Audio Research Reference 210 monoblocks
When you are looking for world class high powered tube amps, there are only so many worthy contenders. The Audio Research Reference 210 is up there with the very best. At almost a third of its original MSRP, the Reference 210 is a serious bargain.
So how does it sound ? It has a very smooth effortless sound that just allows the music to flow through your system, yet massive power to control even the most demanding speakers.
There is no harshness of any kind, they just bring forth the airiness of valves and control of a solid state beast. There is no need for speaker matching with these amplifiers, their design overcomes any “difficult” load and keeps the control. Although one would associate them immediately with big floor-standers they will happily drive the elite bookshelf speakers out there.
These mono-blocks have new KT120 valves with less than 200 hours on them.