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B&K Reference 200.1 Monoblocks Power Amplifiers

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B&K Reference 200.1 Monoblocks Power Amplifiers

Post by raymond88 on Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:50 pm

Item: B&K Reference 200.1 Monoblocks Power Amplifiers

Condition: 8.5/10. Item in excellent condition.

This B&K amps are very musical. A brute of an amp with tremendous bass control,clean and open midrange and sweet detailed highs.Lots of dynamic headroom that will drive just about any speaker with low impedance as well.

Have 3 pcs of the Monoblocks for sale

Price:

1 pc @ sold
1 pair @ sold

Take all 3 pcs at a special price.

Contact: 012-3816611












B&K Reference 220 Mono Amplifiers
In the macho world of audiophiles, nothing qualifies you as a "he-man" hi-fi nut like owning separates. And among people who own separates, the manliest of men own monoblocks. That's right, two separate power amps -- unless, of course, you want to really pile heavy metal on metal and bi- or tri-amp with four or even six monoblocks. This is why some audiophiles have more amps stacked in their listening rooms than Hendrix had on stage at the Meriwether Post Pavillion when I saw him back in '69.
In case you're wondering, there is a good reason for the popularity of monoblock amplifiers among discerning audiophiles -- beyond testosterone overload, that is.
Monoblocks actually offer superior performance compared to most stereo amplifiers -- I'm qualifying that statement because a few high-end manufacturers build stereo amplifiers that are essentially two monoblocks sharing only a chassis. That said, most stereo amplifiers share circuit elements between the channels. As a result, there's a small amount of leakage from one channel to the other. This is called crosstalk. Even when it is practically unmeasurable, it prevents the pure signal from each channel from being reproduced with perfect clarity. Low-level detail is obscured. Soundstaging, as a result, seems truncated. Images are neither as sharp nor as deep as they are when the channels are completely separated.
In addition, when the two channels share a power supply, it limits the amount of current that can be delivered to both channels upon demand. With monoblocks, each channel has its own power supply and can draw as much current from it as it can deliver.
There are obvious drawbacks to this approach, of course. Monoblocks require twice the chassis, twice the parts count, and take up twice the space. They cost more. They have to.
But dedicated audiophiles in search of ever-increasing amounts of resolution are more than willing to put up with these "minor" inconveniences and, frequently, the performance of their systems is its own best argument.
But I wonder if B&K hasn't made a misstep in its 250W Reference 220. Oh, it has the requisite butch mass and heft of your high-end monoblock. And it has high-quality parts. What it lacks is a stratospheric price tag. At $1298 per channel, a pair of 220s costs about the same as many high-end stereo amps. Do audiophiles have the perspective to appreciate a pair of monoblocks that almost anybody can afford?
Her body is homogeneal and proportional
The 220 certainly looks like the high-priced monoblocks. It's large (17"W x 15.5"D x 5.75" H) and is as solid as a brick. It has massive toroidal transformers, capable of delivering heavy doses of current. It utilizes 1% metal-film resistors and "computer grade" capacitors. It employs discrete circuits, with a class A pre-driver and a class AB MOSFET output stage.
Its front panel is essentially featureless, sporting only a discrete power button and a red LED power indicator. The rear panel, by contrast, seems packed with options. The 220 will accept either balanced XLR or single-ended RCA inputs -- actually, there are two RCA inputs (the one labeled channel 3 is used for normal operation!) -- and there is an input selector switch. The unit can be turned on and off with a 12V trigger, and it has both input and output 3.5mm mini-jack connectors for daisy chaining components to the control trigger. There's a switch that activates the amp's sensitivity to the trigger. When it's engaged, you can't turn the amp on or off with the front panel power button -- as I discovered to my discomfiture when setting up the system.
There are also two sets of speaker binding posts on the rear. Once again, the one labeled "Channel 3" is for normal operation, although the manual notes you can use the one labeled "Channel 1" to operate another speaker in parallel. (There is no "Channel 2" connection.)
Other than the cryptic "Channel 3" connections, there's nothing unusual about setting up and operating the 220 -- as long as you properly set both the RCA/XLR and trigger selectors on the rear panel. Forget about these switches at your own peril. Let my frustration save you a step.
There is music wherever there is a harmony, order or proportion
