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Audio Research Trade Up!

 

It’s not often… Wait… This has never happened before!

Audio Research is offering a factory supported Trade Up! Program. And we are offering “up to” 75% of the original retail price back in trade for your old, semi-new or even current gear! I put the “up to” in quotes because it appears to leave some wiggle room, but a quick perusal of the Qualified Models schedule (here) shows virtually everything on it at 75% trade-in value!

There are some stipulations, such as if you dinged your unit, you get dinged a little on trade value. Likewise, if you don’t have the original factory cartons. And the new piece you purchase has to be a direct replacement for your old (e.g. you can’t trade a preamp toward an amp) and your new purchase has to be at minimum 175% of the retail price of your trade-in. But these are by no means deal-breakers.

So call us NOW to get a massive hi-fi upgrade with this very generous, factory authorized Trade Up! Program by Audio Research!

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Trade in values up to 75% of original MSRP during the 2017 Audio Research Trade Up! Program

Audio Research is pleased to announce a special program to US owners of older Audio Research amplifiers, preamplifiers, or phono preamplifiers to Trade Up! to current models.  The 2017 Trade Up! Program runs for a limited time so act quickly.
The Program offers US owners of qualified Audio Research models Trade In values up to 75% of the original MSRP* of their Audio Research amplifier, preamplifier, or phono preamplifier when it is traded in toward the purchase of a new Audio Research amplifier, preamplifier, or phono preamplifier. All Trade In units must be in working order and be in reasonable physical condition.
The Program offer is limited to select amplifiers, preamplifiers, and phono preamplifiers. Select monoblock amplifiers are eligible but only when traded in and sold in pairs.  Current models may also be traded in. See your participating authorized US Audio Research Dealer for program details and the complete list of eligible units.
Offer good June 15 – July 31, 2017. Valid only to US customers who trade-in a qualified Audio Research product and purchase new qualified Audio Research product(s) from a participating US authorized dealer.
*Limitations and restrictions apply.

Living with the Niagara 7000

I first heard the effects of the Niagara 7000 on November 10th at the official U.S. launch by Garth Powell of Audioquest at Ultra Fidelis.  As I wasn’t feeling tip-top, I chose to sit in the back row in a room full of audio aficionados.  Mr. Powell started out the evening by playing some live music on his drum kit to “set our ears” and to give us a point of reference for the rest of the night.  What I heard the rest of the evening, even from the side of the back row, impressed me enough that the following week, I purchased the first store stock unit of a Niagara 7000 to arrive at the store.

I will say that a little planning goes a long way when setting up the Niagara 7000.  It weighs in at about 80 pounds and had the tightest plug sockets known to man.  I was able to plug in all of my equipment before sliding the unit onto the bottom shelf of my HRS rack.  Since then I have moved one power cable to separate my CD player from my pre-amp — much easier with the unit out of the rack.

Anyway, what the Niagara 7000 has done for the sound of my system is quite amazing.  I find myself listening at lower volumes than ever before.  And, while listening at lower levels, there is a much greater sense of focus, ease, openness and dynamics than previously.  Additionally, the soundstage extends both in front of and to the sides of my speakers.  Previously, the soundstage was defined by the location of my speakers. Listening to Roger Water’s Amused to Death on 200 gm LP, the sound is almost 3D fully immersing me in the sound. On Shelby Lynne’s Just a Little Loving, also LP, there is clear space around her voice and the instruments.  Even listening after my wife has gone to bed at very low levels (4 on my REF 5 SE volume setting) there are still good dynamics and details creating a whole new late night listening experience.

Bottom line: the Niagara 7000 has taken my already very good system to a new level.

System: Audio Research REF 5 SE, Audio Research REF CD9, Simaudio MOON 610LP, Audio Research REF 75 SE, Vandersteen 5A Carbon, Audioquest Niagara 7000, Audioquest Fire and Wild interconnects and speaker wire.

 

-Bob F.