March 26, 2020

Audio Research – New Reference Phono 3 Special Edition

REF Phono 3SE – Phono Stage $33,995
ARC’s 50th Anniversary product line continues with a special edition update of the Ref Phono 3 Preamplifier, available to order through all authorised Audio Research retailers.

The REF Phono 3SE replaces the REF Phono 3, a product introduced in 2016 that has been recognised and awarded internationally for its incredible performance. 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.

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 a startling 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. The sum of these improvements further breaks down the barrier between reproduced sound and the immediacy of a live event. 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. Authorised service centres will be able to install the SE update kits from May 2020.