Help me purchase my first preamp

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,589
    edited July 2018
    tonyb wrote: »
    ...That puppy has a million ways to tailor the sound.

    Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

    ;)

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  • halohalo Posts: 5,007
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    tonyb wrote: »
    ...That puppy has a million ways to tailor the sound.

    Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

    ;)

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    It can be challenging!!
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,589
    edited July 2018
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    ;)


  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,170
    Love my ref 50! Tony knows!!!
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    800 Va Dreadnought- Speaker Interconnect
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    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
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,353
    Finally today I found time to hook up the reference 50. Buying it without the remote nor manual was probably not the smartest thing to do. I managed to get it working in stereo mode, but there are many parameters that I need to customize to get it working properly.

    Nonetheless I like what I'm hearing so far.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SRS 2, SDA 2B, SDA II,SDA 1C, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9 Ebony, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,433
    I'd make an offer on that bad boy....essential to the operation of your preamp. Even the asking price is fair.


    https://m.ebay.com/itm/B-K-System-Remote-SR-10-1-/142895602819
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,353
    Thanks for the heads up.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SRS 2, SDA 2B, SDA II,SDA 1C, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9 Ebony, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,630
    la2vegas wrote: »
    Well the adcom slipped away, you know the sayin, you snooze you lose.

    So I settled for a B&K reference 50. Hopefully I'll get a chance to get it dialed in sometime in the next few days.

    Let me look around but I might have a original owners manual for the Ref 50 I'd be happy to send your way if your interested.
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,353
    That would be great, it would be extremely appreciated. :)
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SRS 2, SDA 2B, SDA II,SDA 1C, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9 Ebony, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,605
    Post up some pics of your new preamp man!
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,962
    edited August 2018
    Send Mantis/Dan a PM, he might be able to copy one of the many he probably has.

    I should add, most adjustments can be done by the front panel, but there is a bit of a learning curve to be proficient at it. In direct mode, you by-pass all the parameters for sound adj. anyway so that might give you a feel for the sound. Most processors, any brand, are a pain without the remote.
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    Tad 803 speakers
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,353
    You're right on the money again Tony. I can eventually get it dialed in without the manual or the remote, but things would surely be easier navigated with both of those items.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SRS 2, SDA 2B, SDA II,SDA 1C, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9 Ebony, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,433
    Connecting the Z1 video output to your tv will aid tremendously ..I believe you can still open the on screen menu from the front menu button.
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,353
    All I have it connected to is an adcom gfa-545 and a denon dvd3910.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SRS 2, SDA 2B, SDA II,SDA 1C, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9 Ebony, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,433
    I would strongly recommend connecting a monitor to it....I dont know how you can fully set it up without a display
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,353
    Hmn...perhaps you're right. I'll give that a try.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SRS 2, SDA 2B, SDA II,SDA 1C, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9 Ebony, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,962
    Yep, a monitor would definitely help things. Good call...
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,353
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Post up some pics of your new preamp man!

    Nothing to see. Have it in the garage trying to get it dialed in for now.8xjdul53219y.jpg
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SRS 2, SDA 2B, SDA II,SDA 1C, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9 Ebony, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,605
    Looks like it's in mint condition! :)
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,353
    It's in better shape than the other two components in that pic that's for sure.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SRS 2, SDA 2B, SDA II,SDA 1C, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9 Ebony, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • teekay0007teekay0007 Posts: 2,094
    Hey, didn’t you say you were operating this for 2-channel?

    If so, you’ll want to set it to “Stereo 2” rather than 5. As it is, you’re sending signal for surround stereo and you won’t be hearing all the goodness with only two speakers connected.
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,433
    teekay0007 wrote: »
    Hey, didn’t you say you were operating this for 2-channel?

    If so, you’ll want to set it to “Stereo 2” rather than 5. As it is, you’re sending signal for surround stereo and you won’t be hearing all the goodness with only two speakers connected.

    ^^^^This^^^^
    If you're lucky, it may already be setup for Direct 2
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,353
    Unfortunately I bought it without the manual and I'm still trying to figure it out.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SRS 2, SDA 2B, SDA II,SDA 1C, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9 Ebony, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,530
    Not Tom or Trey or Jim just Micah
    KEF Q150s, NAD C352, BJC Belden cables, Technics SL3200, Salamander Archetype rack
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,954
    Parasound PH/P850 was the best under $500 (new) preamp I've heard.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable Analog 2 XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,962
    Not too far from setting up a HT receiver these days. You set up each input, name it, decide what speakers will apply to it, all the parameters for that, what digital/analog inputs will be used, blah blah.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,353
    la2vegas wrote: »
    Well the adcom slipped away, you know the sayin, you snooze you lose.

    So I settled for a B&K reference 50. Hopefully I'll get a chance to get it dialed in sometime in the next few days.

    Let me look around but I might have a original owners manual for the Ref 50 I'd be happy to send your way if your interested.

    Interested, if you have it it'd be great.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SRS 2, SDA 2B, SDA II,SDA 1C, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9 Ebony, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • Gerres26Gerres26 Posts: 458
    @msg knows a great deal about these pre/pros and other B&K gear in general. He helped me setup my Reference 30 when i first got it. I only wanted it for 2 channel as well and it did very very well as far as I'm concerned.
  • gcegce Posts: 2,176
    Here's the PDF Manual.
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    2 Channel: Rogue RP-5 / WireWorld Electra power cord / Marantz TT-15S1/ Ortofon - Quintet Black MC / Marantz NA8005 DAC / W4S mAmp's / Synology DS 216+ll-4TB / Polkaudio LSiM703
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,353
    Hey thanks @gce, I just downloaded it.




    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SRS 2, SDA 2B, SDA II,SDA 1C, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11TL, RTA 8TL, RTA 8T, LSI9 Ebony, LSI7 EBONY, LSI7 CHERRY, LSIC, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
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