Audio Research SP16


SOLD $3,000.00

JAN 2010


  • Black Face Plate

  • Remote Control

  • Inbuilt MM Phono Stage

  • 2007 - R.R.P. US$2,995.00

  • Mint Condition

  • One Owner













Frequency response

Line: +0-1dB, 1Hz to 60kHz at rated output. -3dB points below 0.5Hz and above 100KHz


Phono: ▒0.3dB of RIAA, 10 Hz to 20KHz

Distortion (THD)

Less than .007% at 2V RMS single ended output

Noise & hum

Line: 15ÁV RMS IHF weighted at main output with volume low (96dB below 1V RMS output).


Phono: 0.9ÁV RMS IHF weighted equivalent input noise, shorted input (67dB below 2mV RMS 1KHz input).


Main output line: 11.5dB Single Ended Processor: 0dB


Phono: 55dB at 1 KHz


Record output, line: 0dB. Phono: 43.5dB

Input impedance

50K ohms line, 47K ohms Phono, (1 to 6Mv High output cartridge recommended) Inputs (6): phono, DC, tuner, video, aux, processor, (Single Ended RCA connectors). Model SP16L has no phono input.

Output impedance

260 ohms Single Ended main; 20K ohms minimum load and 1000 pF maximum capacitance. Outputs (3): 2 main, 1 record (Single Ended RCA connectors).

Output polarity

Non inverting (Any input or output).

Maximum inputs

Line: 3.5V RMS Single Ended.


Phono: 25 mV RMS 1KHz, 50mV RMS 10KHz

Rated outputs

2V RMS Single Ended into 100K load. Maximum output 15V RMS at 1% THD at 1kHz.

Power supplies

Electronically regulated low and high voltage supplies. Automatic 30-sec. warm-up/brown-out mute. Line regulation better than .01%.

Tube complement

(6) 12AX7EH dual triodes

Power requirements

100-135VAC 60Hz (200-270VAC 50/60Hz) 36 watts.


Push buttons: Volume up, volume down (70 steps, 20 LED indicators), Input, Processor, Mute, Power. All functions on IR remote control.
Remote 12V out: Line: 12V DC at 100 mA max for system power control, i.e. to turn on power amplifiers and other equipment and full remote control on all functions.


17.75" (45 cm) W x 5.2" (13.2 cm) H x 10.0"(25.4 cm) D. Rear connectors extend 0.6" (1.5 cm).


12.6 lbs. (5.7 kg) Net; 20 lbs. (9.1 kg) Shipping.