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Featuring four inputs, each having the option of single ended RCA or balanced XLR connectors makes the REF 6 one of the most versatile linestages going.
Two sets of RCA and XLR variable outputs are joined by a fixed level, record out option – handy for those either stepping up to the tape game or digitizing some of their favorite music.
ARC’s new chassis design was engineered for two reasons.
First, ARC is updating the aesthetic of the Ref line.
12 volt trigger and RS-232 interfaces are also available for those wanting to tie everything together, or in a custom install situation.
Music to my ears When the power button is depressed, the REF 6 kicks into a 45-second warm-up mode, bringing the tubes up to temperature slowly, maximizing their lifespan.
The visual design of the REF 6 comes straight from the desk of Livio Cucuzza and his team, the ones responsible for the trend setting aesthetic of the highly popular G-Series.Based heavily on what was learned creating the two chassis, Reference 10 flagship, makes for a major jump in performance over the outgoing REF 5/5SE, an award winning linestage in its own right.More than a pretty face On the outside, the REF 6 sports some eye-catching changes.Tastefully integrating style cues from the past models with a more modern look and better finish work, Audio Research components finally look as good as they sound.ARC’s team also built in a greater level of structural rigidity intended to “assist in the dissipation of electrical and mechanical interferences.” Immediately evident is the beautifully milled faceplate, available in either an anodized back finish or the natural aluminum finish of our review sample.