Thoughts on B&K Reference 5 Pre

Anybody here have any first hand experience with this 2 channel pre? There's one available locally I can pick up on the cheap and I'm getting really tired of listening to music using my CA 851N as a pre.

Thoughts?
Home System:
SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
In The Market For A New Pre...
B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
Denon DVD 2900

Barn system:
SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
Carver C-1 pre
Carver M1.5t
BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC

Comments

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,648
    I'd pass, not their best foot forward with that one, imho anyway. Look for a cheap tube pre, if your getting tired of that SS sound.
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    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
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    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

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  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,428
    edited December 4
    Thanks Tony. I really enjoyed my B&K ref 50 sound It was actually far better than what the CA has to offer. I'm still kicking around some tube pre options but budget wise right now I could pick this up and later move it into my barn rig. I REALLY want something with balanced outs and a remote for my LR rig and that in a tubed rig is just not happening right now. Was hoping someone here may have had their ears on one. Was hoping it was in the same ballpark as the 50.

    Update: I got a lead on a Parasound Halo C-1 pretty reasonable. I'm hoping this will fill the void.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    In The Market For A New Pre...
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,616
    Keep an eye on ePray for Dared MC-7P and SL-2000A
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,428
    I'm eyeing a Belles 21A on there right now but it don't have a remote so still looking.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    In The Market For A New Pre...
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,616
    Both of the Dareds have remote. Not sure about the 2000 but the MC-7P also has dual preouts for sub as well as built in phono stage.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,882
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Keep an eye on ePray for Dared MC-7P and SL-2000A

    I have had a notification for a SL-2000 for awhile now they've seemed to of dried up. I like to try one as well
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,616
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Keep an eye on ePray for Dared MC-7P and SL-2000A

    I have had a notification for a SL-2000 for awhile now they've seemed to of dried up. I like to try one as well

    I've got a karma present for you when I upgrade if you can hold out.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,882
    I'm in no hurry Josh, I plan on recapping the Adcom 565 I found looking for something else:)
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,616
    Sounds good. It's been my plan for a while. I was hoping to surprise you until you just reminded me it's a saved eBay search for you. MC-7P modded with Auricaps.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,428
    Jealous...
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    In The Market For A New Pre...
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • msgmsg Posts: 5,045
    I like the Ref 5 S2 I have, but been a long time since I've used it. While I remember enjoying it, I don't remember it doing anything particularly profound. I think I, too, prefer the over it for the additional connectivity and built in digital. Just more functionality, but then again, the whole point of the Ref 5 is the simplicity and stripping out all the extra stuff, isn't it?

    I don't know what the differences were between the S1 and S2 versions.

    Also doesn't offer adjustable bass management if that's a thing for you.
    I disabled signatures.
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,428
    Thanks Scott. This one is the S2 version. Not interested in a sub feature as my B&K monos and SDA 1C's dig crazy deep when asked. I just got spoiled with the crazy good imaging with the Ref 50 in there as I'm sure B&K designed their pre's to match perfectly with their amps. I'm sure the Ref 5 can be bested, maybe with the Parasound I'm going to check out this weekend, maybe not. I've just invested a bunch of money (to me) in XLR interconnects so I'm looking for that feature plus my house is busy so volume control and mute is important when I'm working/playing.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    In The Market For A New Pre...
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
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