B&K Reference 50

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  1. BillyLown

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    I was considering purchasing this preamp. But....I read a lot of mixed reviews regarding whining & clicking
    noises with the B&K Reference 50 preamp. Is there a problem/issue with this preamp and is it being addressd by B&K. I know they reduced the price by a $1000
    But it's still a lot of cash to plunk down for a noisy preamp.

    Does noise while playing DVD's, CD's, tuner ?

    B&K owners please advise

    Thanks
     
  2. Robert Cowan

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    basically, it doesnt have a muting circuit while switching inputs. so, there can be some pops or clicks when switching inputs. purists believe that muting circuits can degrade the signal. in reality, it is a lengthened signal path because the signal does have to go through the muting circuit...

    it wont happen when you are listening to music, only when switching. for $2K, i dont think you can beat it.
     
  3. Donnie Eldridge

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    Blown WAY out of proportion!!!
     
  4. Roger Kaufmann

    Roger Kaufmann Stunt Coordinator

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    As Donnie said, it's blown way way way out of proportion. I have lived with the Ref 50 for about a year and didnt' even notice the sounds until I read about them here. For the money the Ref 50 simply cannot be beat.

    Don't let prejudices (mine included) sway your decision, go out and audition the candidates you are considering and let your ears make your decision.
     
  5. Chuck Schilling

    Chuck Schilling Stunt Coordinator

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    Y'all don't mind spending $2k for a pre/pro? Can I have a loan?

    [​IMG]
     
  6. BobRoulier

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    The 8k krell hts 7.1 makes a clicking noise when changing imputs too. I would consider it a characteristic of the a good processor and enjoy the thing[​IMG]


    Bob
     
  7. Roger Kaufmann

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    Chuck,

    Sure you can have a loan, however you may not like my rates. They're somewhat maffiaish.[​IMG]
     

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