Anthem AVM 20 Vs. B&K ref 50

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  1. Christopher_Ham

    Christopher_Ham Stunt Coordinator

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    I have read many reviews on both of these units and they both look fantastic. But which one is the best. I use my system for mainly movies. I currently run a Lexicon DC -1 that I love, but I am needing to upgrade. I don't listen to music much but would like to be able to check out SACD or DVD audio.
    Movies are my priority though!

    My system

    Lexicon Dc-1 v4.0
    ATI 1505 & 1502 amps 7x 150w
    Denon DVD 2200
    Deftech bp8's main
    deftech bp2x surrounds
    Deftech dcs 5 rears
    deftech clr 2002 center
    SVS pb2 + sub
    Blue jean cables throughout.
     
  2. BobRoulier

    BobRoulier Second Unit

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    Why not stick with lexicon and go for the mc-8 ?


    Bob
     
  3. Christopher_Ham

    Christopher_Ham Stunt Coordinator

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    I can get either one of these processors for 1,000-1,500 less than the Lex. I love Lexicon, but right now it is out of my price range.
     
  4. ChrisHeflen

    ChrisHeflen Supporting Actor

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    Isn't the Ref50 like going for @ $2000.00 now as compared to the Avm20 at $3400.00? Unless you can get a deal on the Anthem that's kind of a jump.

    IMHO the Anthem had a few more features that were important to me. Bass management on the 5.1 input and speaker selection by source. Plus they are very pro-active wth upgrades. B&K seems to take their time.

    The B&K does have adjustable x-over slopes which could come in handy. Plus there's none to say they couldn't add some of the other features over time.

    If for you there is a price difference, try the Ref. If you can get a deal on the Anthem and it's close. I'd get that.

    Make sure you listen to both though. Either way it's a lot of money. They are both great pieces.
     
  5. Donnie Eldridge

    Donnie Eldridge Supporting Actor

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    The Ref. 50 is going for $1500-$2000 street price.
     
  6. Christopher_Ham

    Christopher_Ham Stunt Coordinator

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    I made my decision and purchased a Ref 50 today, should be here by Friday. I could have got an avm 20 for 2400, but I thought the extra grand could go into a second pb2+.
    thanks for the info.
     
  7. ChrisHeflen

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    C H

    Congratulations on your purchase!

    Let us know how you like it. I have a friend that is looking at buying one and would like to hear your thoughts.
     

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