When you consider that the last couple of amps that have graced my system have been the Krell FPB-300c and the Niro Power Engine ST (and briefly the Ayre V5), it almost seems unfair to the 220 to place it into the same system for audition. Be that as it may, the B&Ks weren't too embarrassed by the competition. There were differences aplenty amongst them all, but the B&Ks delivered genuine, full-range, refined high-end performance.
In fact, I've just rearranged my listening room so that my sweet spot is no longer in the near-field, but is now about twice as far away from the speakers as it used to be. This has changed the way I play the hi-fi, of course. Before, I merely needed to energize my near-field position, now I tend to energize the room -- a task the Dynaudio Evidence Temptations are more than up to, if properly driven.
And properly driven they are, when powered by the 200Ms. Looking for blood, I pulled out my standby trance fave, A Touch of Cloth [Tritone T001] by Fila Brazillia. This disc features some of the most subterranean synthesized bass I've ever experienced (heard isn't quite the word), so I reckoned it would test the 220's current reserves, especially when played at stupid-loud levels.
The room shuddered and flexed like a crystal goblet when you run your thumb around the rim. I cued up "Trivia." WHHHHMMMMRRRROOARRR, WHHHHMMMMRRRROOARRR, WHHHHMMMMRRRROOARRR.
CDs leapt off my shelves, stacks of books fell over, the cat hid in the closet. I giggled with glee -- and racked my brain for some more woofer busters. Dafös. Check. Also Sprach Zarathustra. Check. The Phantom of the Opera -- hey wait a minute! I have my limits, even in the throes of deep-bass lust.
Let's just say that, when it comes to reproducing astonishingly deep bass -- even in congested recordings -- the B&K 220 can clearly play with the big boys.
But the 220s aren't heavy-handed or otherwise colored. Having just received The Penguin Café Orchestra's four-CD A History[Virgin PCOBOX1], I've become fascinated by the whimsy and wit behind Simon Jeffes' music. These remastered discs have impeccable sound. The instruments have an audio verité naturalness that's the perfect analog to the honest, self-deprecating nature of the music.
I am most familiar with the PCO's first recording, which was made on a budget of £870 for Brian Eno's Obscure label back in 1975, so I was quite unprepared for the sheer breadth of Jeffes' musical interests, not to mention how accomplished the band became in the years following that introductory performance. Of course, that album's "Giles Farnaby's Dream" -- which melded a motif by the Elizabethan virginalist to a shuffling Venezuelan dance (with the lead played on strummed Quattro, no less) -- should have prepared me for almost anything.
But Jeffes wrote lovely salon music, stately waltzes, passionate tangos, a piece for dial tone and rubber band, a John Cage memorial which set a canon based on the notes C-A-G-E over a piano playing D-E-A-D, and -- my personal favorite -- a snappy little melody played by drops of water falling into glasses filled to different depths.
That's an incredible range of sounds and music, and the B&K 220s were capable of reproducing every microtone and microdynamic. And they placed the sounds within a soundstage with phenomenal precision. The theory proved correct in this case. These monoblocks are soundstaging wonders.
They don't sacrifice pace for brawn either. Playing the Persuasions' Street Corner Symphony [Collectibles Col-5235], the system not only put the band between the Dynaudios, it had them jammin'. The high point of the album, as far as I'm concerned, is "Tempt's Jam," a medley of "Don't Look Back," "Runaway Child, Running Wild," and "Cloud Nine." As Jerry Lawson wails over Jimmy Hayes' hyperarticulate bass singing, the other Persuasions tease and chase, call and respond with the lead tenor. It's a vocal tour de force and about as passionate and compelling as music gets. In other words, it rocks.
And the B&Ks neither thickened it nor smoothed it out. They delivered it raw -- and real.
How sour music is, when time is broke, and no proportion kept!
The natural question is, if the B&K is all that good, does it put the Krell to shame? In a word, no.
The Krell FPB-300c remained completely unflappable no matter what sort of ridiculous demands I put upon it. Chanticleer's new recording of John Tavener's Lamentations and Praises [Tedec Classics 0927-41342-2] is a phenomenal recording -- one that places unexpected demands upon an amplifier. Essentially a series of vignettes based on the concept of a sequence of ikons depicting the events of the resurrection, the recording utilizes different-sounding spaces to convey the different "scenes."
You can hear deep into this recording, and this revealed the first difference between the Krell and the B&K. While no one would call the B&K noisy, it has a level of steady-state noise deep, deep down that the Krell just simply doesn't have. This was audible if I played recordings at stupid-loud volumes on the hyper-revealing Dynaudio Evidence Temptations. However, it made itself evident at lower volumes through the Krell's increased sense of inner detail and definition. I just couldn't get the same level of detail from the B&Ks.
Associated Equipment:

