Europese introductie van de REF250 mono eindversterkers van Audio Research — Introduction européenne du REF250 amplificateurs mono d’Audio Research


Audio Research heeft afgelopen weekend op Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011 de nieuwe REF250 mono eindversterkers geïntroduceerd, dit weekend vindt de Europese introductie plaats bij Rhapsody. Met grote dank aan Technology Factory Antwerpen die zijn aanstaande REF250 versterkers hiervoor ter beschikking heeft gesteld. De eerder aangekondigde REF150 eindversterker moet hiervoor even wijken. Sorry folks! Maar … de REF150 wordt in Utrecht ingezet door art’s Excellence bij hun demonstraties met de WB luidsprekers. Dus, als U toch onderweg bent: twéé vliegen in één klap!

Robert Harley van The Absolute Sound naar aanleiding van de show van het afgelopen weekend:

Another auspicious product debut came from Audio Research in the form of the Reference 250 monoblock amplifiers. This all-new, ground-up design of the amplifier that replaces the Reference 210 in the line features newly developed audio circuits, KT-120 output tubes, a 50% bigger power supply than its predecessor, quieter fans, and analog front-panel meters. ARC claims that the Reference 250 sounds better than even the company’s fabulous (and now discontinued) Reference 610T. The Reference 250 sounded absolutely magnificent driving Vandersteen 7 loudspeakers through AudioQuest interconnects and cables in the room of Colorado retailer The Audio Alternative. The system had a seamless coherence, liquidity of timbre, and superb resolution. This room was one of my two best sounds at the show.

Naar aanleiding van berichtgeving door Robert Harley, reageerde een van de eerste REF250 eigenaren in de USA als volgt:

REF250 Owner — Thu, 10/20/2011 – 13:24

Well I have had the REF 250s for a month and half now. They have replaced my McIntosh MC2301s. I am driving NOLA Baby Grands and they are truly remarkable amps. The difference between the McIntosh and the AR is not a subtle one. I am glad you guys heard what I have been experiencing now for awhile. This product is a real winner.

The other nice thing about the amp is that it doesn’t take forever to “warm-up” and within 5 minutes of turning them on, they are indeed sounding very very good. Also, despite the warning of needing 600 hours of burn in, I am happy to tell everyone that the after just 50 hours of burn in, the amps really came alive. I have not noticed any significant difference since the 50 hour mark.

Robert Harley — Thu, 10/20/2011 – 15:14

It’s good to get feedback from someone who has lived with the amplifier. That’s particularly good news about the warm-up. I had the Reference 600s for more than a year, and they took quite a while to reach their potential. That was an amazing amplifier.

REF250 owner — Thu, 10/20/2011 – 21:09

I think the REF250s are a real turning point for Audio Research. When I was auditioning the Baby Grands, it was with the McIntosh MC2301s vs the REF210. I thought the REF210 was very good, but that the McIntosh better. The good news is that the Macs still command very good money on the used market. The better news was just how amazing these new REFs turned out to be. Few times do I get more than what I anticipated and this was one of them. It is great to see Audio Research sticking to their roots.

Wel, al met al verrassend veel goed nieuws en een extra reden om dit weekend bij Rhapsody langs te gaan.

Lors du Rocky Mountain Audio fest 2011, la semaine dernière, Audio Research a présenté le nouveau REF250 amplificateur mono. Ce weekend Rhapsody a la primeur de la présentation européenne, et avec un grand merci à Technology Factory d’Anvers qui a prêté ses amplificateurs REF250. L’amplificateur REF150 qui avait été annoncé devra donc attendre. Désolé ! Mais… le REF150 sera présenté à Utrecht par art’s Excellence avec les enceintes WB. Alors deux visites s’imposent…

Les propos de Robert Harley de The Absolute Sound après le show de ce weekend :

Another auspicious product debut came from Audio Research in the form of the Reference 250 monoblock amplifiers. This all-new, ground-up design of the amplifier that replaces the Reference 210 in the line features newly developed audio circuits, KT-120 output tubes, a 50% bigger power supply than its predecessor, quieter fans, and analog front-panel meters. ARC claims that the Reference 250 sounds better than even the company’s fabulous (and now discontinued) Reference 610T. The Reference 250 sounded absolutely magnificent driving Vandersteen 7 loudspeakers through AudioQuest interconnects and cables in the room of Colorado retailer The Audio Alternative. The system had a seamless coherence, liquidity of timbre, and superb resolution. This room was one of my two best sounds at the show.

Après la parution du message de Robert Harley, un des premiers proprietaires aux USA du REF250 a réagi :

REF250 Owner — Thu, 10/20/2011 – 13:24

Well I have had the REF 250s for a month and half now. They have replaced my McIntosh MC2301s. I am driving NOLA Baby Grands and they are truly remarkable amps. The difference between the McIntosh and the AR is not a subtle one. I am glad you guys heard what I have been experiencing now for awhile. This product is a real winner.

The other nice thing about the amp is that it doesn’t take forever to “warm-up” and within 5 minutes of turning them on, they are indeed sounding very very good. Also, despite the warning of needing 600 hours of burn in, I am happy to tell everyone that the after just 50 hours of burn in, the amps really came alive. I have not noticed any significant difference since the 50 hour mark.

Robert Harley — Thu, 10/20/2011 – 15:14

It’s good to get feedback from someone who has lived with the amplifier. That’s particularly good news about the warm-up. I had the Reference 600s for more than a year, and they took quite a while to reach their potential. That was an amazing amplifier.

REF250 owner — Thu, 10/20/2011 – 21:09

I think the REF250s are a real turning point for Audio Research. When I was auditioning the Baby Grands, it was with the McIntosh MC2301s vs the REF210. I thought the REF210 was very good, but that the McIntosh better. The good news is that the Macs still command very good money on the used market. The better news was just how amazing these new REFs turned out to be. Few times do I get more than what I anticipated and this was one of them. It is great to see Audio Research sticking to their roots.

Des nouvelles vraiment surprenantes et une raison de plus d’aller visiter Rhapsody ce weekend.

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More than 40 years of being with and in the world of high-end audio equipment. As distributor of Krell, Sonus Faber, Cello, Conrad-Johnnson and many more, initiator of brands like Kiseki, Cogelco, AH!, PrimaLuna, Mystère and maybe more to follow.
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