B&K Reference 20 vs. Parasound AVC-1800

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  1. Rob||Kur||

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    Ok, maybe my last thread title wasn't descript enough.

    I'm caught between buying a B&K Reference 20 preamp or a Parasound AVC-1800.

    The Parasound is cheaper and has 6 channel inputs. The B&K supposedly is the superior unit as far as sound quality goes.

    Will I really miss multi-channel SACD or DVD-A? I mean, I sort of like just listening to music in 2 channels. I think it's the way it's supposed to be played. But there are a few DVD-A/SACD releases that I'd like to get, including the Dark Side of the Moon SACD. Is there any way to listen to these multi-track DVD-A/SACD's in stereo without losing all that other channel info?

    Has anyone heard both units and can say how they compare?
     
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    edit: nvm.
     
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    Bump.
     
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    Hey Rob,
    Nice to see a local member, you do live in CT right?

    In my opinion the multi channel inputs are a huge factor if you love to listen to music. I thought about getting a Ref 20 but decided to go with a Rotel RSX-1055 instead. Its basically a 1066 preamp with the amps. I use it just as a preamp.

    So if my choices where the Ref 20 or the Parasound 1800, Id go with the Parasound. This is just my opinion, go with what makes you happy.

    earle
     
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    For $300-400 used, the Parasound is a great buy.
     
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    Rob||Kur|| Stunt Coordinator

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    The inputs are a plus, but I'm not really considering them a buying point at this stage in the game. I think what will help me decide is which is the superior sounding unit.

    Parasound +'s
    - A little cheaper
    - 24-bit D/A's

    B&K Reference 20
    - Looks classier
    - Better sounding?
    - Pure analog pass-thru for sources?

    *sigh* [​IMG]
     
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    Any reason your ruling out the Reference 30?
     
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    Price!
     
  9. David Poole

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    Quick question, does anyone know if the six-channel input on the Parasound is an analog pass-through?

    I have an 1800, and I know that the bass management is turned off for this input. However the channel level trims are working, so I'm a bit confused if its a pass-through or not.[​IMG]
     
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    Well, I took my chances with the B&K. We'll see how it is.

    When I have the money, I'd really like to pick up a Rotel 1066. Until then, hopefully this will be a nice piece.

    Thanks everyone.
     

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