Audio Research is launching new products, "The Foundation Series"

I went to my local dealer today and found out that Audio Research will be launching new products, the LS28 preamp, the DAC 9, and the PH9. My dealer stated he believes the prices will be $7,500 a piece, but he stated don’t quote him on that. This stuff will be the replacement for my stuff, which is the Dac 8, and PH8. If this is so I will be getting the LS27 for as cheap as I can, I have the LS17se. I did some research on the internet and found the following :

Maybe they aren’t leaving us high and dry as I first thought and was led to believe, but if $7,500 will be the price it will still price some out, but it won’t be horrible as I was first led to believe, stay tuned on this one. This stuff looks like the Ref 6 stuff, but isn’t and I was told Audio Research is looking to do everything in this new look to stay uniform. The dealer stated he couldn’t tell me if and when the LS27 would be discontinued, but my guess and it’s only my guess is it probably will be.
I, for one, like the new styling. Kind of reminiscent of the old Quad faceplates, and a little of the ARC SP-3.
I cut my teeth in audio with the man who is now AR's CTO. I can tell you that there is not anyone I know of that has higher engineering and sonic standards. Scary set of ears on him too.

Long time ARC user. BUTT! . With who now owns them.

BIG CORPS buy's out little ones with a very good brand history

Some times Rapes the brand with less than the VERY BEST inside GUTS in new gear. It's called bottom line.

 Get back there investment QUICK!! AT THE EXPENSE of the brand True believers.

Myself I.would hold off pulling the trigger. And not be the first in LINE.


Fact that some of the older models in there line out PERFORM of that

offered with- in the last couple of YEARS..

Just my thoughts  Tubes444