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Audio Research LS28SE preamp is brand's latest 50th anniversary update

Audio Research LS28SE preamplifier is brand's latest 50th anniversary update
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Audio Research is continuing its 50th anniversary celebrations with the launch of the LS28SE preamplifier, which brings performance improvements over the 2016-launched LS28 it replaces.

The new, special edition LS28SE ($10,000 / €11,500 / about AU$14,200) is, like its predecessor, a line stage (i.e. phono stage-less) preamp, and benefits from the engineering cues learned during the recent creation of Audio Research’s Reference 160 Series amplifiers. The brand has swapped out several wires and components for superior-quality replacements that it says “elevate[s] the LS28SE’s performance to an entirely new level”. This includes upgrading to the same proprietary gold coupling caps used in the Reference 6SE amp that was released late last year.

At the LS28SE's heart is the original models’s vacuum tube analogue design. It has eight pairs of inputs (four balanced XLRs, four unbalanced RCAs), as well as three pairs of outputs – two XLRs, two unbalanced RCA and recording outputs.

The Audio Research LS28SE will begin shipping later this month, and as of July LS28 owners will be able to upgrade to the LS28SE for $2000 / €2500 (about AU$2850).

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.