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Reference 10 Line-Stage

$35,000.00

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Mauricio VillegasMauricio Villegas
20:38 17 Mar 23
Chris took great care of me and helped me design my audio system and extremely satisfied with results. Top quality service and best in class gear.
Jonathan OliverJonathan Oliver
23:11 23 Feb 23
Fantastic HIFI store great gear with a very knowledgeable group of people working their. Chris went beyond his duties staying late after closing to get me squared away. If you love Hifi check them out you won't regret!
Kenneth McCulloughKenneth McCullough
20:59 19 Feb 23
I can’t recommend this company enough. The customer service and assistance they provide is second to none. Truly above and beyond. I can give no greater example than what they did for me and my family today. We live in the DFW area and we were in Houston for a Marine Corps reunion. I’ve always wanted to see the show room and needed to demo some speakers for my home theater. They called in a technician ON A SUNDAY when they were actually closed just to accommodate me and my family. I was blown away with the level of customer service Ryan and Chris provided. The knowledge and hospitality was next level. If this doesn’t tell you what they are as a company I don’t know what will. They have earned a customer for life. I didn’t even mention the amount of options and level of equipment they have to offer and on display. Nothing like it. If you need anything home electronics give them your business. They deserve it.
Lexi BLexi B
23:27 23 Sep 22
This place is absolutely amazing! Ryan who works there is really knowledgeable on recievers and went out of his way to help me solve some problems with my older denon that I couldn't get to connect to my new TV. Ryan took the time to explain the process of what was needed to be done and even checked on me when I got home to see if I was able to get it working. Really kind person and you don't get that often nowadays. Their speaker selection is top of the line and out of this world. Highly recommended!!! 🥰
Eli MoraisEli Morais
22:20 28 Dec 21
It's the best audio store in the country. I have bought a few amplifier from Eddie when I was in Houston. Nicest guy. It's always there when I have questions.
Rommel SalazarRommel Salazar
14:18 08 Jun 21
Bought my first Mcintosh amplifier here. Jeff was very helpful and down to earth. Check out this store, the best I've seen and service is excellent. 6 stars!!
Noel RuizNoel Ruiz
16:00 07 Mar 21
I bought a pair of Cornwall iv excellent service from Jeff great person guide me through the purchase and help all the way with shipping even know I live in PRThks
Kyle CKyle C
22:11 03 Dec 20
Awesome team here, super knowledgeable! Provided a superb price on a projector that no big box store could come close to. The shop itself is super cool too. Jeff’s got a ton of awesome movie and music memorabilia.
Salman BakhraibaSalman Bakhraiba
21:01 27 Sep 20
Had the luxury to visit the store this weekend, we were welcomed by Jeff. Really nice and knowledgeable person in the field of Audio. The amazing setup with high end Mcintosh Amps, Preamp and their speakers changed our perspective on sound even though I am use to Parasound, Marantz, Emotiva, Klipsch & Martin logan products.Now time to start finalizing and narrow down my wish list to build a nice System for myself.Will definitely give them the business for all my future purchases.It’s a blessing to have a store like this in your local community - Treat yourself, go and check them out even if you’re not an audiophile - cos I can guarantee you will get into this hobby for sure.
Kenneth CoakleyKenneth Coakley
20:54 10 Aug 20
Great selection of audio gear. Ask for Eddie. Very knowledgeable and accommodating.
Mike CMike C
03:16 18 Jul 20
Loved this place! Jeff spent so much time with me helping me pick the right speakers for my setup. He was very patient with all my questions and he was extremely knowledgeable in all the equipment. While this is an appointment only high end audio store, they didn't act elitist when it came to my setup, and they were very down to earth. This is my new go to place for high end audio.
ParkerParker
13:23 03 May 19
Hand down the best HiFi audio shop in the entire state! These guys have really spent the time and energy to do it right. If you are in the market for a high end system, or just want to listen to some of the best equipment the industry has to offer, then do yourself a favor and make an appointment.
Taylor FoxTaylor Fox
22:38 03 Mar 19
Houston Audio is wife approved. 😄 The speakers are everything your man has been begging you for, yet they are so sleek and aesthetically pleasing, you will barely see them (but definitely hear them!) The speakers can enhance any room in your house. After spending time around the speakers I have grown to an understanding of how the speakers work and how they can truly change the way your favorite song or movie sounds-in the best way. Jeff & Eddie have staged beautiful demo rooms at H.A. that provide a unique experience in each room. It truly adds to the entire listening experience! I definitely recommend stopping by and listening in each room.
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In 2010 we announced the Reference Anniversary preamplifier, a special limited edition product commemorating our 40th anniversary. It was acclaimed by many as the finest preamplifier available and a fitting tribute to all of the classic Audio Research products that were introduced during the forty years that preceded it. That we would only accept new orders for this special product during the anniversary year surprised almost everyone, but we considered the limited time frame appropriate. Since that time, we have learned a few things, and the result of that knowledge led to the development of the Reference 10. Included are critically chosen new components, proprietary custom-made capacitors, wiring, and new connectors that cumulatively provide a level of performance never before achieved. Key Audio Research design traits remain: The signal path is fully discrete, all-tube, pure Class-A, with zero feedback. Other attributes and choices remain, too: Each unit is completely hand-soldered and hand-constructed in our Minnesota facility using the finest materials, with major components such as custom transformers, plated-through circuit boards, and casework sourced locally. All engineering is performed in-house.
The Reference 10 follows a new aesthetic path as well. It has a very modern and elegant finish that will attract new admirers without alienating fans of our older products. The front panel of the main control unit has a new, large round volume knob on the right side, with two buttons under it for Power and Mute—the only two buttons on the unit—and a large display on the left. Our logo is above the knob on the right, making this the first asymmetrical Audio Research preamplifier ever. The left side of the front panel contains an interactive touch-screen display that allows the user to intuitively control almost all functions.

The power supply chassis, connected to the main unit via two umbilical cords, simply has one green LED under its offset Audio Research logo. All of the side panels are finished identically to the front panels: Natural anodized, one quarter-inch thick, with no screws visible. The entire chassis (including rear panel) is painted silver to complete the look. There are beautiful new, clear acrylic covers with a revised perforation pattern. And, there is no printing on the front panel of either chassis.

After the single 20A power cord, the Reference 10 is completely dual-mono from the power supply through the audio circuit. There are dual, separate low- and high-voltage transformers for each channel; there is dual-mono vacuum-tube regulation (one 6H30 and one 6550WE per channel), dual-mono audio circuits (four 6H30 per channel), and enough energy storage for a serious power amplifier.

Just as the Reference Anniversary was shockingly better than its predecessors, the Reference 10 offers a further level of resolution, refinement and dynamism that vividly improve the musical experience in every way. As we have said before, words can only fall short of your own experience; to understand how much more profound listening to your favorite recordings can be, you must hear the Reference 10. It is stunning.

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