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Audio Research LS17

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Audio Research LS17 Preamplifier

16 June 2007
  • Summary: Audio Research calls the LS17 its "Baby Ref" line-stage preamp, and I believe there's some truth here. While I’ve not heard the Reference 3 in my system, with the LS17 ARC has packaged quite a bit of sonic punch into what is a mid-priced preamp. Plus, just try to find another tube line stage that offers truly balanced inputs and outputs along with the LS17’s sonic strengths for the same price. That’s not going to be an easy task.
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Overall 10

Audio Research LS17

What Hi-Fi?
24 July 2008
  • Excerpt: The LS17 is proof positive that bargains can exist at high-end prices. You may think that paying well over three grand for a line-level-only preamp can hardly be called value, but take a listen to this Audio Research in a suitably talented system and we're confident you'll agree. What makes the LS17 such a great buy? Well, you get a very large slice of the magic produced by the company's flagship preamp, the Reference 3 , for a third of the price.
  • Pros: A great sonic balance that delivers masses of detail and dynamics without sacrificing listenability, easy to use, sturdy build
  • Cons: Some rivals look and feel more luxurious
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Expert Review

10 April 2009
  • Excerpt: Audio Research LS17 - удачная покупка даже за эту цену и, как любой аппарат Audio Research, он отличается долговечностью.
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Audio Research LS-17

13 December 2008

Audio Research LS17

16 October 2008
  • Conclusion: LS17’s er til den mildere side. Der er igen uanede mængder af luft, som giver oplevelsen af et stort lydbillede, større end via Bellini’en. Men det snyder lidt, for dybden er ikke nær så klippefast på LS17. Her kommer pointen: LS17 giver lidt afkald på kontrollen, mod at præsentere musikken mildere og større.
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