B&K Components Ref 20 A/V Preamplifier

4.32/5 (65 Reviews) MSRP : $2500.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by benlouie1372@hotmail.com a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2011

Bottom Line:   
I just got this on ebay for $150 no remote. Hooked it by with a avr6000series 2 . It blown by mind away. i was going to throw away my MB quart Domain 55. After 5 mins warm up, DTS comes to live. Dont waste you money to buy a Denon receiver with HD DTS. I had a 4308ci with all the features but B&k 20 with an amp will blow any receiver away. Seperates is always better that Receivers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   1996



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Q-surf a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Primarily a 2 channel listener but wanted the ability to upgrade to 5.1 in the future. The Ref20 offers no-compromise 2 channle hi-fi, and the flexibility for HT needs. Very happy with the sound. Tamed vocals/horns, and reaches deeper than my previous Denon pre. Not sure if it's the last word on soundstaging but it isn't suffering either. I wish like hell they'd put some balanced outputs (on a $2600 pre?!),

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rob a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Good pro/pre for the money. I think a warm sounding amp with very tight bass make this puppy sound pretty darn good. Good/great surround performance. Decent 2 channel. Good remote. Overall, good.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kevineads a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I shopped a lot of pre amps before choosing the Ref 20. THe sound is uncompromising in HT mode and the Stereo mode is great also. The unit is upgradable to almost the same specs. as a Ref 30 for $900.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Used



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by George a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2001

Bottom Line:   
It took some time for this unit to burn in but it was well worth it. There was nothing that could stand up to this unit under $4000. I look at many different preamps and this was the best sounding (or rather the one that has less of it’s own sound) in my price range. It lacks 5.1 inputs but music is best presented in 2 channel to preserve a true sound stage. It’s 5.1 performance is fantastic and performs well with the toughest of movie sound tracks. Setup was a bit confusing the first time but after that it was a breeze. This is a solid well built unit and even though it is not THX certified it performs as well as any I have herd. It is no longer on the market the Reference 30 has about the same sound with a few more features, none that I need but it’s worth looking at.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   LaserLand Home Theater




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