Preamplifiers: Ayre K1x, Conrad-Johnson Premier 17LS, Krell KCT

CD players/transports: Krell KPS-28c, Sony CDP CX-400, Musical Fidelity A3CD
D/A converters: Bel Canto DAC1; Perpetual Technologies P-3A
Power amplifiers: Krell FPB-300c
Loudspeakers: Dynaudio Evidence Temptation
Cables: AudioTruth Midnight, DiMarzio M-Path interconnect, AudioQuest Dragon, DiMarzio M-Path, DiMarzio Super M-Path speaker cable, Illuminations Orchid digital cable, Kimber KCAG
Accessories: Osar Selway Audio Racks, AudioQuest Big Feet and Little Feet, Vibrapods, Audio Power Industries Power Wedge Ultra 116
Room treatment: ASC Tube Traps, Slim Jims, Bass Traps
In addition, during the section called "Golgotha: The Descent From the Cross," there's the sound of some sort of metallophone being struck. It's not a chime or a tubular bell or anything like that -- it sounds like a piece of plate steel being sharply struck with a sledge. It's a meaty thwack!drenched in overtones that, when I listened at extreme loudness, totally discombobulated the B&K's power supply. I couldn't repeat this with the Krell at any level that didn't put the Dynaudio woofers at severe risk.
Now that requires a few disclaimers. First, I discovered this when listening to the Tavener at an extremely high volume -- one I would never normally consider rational, although there are many people who listen at volumes I can't believe. And, of course, the Krell, at 300Wpc, is rated at 50 watts more than the B&K's 250 watts.
But, in truth, there were other sonic differences as well. String sound, like that of the violins in the Penguin Café Orchestra, was lighter and brighter on the Krell. The B&K didn't sound dark or thick, but it ever-so-slightly blended the string attack with the overtone. This "micro-smear" was not a huge deal, but it was observable.
The alteration of motion is ever proportional to the motive force impressed
Would you care, assuming you never A/B'ed the two? How can I judge for you? The $10,000 amplifier doesn't sound the same as the $2600 monoblock pair. Some audiophiles can't stand knowing that somewhere out there there's a product better than the one they own. They'd buy the Krell in a heartbeat and who am I to say they're wrong? That kind of obsessive drive is what produces landmark products like the Krells in the first place.
But not all of us have the money to indulge that level of connoisseurship. And some audiophiles have the money, but look for other values in their audio gear. Who's to say they're wrong?
The B&K 220 monoblock offers true high-end, extremely musical performance at a price that makes it accessible to hordes of audiophiles who couldn't even begin to consider the most rarified reference products. The fact that you can get better performance if you're willing to pay for it in no way diminishes what B&K has accomplished here. In fact, it puts it into perspective.
And you know what they say. Perspective is everything.
...Wes Phillips
wes@onhifi.com


B&K Reference 220 Mono Amplifiers
Price: $1298 USD each







Class A Pre-Driver circuitry improves low-level detail for a smoother and more musical sound.
Class AB Mosfet Output stage delivers efficient, linear power.
Balanced Inputs deliver the quietest and most accurate signal path between your preamp and amplifier.
Differential input stage with a current source load assures DC stability and wide bandwidth linearity.
Use of 1% Metal Film Resistors in the entire active circuitry to reduce noise for greater purity of sound.
Use of Toroidal Transformers and Computer Grade Capacitors to provide high current for superior dynamics and extended low frequency control.
Capability to operate at full power with a square wave input signal.
Individual External Fuse Protection prevents damage from accidental shorting of output devices, while preserving the highest level of integrity to the original signal possible






