Audio Research - Announcing the New REF160M

Review - Audio Research Ref 160M

Audio Research Ref 160M

Audio Research - Announcing the New REF160M
A fter two years in development, the new Reference 160M (REF160M) Monoblock Power Amplifier is here. The 160M , offers 140 Watts per channel, and features a refined audio topology with fewer and better components in the signal-path than in previous designs, switchable Ultra linear/Triode operation, proprietary auto-bias, output tube monitoring and protection, an advanced power meter, and much more.

The REF160M will make its world premiere at the AXPONA Show held April 13-15, 2018 in Chicago. If you're attending the show, you can see the REF160M in their dealer Quintessence Audio's booth in the Knowledge room on the main floor near the escalators.

The REF160M includes a sculpted cover with an integrated fan to cool the heat generated by the four (4) KT150 output tubes and two (2) 6H30 driver tubes. Solid-state power regulation was chosen to provide increased efficiency, stability, and reliability. The power supply stage uses a newly developed High Energy Capacity Transformer and a hefty bulk storage-capacity network to provide extremely high current on demand for transient peaks and intense dynamics, as well as for prodigious bass depth and authority.

It is understood that the best path is the shortest path. Audio Research engineers created a new audio circuit topology with the shortest signal path and the fewest components. Those components are not only the best available, many are custom made for Audio Research. Incorporating these quality components is a special 4-layer circuit board that lowers the noise floor to unprecedented levels, and a design which was previously reserved for use in our preamplifiers. The result is a new benchmark in musicality in every criterion of sound quality.

The REF160M also features a proprietary auto-bias circuit that works with various tubes types, including 6550, KT88, and KT120, in addition to the supplied KT150 and works constantly to maintain precise bias of the output tubes, while also adjusting for tube wear. There is no need to check or adjust bias ever again.

The new REF160M breaks new ground sonically, aesthetically and operationally, and will be available in Natural (Silver) or Black finishes.

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