Audio Research (ARC) has announced updates to its highest-performance phono stage, the Reference Phono 3 phono preamplifier with the launch of the Reference Phono 3SE. Following the launch of the recent Reference (REF) 6SE line-stage preamplifier, ARC’s 50th Anniversary product line continues with a special edition update of the Ref Phono 3 Preamplifier.
The REF Phono 3SE ($17,000 USD) replaces the REF Phono 3, a product introduced in 2016. The knowledge gained in the creation of Audio Research’s Reference 160-Series amplifier has now transitioned to both reference preamplifiers, the REF6SE line-stage and the REF Phono 3SE phono-stage. The first production units will ship in March 2020.
Due to the extremely low-level nature of the signals involved in a phono stage, the component and wiring upgrades incorporated in the SE update combine to create an advancement in performance. Improvements include enhanced resolution at all levels, greater purity and focus, improved transient speed and snap, and increase in quality of dynamic shading. Externally, the only difference is that the back panel will indicate the unit’s name, Reference Phono 3SE.
The SE update will be available to current REF Phono 3 owners in May 2020, and can be installed through Audio Research in North America for $3000 USD. Authorized service centers in the rest of the world will be able to install the SE update kits in their respective countries.
For more information, visit http://audioresearch.com.