News from Minnesota from the self-styled ‘American gods of valve-based audio’, who have launched the new I/50 integrated amplifier which will be the first in a new series by Audio Research.
After recent experience here at HF&MS of tube amplification, this one will be worth looking at, firstly, and then listening to. The I/50 has a ceramic coated top-plate that comes in six colours. Two top-mounted controls display the volume and input channel in two Lexie tubes at the front, very cool. The I/50 has three 6922 valves in the input and driver stages, with two matched pairs of 6550WE valves in the output stage. The Audio Research I/50 offers 50W per channel and has a set of balanced XLR inputs and three RCA style inputs. Next year there will be the option of a modular phono stage and/or a DAC. There is a headphone output and remote control.
The Dimensions of the Audio Research I/50 are (WxHxD) 42 cm x 18 cm x 34 cm. It is approximately 18.1 kg
The Audio Research I/50 integrated valve amplifier is available in the UK from October 2021, distributed exclusively by Absolute Sounds. UK RRP is £5,698 inc. VAT. Absolute Sounds is the sole UK distributor of Audio Research products.