REFERENCE 200.1 S2 Monoblock
*AV - Amplified Voltage
Power Rating: 8Ω 200.1
Power Rating: 4Ω 200.1
250 watts
450 watts
Number of Channels 1
Current (peak to peak) 150 Amps
Dynamic Headroom 1.4 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.09 %
Signal to Noise (S/N) 95 dB
Input Impedance 33.2 kΩ
Damping Factor (50 Hz) 750
Frequency Response 5 Hz - 45 kHz
Slew Rate 14 V / μsec
Input Sensitivity RCA Unbalanced 1.4 Volt
Input Sensitivity XLR Balanced 2.8 Volts | Pin 1 = Gnd, Pin 2 = In +, Pin 3 = In -
Gain 28.3AV* or 28dB
AC Line Voltage 120 / 220 / 240 VAC (optional / switchable)
Level Controls No
Binding Post Maximum Wire Gauge 4 AWG
Balanced Inputs Yes
Control Input 5 - 24 VDC
Control Output 10 - 12VDC 200mA
Dimensions in Inches Width
(Cutout Dimensions) Height
Depth
17.00 (17.12)
5.78 (5.90)
15.63 (16.75)
Shipping Weight 42 lbs.
Power Consumption
875 watts max


9 Amps max current draw






DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
The Reference 200.1 S2 or Reference 200.2 S2 amplifier utilizes high quality electronic circuitry to achieve
an environment wherein a detailed, transparent, and highly musical sound can be realized. The high quality
parts complement includes: state-of-the-art solid state devices, 1% metal film resistors, computer grade electrolytic
power supply capacitors, and a high capacity toroidal transformer. All B&K products are designed
and hand assembled in Buffalo, NY U.S.A.

The Reference 200.1 S2 or Reference 200.2 S2 operates with a class A predriver and AB MOSFET power
output stages. These high power amplifiers are capable of delivering full range while reproducing the most
demanding music passages effortlessly into the most demanding audiophile speakers.

FEATURES

[*]High Current - Ability to cleanly, accurately, and reliably reproduce demanding recordings or source materials

into low impedance drivers and speaker systems.

[*]Class A Predriver - Improves low level detail and clarity for smoother, more musical sound.
[*]AB MOSFET Output - Provides efficient and linear power delivery, as well as protection from thermal overload.
[*]Gold Plated Connectors - Improved sound with minimum signal loss and degradation.
[*]Five Way Binding Posts - High quality binding posts accommodate up to 4 gauge wire.
[*]Control Output - One 3.5mm (1/8") 10-12 VDC @ 200 mA output for controlling other amplifiers or controlling

external systems that use a voltage trigger.

[*]Control Input - One 3.5mm (1/8") jack that allows standby on/off with a 5-24 VDC control signal.
[*]Toroidal Transformer - Efficient, high current, shielded transformer that supplies the amplifier with a clean

and constant supply of power, even during highly demanding source material passages.

[*]Discrete Circuitry - Dynamically provides a full, accurate, and three dimensional reproduction of source

material.

[*]1% Metal Film Resistors - High quality resistors used in all active circuitry to reduce noise and obtain better

sound purity.

[*]Computer Grade Capacitors - Large capacity computer grade electrolytic capacitors for extended low frequency

control, increased power supply, and improved dynamics.

[*]Balanced Inputs - Balanced inputs deliver the quietest and most accurate signal path between the preamplifier

and amplifier.

[*]Full Power Operation - Capability to operate at full power with a square wave input.

[*]Differential Input Stage - A current source load assures DC stability and wide bandwidth linearity.





Website:

http://www.onhifi.com/product/bk_ref220_mono.htm

http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649152677-bampk-reference-2001-monoblocks2/

http://www.economik.com/bk-components/reference-200-1-s2/

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