Audio Research Ref 3 Preamp + Mcintosh Mc501's

Hi All,
Can you please let me know if anyone using the above combo? Do they work well together? Any issues?
Primare_cd31, there is no best, what speakers are you using?

When I had this combo aprox. 3 years ago I paired it up with Eggleston Andra 2's it sounded very nice, I then was able to demo a pair of Pass X600.5's which I prefered.

You made sure to connect to the correct ohm right? a freind has a pair and didn't but that being said you should try different ones as you may prefer the sonics. Power cables make a difference also.

When I owned the REF3 my preference was to have it placed upon 3 Sistrum small brass points, upgrade fuse to HiFi and a power cable, used a Stealth Dream.

Thanks Dev
I run with Kef 205/2.
Power all my gears with Furutech power cords, Cardas Golden Cross IC's, Nordost Red Dawn speaker cables and forgot to mention Primare Cd31 as player
Do you think it'll make a difference by changing the fuse on the Ref 3?


Which turn table, cartridge and phono will be best mates for the AR Ref 3 + Mc501's combo?
I'd like to get into turn table but have very little experience!

Did you upgrade to hifi-tuning fuse? Did you change the main fuse only? What fuse size did you use 20mm or 32mm? Which direction did you install the hifi-tuning fuse? I believe there is a directional arrow on the fuse which point Left to Right but i don't know how this will get apply on the AR Ref 3

Did you get big improvement with the fuse upgrade?