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B&K Components  Reference 200.2 S2
2 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
MSRP  1220.00
Description: <ul> <li>High Current Capability</li> <li>Class AB MOSFET</li> <li>Computer Grade Capacitor</li> <li>Gold plated Connector</li> <li>Limited Short Circuit Protection</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rburra a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This is one powerful amplifier belting out 225W R.M.S. per channel into 8 ohms or 375W R.M.S. into 4 ohms. It is difficult to imagine what effect it will have on your system while at the dealer. However once you take it home and hook it up, you will notice the not unsubtle differences. Like the previous reviewer, I have noticed that hooking up this amp causes a better stereo effect, with some depth added in the second dimension. My wife also noticed the difference.

It is worth experimenting with signal and cables. I have a Marantz DV6500 SACD/CD/DVD/DVD-Audio player connected with AudioQuest Copperhead cables into a B&K Reference 5 S2 Preamp/Tuner, in turn driving the B&K Reference 200.2. S2 power amplifier. I have used Straightwire Rhapsody S balanced cables with XLR connectors to connect the pre-amplifier to the power amplifier. I have Kimber Kable 4TC speaker cables with banana terminations going to the Energy eXL26 speakers. First I tried them with Monster Z-Series speaker cable which I used with a Denon AVR1601 receiver which this amp replaced. The sound was big and awesome with rich bass, but the treble and mid were a bit unclear. Replacing the Monster Cable with Kimber Kable reduced the abundance of bass and made it more balanced. It has also increased the amount of clarity in the sound significantly. The stereo image is very good. For example, on Doc and Merle Watson CD "Sitting Here Picking the Blues", you can hear Doc on the left, Merle on the right and the audience surrounding them three dimensionally. My Denon used to do this when it was new, but six years later, it does not do this any more.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $1425.00

Purchased At:   Shelleys Audio Video

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

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2005

Bottom Line:   
This review is actually for the B & K Reference 200.2 version/series I power amp.

This site is a fantastic resource for researching potential audio equipment purchases. So I am disappointed with the lack of reviews for modern B & K components such as the 200.2 amp or Reference 50 pre/pro. I post this in hopes that this write up proves helpful to the next interested individual.

I purchased this unit preowned from a reputable dealer, hence, the $850 pricetag. I have owned the product for approx. two years, and in that time I have not had any problems with the unit. I love this amplifier!!!

The B & K Reference 200.2 is my first experience with separates. I had always owned and used mid-fi stereo receivers for some twenty years and was satisfied. When home-theatre became extremely popular, I acquired my first multi-channel audio/video receiver - the Denon AVR 2802 - in 2002. Shortly thereafter, I upgraded my seriously outdated BSR loudspeakers circa 1982, and slowly began adding the center and surround speakers to complete my first home theatre system.

After about a year, I began craving more volume for two-channel cd playback. I was aware that my Denon had preouts to run a separate amp. A local dealer in the Binghamton, NY area allowed me to test drive the Rotel RB 1070 130wpc amp. WOW!!! I noticed an IMMEDIATE difference in the warmth and richness of the sound. In addition, I became aware of an imaging I had never experienced before. Sad to admit for someone who has been into music and stereos for a very long time. The singer's voice seemed to be floating directly between my two main speakers as if he or she were sitting right there. I never achieved that effect with any receiver, ever. I was hooked. I loved the sound quality and power of the Rotel, however,I wanted a power amp of at least 200wpc. Never hearing of B&K before, I really just stumbled onto this amplifier.

Well..., the Reference 200.2 was every bit as rich and warm sounding as the Rotel; I cannot further compare the two units as I only had the RB 1070 for less than a week. I definitely prefer the more polished and refined aesthetic design of the B&K, however. It is just a gorgeous showpiece. The amp has plenty of power, and very pleasingly, runs only lukewarm after being pushed with two-channel material or a high-action movie soundtrack. I initially intended to only purchase an amp to supply more power to my mains for stereo listening. However, I became more and more of a home-theatre enthusiast. My main amp sounded soooo beautiful, I wanted to duplicate this in the rest of my system.

I felt that ambient surround sound effects should not require 200 watts to perform, and that buying the Reference 200.5 to match would be overkill. Therefore, I purchased the B&K AV125.5 (see review this site). This runs my center, left/right surrounds, and eventual surround rears when true 7.1 dvd's become available. I did not notice the immediate improvement in sound quality like I did with my main amp. Perhaps the 90 wpc Denon has sufficient quality power to operate the surrounds and closely competes with the AV125.5 to the point of undetectability. Perhaps over twenty years of rock concerts, garage bands, and car stereo systems have muted my ability to pick out subtleties in critical listening. Nevertheless, I am happy that I made the upgrade as I know that the quality is there in the B&K, and now my Denon can operate more efficiently as a preamp without the added strain of powering multi-channels. Plus, I now have a second showpiece in my system.

For anyone confused whether to go with a quality receiver vs. separates, much like I was. Let me tell you that this is a no-brainer for me now. A separate component system will open up and sing for you, revealing nuances and a smooth richness in your music like you have never experienced. I am only hearing the half of it as I am sure that using my mid-fi Denon receiver as a preamp/processor does not equal the sound quality of a dedicated high-end pre/pro! I only wish that I discovered this years ago.

My components:

Denon AVR 2802 (used as pre/pro)
B&K Reference 200.2 (powering mains)
B&K AV125.5 (powering center, L&R surrounds)
(2) PS Audio xStream Power Plasma power cords for amps
Monster Power Reference 3500mkII conditioner
Paradigm Monitor 9's v.1
Paradigm CC 350 center
Paradigm ADP 370 surrounds
Paradigm Mini Monitors for eventual back surrounds when discrete 7.1 is here.
Velodyne CT110 sub
outdated 27" Sony Trinitron
cheap Samsung DVD player M101
JVC HR VP656u Hi-fi VCR

Various interconnects and speaker cables from Monster, Tributaries, and Apature

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Audio Classics Vesta

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