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REVIEW: Audio Research, Inc. LS16 Preamplifier (Tube)

Model: LS16
Category: Preamplifier (Tube)
Suggested Retail Price: $3,495.00
Description: vacuum tube stereo line
Manufacturer URL: Audio Research, Inc.
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Review by JD3 (A) on September 26, 2002 at 14:16:52
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Bought this Pre-Amp as an upgrade from the Audio Research LS9 to warm up the sound with some tubes. This unit has a nice Audio By-Pass (RCA only) for Surround Sound Processors to cut through to the main speakers. Been listening to mostly LP's of different time periods & most styles. Amazing detail in such recordings for example: Corsby, Still, Nash, & Young 1970 LP "Deja Vu", but almost to a fault to reveal bad recordings such as Tommy James 1968 LP "Crimson and Cover". The pre-amp could use a high end cut, or maybe its my Aragon 47 phono stage's fault? CD's sound sweet & warm with great sound stage. Best Pre-Amp for the price & will out preform many in its class. This Pre-Amp has 2 balance inputs & 2 balance outputs for those with few balance audio equipment. To get a balance Audio By-Pass, one has to buy the LS25 at an added $2000.00!!! OUCH. Therefore I can't image buying a better pre-amp because I haven't the stereo to match.

Product Weakness: warm up time
Product Strengths: non-interfering & smooth pre-amp

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: (2) Aragon Palladium mono blocks
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Audio Research LS16
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Sony XA7ES & Rega Planar 3
Speakers: (2) Martin Logan SL3
Cables/Interconnects: Harmonic Technology Pro-Silway MK II & Truth-Links
Music Used (Genre/Selections): All types except extreme pop or rap
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: Audio Research, Inc. LS16 Preamplifier (Tube) - JD3 14:16:52 09/26/02 (3)

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