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Thinking of Audio Research Ref.6 to replace Naim 252

Discussion in 'audio' started by seadog7, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. seadog7

    seadog7 Active Member

    Thinking of a change of direction. Recently got a pair of ATC SCM40A actives, sold my Naim 300DR to get them.

    Now running NDS/555DR / 252/ Supercap2 DR / ATC SCM40A. The sound is actually very good, but I think a slightly smoother (coloured if you like ) sound of a valve Pre. would compliment my system very well.

    Looking very hard at the Audio Research Ref.6 preamp. ( From all accounts the Ref.6 should comfortably best the 252). The logical move to upgrade would be the Naim 552, however where I live the difference in price between a 552 and Ref.6 is massive (Ref.6 almost half the price of the 552).

    Anyone done a similar shift ? It will be my first foray into valves.........
  2. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    I had a Ref 3 for years. The sound is certainly grainless with what I can only call a ‘creaminess’- ie very pleasant. There was a lot of transparency and very very low noise- really almost silent if you put your ear to the speaker with nothing playing. I took it for granted and only missed it once it was gone.
  3. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Only the OP can answer this by listening to the AR. I am hoping to get ATC40s myself to replace 250/SBLs at some point. Have you thought about an ATC pre amp? Not sure I could be bothered with valves.

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