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Audio Research Phono Reference 2

6 550 €

(PVP: 12 000 €)

For sale this this excellent phono preamp  of the renowned American brand.
The feature set of the Reference Phono 2 is extensive. There are two separate sets of inputs, with gain selectable between Low (51dB BAL / 45dB SE) and High (74dB BAL / 68dB SE). There is a choice of seven loading selections including 47K, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 ohms, and Custom, which we can factory-set according to your need. (If not specified, the Custom load is 47K.) In addition to standard RIAA phono equalization, the Reference Phono 2 also includes early stereo Columbia and Decca equalization curves. The display will show all selected functions (Input, Gain, Loading, EQ, Mute, Tube Hours), and its intensity can be adjusted to one of six levels, plus off. When the display is off, nine small pixels will remain lit in the center as a discreet reminder that the unit is powered on-touch any button, and the display comes on for ten seconds. The microprocessor will remember the independent settings for each input, and the supplied remote will control all of these functions.

The Reference Phono 2 is a fully balanced design with an input circuit that allows its RCA inputs to operate in a balanced configuration without requiring an inverter. It shares the same tube complement as the Reference 3 and Reference 5 line-stages, and also the Reference CD8 compact disc player; four 6H30s in the gain stage with a 6550C and 6H30 in the power supply. The Reference Phono 2 also features the same basic analog stage as its acclaimed siblings. Rather than using a step-up transformer, special high-gain, extremely low-noise FETs are used in the high-gain section. This approach is costlier than using a transformer, but it is well worth it for the dramatic increase in performance. There are new, proprietary capacitors throughout, the transformers are new, and there are eleven stages of power supply regulation.


Connections on the rear panel include two sets of RCA inputs with ground post, XLR and RCA outputs, and a 20A IEC connector.

Here you can read a review in The Audio Beat that conclude: Audio Research engineers have achieved a balance of technologies that avow genuine sonic realism. Appropriate to the quality of each LP’s recording, the Reference Phono 2 preserved music’s rhythmic life, detail, and dynamic flux. Previously obscure lyrics became clear. Harmonic insight, texture and pitch accuracy earned top marks.


Used. Excellent  condition. Less 2500 hours. With original box, remote, manual....  220V



Here you can find the owner's manual.


FREQUENCY RESPONSE: ±.2dB of RIAA, 10Hz to 60kHz; 3 dB points below 0.5Hz and above 300kHz.
DISTORTION: .002% at 1.0V RMS 1kHz BAL output.
GAIN: Selectable 51dB (Low), 74dB (High) at 1kHz BAL; 45dB (Low), 68dB (High) at 1kHz SE. (MC & MM compatible).
BUTTONS: Front (6) Power, Input, Gain, Load, RIAA, Mute.
Remote adds “Hours” and “Display”.
INPUT IMPEDANCE: 47K ohms and 100pF SE. Additional selectable loads: 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 ohms and Custom. (Custom loading value is factory set at 47K ohms unless specified otherwise.)
PHONO EQUALIZATION: (Selectable) RIAA, Columbia, Decca.
POLARITY: Non-Inverting.
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: 200 ohms SE, 400 ohms balanced. Recommended load 50K-100K ohms and 100pF. (10K ohms minimum and 2000pF maximum.)
MAXIMUM INPUTS: 250mV RMS at 1kHz (680 mV RMS at 10kHz).
RATED OUTPUTS: 0.5V RMS 10Hz to 20kHz, 100K ohm load (output capability is 80V RMS BAL output at 1/2% THD at 1kHz, 40V SE.)
POWER SUPPLIES: Electronically-regulated low and high voltage supplies. Line regulation better than .01%.
NOISE: 0.22uV equivalent input noise, IHF weighted, shorted (Low Gain) input (73 dB below 1mV 1kHz input). 0.055uV equivalent input noise (High Gain) (65dB below 0.1mV 1kHz input).
TUBE COMPLEMENT: (4) 6H30 dual triodes, plus (1 each) 6H30, 6550C in power supply.
POWER REQUIREMENTS: 100-135VAC 60Hz (200-270VAC 50/60Hz) 140 watts maximum. 2W standby. Line fuse 5A SLO BLO (T2A SLO BLO 230V).
DIMENSIONS:19" (48 cm) W x 7" (17.8 cm) H (standard rack panel) x 15.5" (39.4 cm) D. Handles extend 1.5" (3.8 cm) forward of front panel.
WEIGHT: 27 lbs. (12.3 kg) Net; 38 lbs. (17.3 kg) Shipping.


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