Audio Research Reference REF 5SE in near mint condition

Feb 7, 2014
Audio Research Reference REF 5SE in near mint condition ***SOLD SOLD SOLD***

AUDIO RESEARCH REFERENCE 5SE preamplifier in natural finish
Asking Price: $7500 (new $12,995)

This ARC Reference 5SE was built in February of 2014 and shipped on February 21, 2014 (see the ARC Quality Assurance Certificate). It is an original ARC Reference 5SE model, not one that was upgraded. I purchased the unit in April of 2014 and it has been sitting in the same position on my rack until today. The REF 5SE has performed flawlessly since day one. It has not been serviced nor have any parts been replaced. I am selling because I’ve upgraded to an ARC Reference 6. The unit currently has 1593 hours on the original tubes. The (5) 6H30 tubes are expected to last 4000 hours and the single 6550WE tube is estimated to last 2000 hours according to the ARC REF 5SE manual. The serial number is 13504906.

Cosmetic condition is 9/10 (near mint) with no signs of wear. The front panel is pristine as are the handles, buttons and chassis. The Plexiglas top is in excellent condition without warpage. Remote control is 8/10 because there’s a very superficial 2mm scratch on the left side but no discoloration or functional defects.

What’s Included
Everything that came with the unit originally from the factory is included: the detachable power cord, remote control, owner’s manual, QA Certificate, ARC 5SE checklist, warranty card, ARC note about the break-in period, tube warning sheet, 4” screwdriver, foam packaging for the 6 tubes and the original factory box.

Shipping and payment
I will ship in the original ARC factory box insured for the total purchase price through FedEx for actual cost (estimated to be about $120). Shipment to Hawaii and Alaska would be more. The vacuum tubes will be packaged separately in the factory foam container just as it came from the factory. Paypal fees, shipping and insurance will be the responsibility of the buyer. Paypal is the preferred method of payment but I will accept a certified check or wire transfer. Funds must clear before the item is sent. I have an excellent track record on ebay (wlem321). I have less feedback on Audiogon (lem321) but all reviews have been positive. I will only ship to the continental USA. No returns or trades please. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see additional pictures. Cheers! View attachment 33497


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