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Blue Circle Audio BC22
8 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
MSRP  2150.00
Description: Power output: 125 watts per channel into 8 ohms Power requirement: 120 VAC 50/60Hz, 600 W Max; also available for 100, 200 or 240 VAC Dimensions: (w x h x d): 17.5" x 3.625" x 14.375" | 445 mm x 92 mm x 365 mm Weight (without packaging): 30 lbs | 13.6 kg Warranty: 3 year parts and labour


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Will68 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2002

Bottom Line:   
First impression on lifting this amp onto my equipment rack: there's no way it can weigh only 30 pounds! Feels as heavy as my old 4B-ST which was supposed to weigh 42 pounds. First impression on playing music: Wow! big soundstage and the highs are SO smooth! Overall it's more laidback than the 4B-ST so it draws you into the music instead of shoving it into your face. Bass has nice bloom. Very good PRaT - the music ALWAYS gets my head bobbing and feet tapping but unlike Naim amps, soundstage and imaging are also impressive!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001



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

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2002

Bottom Line:   
After auditioning several amps, I decided on the BC22. Although I used it with other preamps, my comments are mostly from my experience with the BC22 mated to the BC21.1 preamp. The two definetely form a immensely musical system. The bass reaches deep (although I uspect is slightly elevated), the midbass is absolutely lush, the midrange is as accurate as I can recall ever hearing- my references are Joan Baez and Emmyolu Harris live with no amplification- As a matter of fact I find that the BC system serves the voice better than anything I ever heard. The treble is clear, extended, and non fatiguing. One way to describe the sound is to say that it is very detailed and accurate, yet it does not throw you all that detail at you, it rather lets you discern, at your leasure, all the music you can find.
I drive Magnepans 1.6QR with the BC22 and the combination is magical. Its only shortcomings are on very loud passages when tha amp will rather politely compress the bass lines..

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1500.00



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

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is so far the best sounding solid state amp that I ever had, very musical and very sweet to my ears it makes me want to listen for hours without fatigue, not boring at all.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom B a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I guess I can agree with all the earlier positive comments. I am also at least the third person who switched from a Conrad Johnson MF Amplifier and will not go back. The CJ Amps are very good; I had the old series as did the earlier reviewers. Mine was a MF2100. I do not know how this would compare with the current generation CJ solid state amps. This has been compared with the Bryston 3B-ST. The Bryston being more precisely accurate and detailed, which may or may not be your taste in an amp. I am very pleased with my purchase.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Used Private Sale



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Let me start of by stating that the Blue Circle BC22 is just an all around satisfying product. I won't go into alot of technical talk, but I will discuss how this fine product has impacted me. First off, let me tell you that the reason I wanted to purchase this amp was because of the tremendous experience I have had with other Blue Circle products. I picked up a Blue Circle BC21 preamp about 8 months ago and it just absolutely blew me away (refer to my summary on Audioreview). Anyway, when I received it I was impressed first by the attention to packing materials. I first pulled out the hefty little, yes the BC22 is modest in size, but hefty none-the-less (about 36 lbs!) and began the break in process.

Now, about 3 weeks later I began serious evaluation. The naturalness of the midrange is what I first took notice of. Voices sound sweet and quite palpable and insruments sound very clear and accurate. Soundstage depth is large and images are very stable. Seperation is very good and placement is accurate. I must say this, the BC22 really does not come through as an amp with any real in your face strenghts or weaknesses. It just does music very accurately and naturally. I really had a hard time trying to pick at its sonic presentation without getting lost in the music. After a few more months the little BC22 sounds even less like an amp and more like the music that's coming out of it than before.

Do be aware of this, if you are planning on hooking this baby up to full range dynamic planers, then you may want to hold off until you can afford a more powerfull amp. The Magnepan's I had when mated to the BC22 just sucked the power right out of it, but only when the SPL's started betting up there. Don't get me wrong, the BC did fine with low to moderate volume and only until it was pushed did it lose steam drasticaly. I am confident that this amp will meet every need of the person needing moderate power and who is concerned with a musical presentation, and not with exaggeration of characteristics and information within the music. Are there alot of great amps out there in the $2000.00 price range? Absolutely. It just so happens that this is the one for me. (Until I have enough money for the BC26 that is.) Highly recommended.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Simply Music




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