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Seeking advice on Audio Research gear

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Some of you may remember that I once had an ARC SP-11 and D-125 setup. I have since sold that gear, and now, suffering sellers remorse, am seeking to rebuild an ARC system.

Previously I recall there being an excellent Facebook group for ARC gear. I cannot seem to find it now. If anyone knows what happened to it, please let me know. I am posting here as I believe this community is the second most knowledgeable with ARC after that Facebook group.

I've seen affordable listings for the following preamps/line stages

LS1, LS3, LS7, LS8, SP9, and SP14.

Would any of these be particularly *bad* choices? I know the LS-5, SP-6, SP-8, SP-10, SP-11, and LS-25 are all more highly regarded, but they also sell for at least twice as much as these entry level units. I don't need "amazing", but I don't want to be disappointed.

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I have a lowly level of ARC phono stage .
Even it sounds pretty fantastic.

The only thing potentially “wrong” would be that they are have a similar form factor, and the board inside of it have plenty of room for ventilation.

If one wanted a small and compact system, then they could do better.

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