B&K 200.5 or Rotel RMB-1095

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  1. Paul D. K.

    Paul D. K. Stunt Coordinator

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    Buying B&K Ref. 50 Pre Amp. Was going to buy B&K 200.5 or 200.7 Power Amplifier. Salesman (very patient) suggested that I consider a Rotel Power Amplifier since it was almost $750 less for 5 Channel version (I'm currently only running 5 channels and don't foresee going to 7 in the current room). I have heard the Rotel name before but have no experience.

    Any opinions?

    I have B&W Nautilus 803's for fronts, HTM1 for Center, and Nautilus 804's for rears.

    Thanks,
     
  2. Rodon

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    I have went and listened to the Rotel 1075 and it sounded so good and powerful. Their products are very nice and they look soooo good in silver. I would give one a try before spending the extra $$$$. $750 is quite a bit more!!
     
  3. Ernest Yee

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    I would say you should bargain a bit more for a better discount on the pair Ref 50 + 200.5.

    The Rotel RMB-1075 is a highly recommended amp but the RMB-1095 is greatly known to have SERIOUS groundplane issues where there will be speaker hum that's not caused by your typical groundloops.

    Also make sure you're getting that $1000 pricedrop on that Ref 50.
     
  4. Ted Pugh

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    Paul, the Ref. 200.5 can be had for less. I bought mine from a dealer and received18% right off the bat. I love the warm sound of the B&K and it would match up real well with your B&W speakers.
     
  5. Andrew Pratt

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    Rotel's been around for a very long time and is well respected in the audio world for outstanding sound for less then you might expect.

    I own the 1075 and agree its a very powerful amp for the price and to me sounds exceptional. The 1095 is even more powerful and all the 10XX series look stunning.

    the B&K products are great too so either way you're going to end up with some very nice gear so just let your ears decided then enjoy the show[​IMG]
     
  6. Stephen M

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    One minor concern to consider. The B&K amps tend to run very warm. It has no effect on them so long as you provide adequate ventilation, but they can really heat up a smaller, closed room. The Rotels in my experience run much cooler. BTW, I own B&K.
     
  7. Yogi

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    I love the B&K sound. Warm and tubey, mates well with forward/neutral speakers like Paradigm, Energy, B&W etc. If you can get both for the same price get the B&K but if you are getting them for close to MSRP, the Rotel would make a better value.
     

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