Reference 5 is a remote-controllable unit available in ARC’s traditional “champagne” silver or black finishes, with a large fluorescent display in the center of its front plate that reads out things like volume level, input, balance and etc. The Reference 5 is a lower-noise, higher-resolution, higher-energy, altogether more discerning preamp. A great soundstager like all ARC Reference preamps, it now brings sterling neutrality, resolution, definition, dimensionality, and bloom not just to the midrange but also to the bottom octaves and the top ones, better preserves large-scale dynamic scale at all intensities from top to bottom, and is audibly and significantly more detailed than its predecessor
The Reference 5 has the insight to distinguish between acoustic, harmonically rich instruments such as pianos, cymbals and drums better than anything else we’ve come across. When something sounds this informative, this convincing, even that five-figure price tag starts to make sense.
Good condition come with a remote control and power cord.