition:
Jun 18, 2012
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US $1,415.00
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Item location:
New York, NY, United States


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Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
Type: Pre-Amp/Processor


Number of Channels: 2


Stereo Exchange Inc

Stereo Exchange Inc

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We’re Stereo Exchange, located in New York City. We've been in business since the 1970s and are a major high-end dealer. We have all the current top brands on display in our huge showroom.


What we have here is a used Audio Research preamp for sale. The SP6 series is a true classic, and really put ARC on the map for preamps.


If you have been searching for an SP6 in fantastic condition, your ship has come in!


I cannot find any visual imperfections of any significance to report on the piece other than a tiny nick on the far right edge of the faceplate (see photo).


This unit says SP6A REMANUFACTURED TO SP6F on the rear panel, and it is serial number 43417021.


We have tested it and it works very well. It sounds like an ARC preamp…warm and detailed with spectacular sound-staging.


Inside, about half the tubes say Audio Research on them, some are hard to read, and at least one says GE. We do NOT know who many hours are on the tubes, but the preamp sounds great and is VERY quiet…a good sign!


Audio Research products are truly handcrafted. The faceplate is heavy metal and the knobs are solid. The switches have a great heavy, positive “feel”. The volume control is of super high quality. Both channels “track” well for channel balance.


All the metalwork and the finish-work are top-notch.


The SP6 has plenty of inputs. There’s PHONO TUNER, TAPE, MONITOR , AUX1 and AUX2. Any of the inputs OTHER THAN PHONO may be used for a TV, DVD, CD player, IPOD, or computer.


There’s a front-panel MUTE switch, and a handy STEREO REVERSE position on the MODE selector switch for recordings with their channels reversed (quite common!).


There are FOUR AC power outlets on the rear panel, three of which are switched. The total power capacity is 1600 Watts. This means that almost all amps can be plugged into the rear outlet.


There is even a voltage selector switch on the rear panel, which is great if you may someday relocate overseas.


THE SOUND: ARC (Audio Research Corporation) products are known for being “high definition audio” in the true sense of the statement. Every tiny detail in the sound is clear, with low background noise levels and great dynamics. It was ARC, more than any other brand, that brought audiophiles back to tubes.


Audio Research is not high end; it’s SUPER high-end. Their products are cream-of-the-crop quality, and this used preamp is a great and “affordable” way to get into super-high-end performance. Expect incredible smoothness and detail.


High Definition Audio is what their products are about.


VISUAL CONDITION: Just great. There is one small nick on the far right side of the faceplate (see photo).


PRICING: We are setting the RESERVE low at only $688.00.


There is no Buy-It-Now. Just go ahead and bid!


It will be carefully packed so it arrives to you safely.  All the tubes have been removed and marked for location for safe shipping. They are inside the chassis in bubble wrap. Installing them will take 5 minutes. This is the proper way to ship an SP6.


Please give it a good home.


Things to know…


This item is USED with no warranty, refunds, or exchanges.

It has been tested.


We accept Paypal and all major credit cards for sales to the US.

We accept PAYPAL ONLY for sales to Canada.


We do NOT ship overseas.


Items sold to / shipped to within New York State, or picked up at the store, will be charged sales tax.


The above words are the property of KZ Consulting and are NOT to be copied.

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