audio research D79b

default -- Wed, 04/15/2009 - 18:55

DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS,
 
IM A NEWBEE AND IM INTO VINTAGE AUDIO RESEARCH EQUIPMENT.
I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IF ANYONE HAD TRIED USING KT 88'S IN THEIR
AUDIO RESEARCH D79B.
I REMEMBER THAT MR JON VALIN USE TO HAVE ONE AND
MR HARRY PEARSON GAVE THEM A FAVORABLE RE-
VIEW DURING THE EARLY 80'S.
 
THANKS IN ADVANCE,
D79B
 

Jonathan Valin -- Fri, 04/17/2009 - 11:33

 I used 6550s, and, buddy, that is one very fine amplifier you've got.

SundayNiagara -- Wed, 02/03/2010 - 22:01

I have lusted for one of those amps for years.

Jonathan Valin -- Thu, 02/04/2010 - 05:42

Up until the Ref 610T it was my favorite ARC amplifier--and I think I've owned or heard every ARC amplifier.

SundayNiagara -- Sat, 02/06/2010 - 16:27

I've never heard the '79, but my fave has been the Classic 60 and when I wortked in the biz, I sold a $200. pair of Energy's while they were hooked up to a '60. Man, did they ever sing!

RatonMan (not verified) -- Sun, 02/07/2010 - 14:55

I've never had the opportunity to hear the '79, so my fave has always been the Classic 60. I once sold pair of $200. Energy's, using the '60. Man. did they sing!
SundayNiagara

PS: For some reason, when I'm logged in, I can't post.

D79B -- Sun, 02/07/2010 - 17:01

Dear Valin,

I agree w/ you regarding the REF 610. Its my favorite ARC amp as well.I was satisfied w/ my current stable of ARC amps & preamps(a pair of D79B's ,D250mk2 servo, a pair of Classic 150 monoblocks,SP10 mk2 and an Sp11mk2)but when I had the chance to listen to the REF 5 , REF Phono 2 and the REF 610 in my friends house,I was hooked on these components and I hope in the near future add them to my ARC stable.

D79B

Jonathan Valin -- Tue, 02/09/2010 - 18:20

D79B,

Man, you DO have an ARC stable! There's some great stuff in that barn of yours.

Jon

D79B -- Wed, 02/10/2010 - 17:11

Dear Mr. Valin,

Once your hook w/ ARC ,it seems that when you listen to another brand,speaking for myself ,it seems that I always look for that upper midrange magic ,dynamics, speed and presence w/c seems to be the house sound of ARC.Im such a die hard fan that I visited ARC last 2007,but I was not able to meet WZJ. Warren Gehl the chief listener & tester told me they were able to maintain this house sound because he used to be the assistant of Jack Hjelm who used to voice Bill Johnson's circuit design .Last week we had the chance to compare the REF PHONO 2 ,REF 5 and the REF 110 vs. the current top of the line VTL phono stage they're latest effort ,VTL 7.5 mark 2 , and the VTL Siegfried.Dont ask w/c sounded better because it might cause another controversy like what happened when I started a Thread last year ( REF 610 vs. VTL Siegfried)

D79B -- Mon, 04/20/2009 - 07:37

DEAR MR. VALIN,
 
THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY. I ENJOY READING YOUR REVIEWS SINCE YOUR EARLY DAYS W/ TAS DURING THE EARLY 90'S AND WHEN YOU
W/ MR WAYNE GARCIA STARTED THE MAGAZINE FI. I WONDER WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THAT MAGAZINE.
 
THANKS,
D79B

Jonathan Valin -- Mon, 04/20/2009 - 23:46

Wonder no more...Fi went under after a 4 year run, having published many wonderful articles by Gary Giddins, Francis Davis, Will Friedwald, Tim Page, Allan Kozinn, Terry Teachout, Robert Palmer (whose last piece we had the honor of publishing), and many, many others. Ir was a very fine magazine in my not unbiased opinion, but (in spite of the considerable largesse of publishers Jerry Gladstein and Larry Kay and a great deal of good will and support from the industry) we simply didn't have the money to stay afloat. After Fi folded, I came back to TAS along with Robert Harley (at HP's kind invitation and with CEO Tom Martin's blessings). And here we still are, ten years after.

zead (not verified) -- Tue, 04/21/2009 - 12:05

JV
           FI was the best..................that's where i got hooked on your style...........YOU ! WP !  CP! & Sam are my favorite reviewers

Jonathan Valin -- Tue, 04/21/2009 - 12:46

 Thank you, zead.

D79B -- Tue, 04/21/2009 - 19:23

DEAR MR. VALIN,
 
I AGREE W/ ZEAD THATS ITS ONE OF THE BEST HI FI MAGAZINE.  IT WAS A NICE GESTURE FROM MR PEARSON TO INVITE YOU GUYS BACK
TO TAS. I REMEMBER DURING THAT PERIOD TAS WAS ALSO HAVING DIFFICULTY  AND YOU INVITED MR PEARSON TO REVIEW FOR FI.A LOT
OF GOOD REVIEWERS WROTE FOR FI. MOST OF THE  REVIEWERS WERE FORMERLY FROM STEREOPHILE AND TAS. THATS WHY FOR ME
YOU GET OPINIONS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE COIN.THANKS VERY  MUCH FOR THOSE 4 YEARS. I THINK I HAVE KEPT ALMOST ALL OF
THOSE FI MAGAZINES AS REFERENCE FOR MY PURCHASE OF FUTURE CLASSIC HI FI EQUIPMENT.
 
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME,
D79B
 
 

Jonathan Valin -- Tue, 04/21/2009 - 20:47

 And thank you, D79B, for the fond trip down Memory Lane.

D79B -- Wed, 04/22/2009 - 06:31

DEAR MR. VALIN,
 
YOUR WELCOME.
 
D79B

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