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Robert BG

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I have narrowed my search on seperates to a B&K Reference 50 Preamp and a B&K av125.7 Amp. I can't afford the Reference 200.7 Will there be that much of a difference between the two amps? I will be using it for home theater 75% and music 25%. Also does anyone have any pros or cons on this equipment. I'm open to suggestions on other gear if you have first hand knowledge on it.
 

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I have narrowed my search on seperates to a B&K Reference 50 Preamp and a B&K av125.7 Amp. I can't afford the Reference 200.7 Will there be that much of a difference between the two amps? I will be using it for home theater 75% and music 25%. Also does anyone have any pros or cons on this equipment. I'm open to suggestions on other gear if you have first hand knowledge on it.
 

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good choices.

between the amps, this will come down to your speakers mostly. the reference will have more punch and better clarity than the AV series. aside from power output, the reference is a higher current amplifier that is more refined.

for HT the difference might be too small. HOWEVER, if you have speakers that are low efficiency or need the extra power, it might make sense to go with the reference. if your speakers are happy with either power rating, music would be the only real place to hear the difference.

i am a B&K dealer if you need any other specific questions on the gear. i do like the b&k processor. im still waiting for their new one to come out, but if i had to buy now, that would be the one.
 

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good choices.

between the amps, this will come down to your speakers mostly. the reference will have more punch and better clarity than the AV series. aside from power output, the reference is a higher current amplifier that is more refined.

for HT the difference might be too small. HOWEVER, if you have speakers that are low efficiency or need the extra power, it might make sense to go with the reference. if your speakers are happy with either power rating, music would be the only real place to hear the difference.

i am a B&K dealer if you need any other specific questions on the gear. i do like the b&k processor. im still waiting for their new one to come out, but if i had to buy now, that would be the one.
 

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I haven't heard anything about a new processor. Do you have any additional details? BTW I have a ref 31 and 7270 and couldn't be happier. They sound great.
 

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I haven't heard anything about a new processor. Do you have any additional details? BTW I have a ref 31 and 7270 and couldn't be happier. They sound great.
 

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IMHO, B&K offers the best value in hi-fi, period. Extremely refined and smooth sound with a rich midrange. I have done side by side comparisons between my Conrad-Johnson tube amp and the B&K amp and was suprised how close B&K came to the classic tube sound. You would have to spend thousands more to get even slightly better than that.

Regarding the two amps, I would suggest you spring the little extra (even if you have to go used) and get the Ref 200.7. That might well be the last amp you buy even if you have to later upgrade your speakers to inefficient, tough loads. The B&K Ref amp will handle the toughest loads with aplomb. You can get the 200.7 (or the 7270) for under 1.5K on A'gon.

Best of luck.
 

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IMHO, B&K offers the best value in hi-fi, period. Extremely refined and smooth sound with a rich midrange. I have done side by side comparisons between my Conrad-Johnson tube amp and the B&K amp and was suprised how close B&K came to the classic tube sound. You would have to spend thousands more to get even slightly better than that.

Regarding the two amps, I would suggest you spring the little extra (even if you have to go used) and get the Ref 200.7. That might well be the last amp you buy even if you have to later upgrade your speakers to inefficient, tough loads. The B&K Ref amp will handle the toughest loads with aplomb. You can get the 200.7 (or the 7270) for under 1.5K on A'gon.

Best of luck.
 

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The Ref 50 handles composite, component and s-video. No DVI or HDMI. The 200.7 can't be "bridged". It's upto your speakers if they support bi-amping. If they do you could use a channel on the 200.7 for bass and another for treble.
 

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The Ref 50 handles composite, component and s-video. No DVI or HDMI. The 200.7 can't be "bridged". It's upto your speakers if they support bi-amping. If they do you could use a channel on the 200.7 for bass and another for treble.
 

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the new processor is why the ref50 dropped its price down to $2k. it was in anticipation of the new one coming out, however, for some reason, its been delayed. it will be the refefence 60. it will be basically the same, with updates to the audio/video sections. its going to be designed by the people who do meridian gear, so it is proposed to have a gloss faceplate (similar to the 800 series meridian). other than that, its secret. there is absolutely NOTHING on it online. ive googled and came up completely empty.

however, B&K assured me that its coming. this time last year, it was slated for january. in january, it was slated for right NOW. now its slated for end of the year. but, that probably wont happen either. it might be years before its out.
 

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the new processor is why the ref50 dropped its price down to $2k. it was in anticipation of the new one coming out, however, for some reason, its been delayed. it will be the refefence 60. it will be basically the same, with updates to the audio/video sections. its going to be designed by the people who do meridian gear, so it is proposed to have a gloss faceplate (similar to the 800 series meridian). other than that, its secret. there is absolutely NOTHING on it online. ive googled and came up completely empty.

however, B&K assured me that its coming. this time last year, it was slated for january. in january, it was slated for right NOW. now its slated for end of the year. but, that probably wont happen either. it might be years before its out.
 

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