Audio Research Announces its First Ever Trade Up! Program

Attention all Audio Research owners! Looks like the time may be right to explore that “next step”. You ready? Check out the following press release:

Audio Research announces a special program to US owners of older Audio Research amplifiers, preamplifiers, or phono preamplifiers to Trade Up! to current models.  The 2017 Trade Up! Program is their first ever Trade Up! Program.

The Program offers US owners of qualified Audio Research models to trade in values up to 75% of the original MSRP of their Audio Research amplifier, preamplifier, or phono preamplifier when it is traded in toward the purchase of a new Audio Research amplifier, preamplifier, or phono preamplifier.

“We are very excited to provide owners with older audio equipment the opportunity to upgrade to newer models with the latest product features and enhancements”, said David Onan, CEO and President of Audio Research. “With over 115 qualifying models, audiophiles and music lovers alike can take advantage of this special offer. This program offers a win-win-win situation for consumers, dealers and Audio Research. Consumer can upgrade to the newest ARC products, dealers can provide additional support and knowledge to new customers and Audio Research can provide support to both with lasting residual value after the purchase. The fact we can offer up to 75% of the original MSRP value is a testament to our products and their ability to retain high value on the secondary market as well.”

A complete list of eligible units and program details can be found on or at participating authorized US Audio Research Dealers. The promotional offer is good June 15 – July 31, 2017.

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  1. It is also odd that their entry level integrated amps aren’t included (i.e. the VSi60, VSi75, VSi55, CA50 et c.). I guess the thought is that this kit was designed to whet folks appetites for more ARC gear and were already loss-leaders? So there was no sense doing buy-backs.

    At the same time, it seems like ARC entry level integrated amps have pretty sound resale values (even those discontinued!).

  2. It is interesting to see which units did not make the “qualified” list of models eligible for “Trade-In”:

    None of the first generation solid state pre- or power amplifiers
    No D76
    No SP6
    No VT100 Mk. III

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