B&K Components Pro10MC Preamplifiers

B&K Components Pro10MC Preamplifiers 

DESCRIPTION

Preamplifier with MM/MC Phono Stage

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 17, 2006]
rbsnoddy
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Smooth sound, cosmetically pleasing, quality construction.

Weakness:

None

I originally had the B&K Pro-5, but upgraded to the Pro-10 pre-amp. Really enjoy yhe unit and have had no problems with it. The sound being generated from this unit is smooth and sweet, especially the female voice (Cowboy Junkies). I presently am running the B&K ST-202 as the amplifier and feel matched with the Pro-10, the combination is very effective.

Although I'm sure there are major improvements which have been made in the past 15 years or so (since I've owned this pre-amp), I'm satisfied and will not upgrade anytime soon. Highly recommended.....

Similar Products Used:

B&K Pro-5, Pioneer SX-780 receiver (still have)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 04, 2004]
94fxsts
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Better than people give credit.

Weakness:

No remote. Guess you'll live longer if ya get off the sofa from time too time.

They stopped making this unit a while back. I was going too purchace my dealer friend's demo but he found a new one in his stock room. I like the way this unit looks and sounds.

Similar Products Used:

Parasound SAE

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 15, 2003]
lpaulet
AudioPhile

Strength:

Very clear pre-amp. Really lets you hear detail from source components. Great phono stage for the money. Gold plated connectors, lots of inputs, seperate power supply to minimize noise, balanced output jacks as well as two sets of RCA jacks for bi-amping.

Weakness:

Some sound cross-bleed. I left the VCR on and had it switched to the CD player, I could still hear the VCR very faintly through the speakers. You have to turn off other sources to avoid this. No remote also.

Before buying this pre-amp I have owned the Carver C-4000 holographic pre-amp and Monarchy SE-100 Delux monoblock amps. The day I brought home a pair of factory rebuilt Magnepan 1.5QR speakers, I heard colorations and lack of detail in my system compared to the system the speakers came from. I wasn't financially in the position to make significant changes to my system, so when I saw this B&K pre-amp, I thought I'd give it a try. The reviews on this site and from others I knew, convinced me it was worth trying. The coloration was gone. The detail was impressive. It removes itself from the system sonically and you hear the source component itself. I tried swapping a few CD players and I can distinctly heard the ways in which each one was different! I've never heard that big of a difference in source components before. This was all in the passive mode. The active mode (which I use for phono only), has very minimal coloration only (nice job B&K!). I haven't played around with swapping phono cartridges, but this is a good phono stage. It's better than the Rotel and Creek phono stages you see for $100-150 used. Lots of detail, if any weakness, it's a slight lack of dynamics. Although what one person calls dynamics, another would call inaccurate or colored sound. I don't know where the line needs to be drawn, but the phono stage could use a little more punch. Clarity, resolution and detail are there, though. Makes my old Carver phono stage sound really, really mucky and bad. Will I keep this pre-amp? Yeah, definitely. At least until I finish auditioning source components. I feel I can trust the clarity this pre-amp offers to base my decisions. I will audition other phono stages, but honestly, I feel I'll have to spend over $400 on a used phono stage to hear much of a difference. I would recommend this pre-amp to anyone who currently uses "old-school" 70's Pioneer, Marantz or 80's Carver equipment. Nostalgia isn't everything. Also, anyone leaving the world of mid-fi equipment like the kind found in nationwide chain electronics stores, you can get this pre-amp and build a system around it, knowing it will serve you very well. I gave it 5 stars on value because I honestly didn't think I could find something this good at this price. I gave it 4 stars overall because if the phono stage doesn't have the punch I'm looking for, though the clarity is great. It could be my phono cartridge (Benz Micro Glider)... that remains to be seen.

Similar Products Used:

See above.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 12, 2003]
MarkBlom
AudioPhile

Strength:

Nice sound for the Budget minded

Weakness:

Bad Bleed through of other componenets

This is the old Original B&K pro-10mc black face with the silver handles that matched the ST-140 of the late 80s. I bought this preamp broke of ebay and fixed it up the RCA's on the back were all loose and some had broke wires from being twisted and I found one Capacitor on the board loose and the contact needed re soldered. But after I got it fixed not to much work. This is a very good preamp for a budget minded person. very simple design No tone Controls to mess up the sound has a desent soundstage and great dynamics and nice bass I do enjoy listening to it. The only real bad thing I noticed is bad bleed through of other componets if you turn it up loud with nothing playing with what you have selected you will here the other componenets such as the Tuner bleeding through so I keep others off when I'm not listenig to them.

Similar Products Used:

NAD 1300, B&K pro5 much worse, Adcom Rotel,

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 13, 2003]
merasdad
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Bypass mode. Phono stage. Tape monitor. Dynamic, uncolored sound. Hi-end, low cost product.

Weakness:

None at the price.

I auditioned several pre-amps and integrated amps including Rotel, NAD, Parasound, AMC before someone recommended the Pro10MC. I was attracted to the fact that it had a phono stage. I paired it with an Acurus A150 to power some NHT 2.5s. I've been using it for 8 years and really have no complaints. In bypass mode, it's extremely uncolored. Using the gain is a necessity with the phono stage. The gain is also a must when rockin' out. There is a slight veil added when using the gain stage, but the dynamics are tremendous.

Similar Products Used:

NAD, Rotel, Parasound, AMC.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 29, 2002]
AudioAlleyCat
AudioPhile

Strength:

Very Nuetral. Clean and detailed. Polite. Excellent value

Weakness:

Bass a tad shy

When I first got this preamp I couldnt believe how well it sounded. I tried a lot of preamps and stopped experimenting with preamps after this one. Its thats good. Gotta be the best preamp under $ 500.00 used. Its a high end preamp that you can pick up used around $300 to $350. Its clean, nuetral and detailed. Detailed where I heard things I havent heard before on CDs. No kidding. Minuses: The bass is not jumpy enough musically. Its still there, just a tad deeper and livelier will do. Very minor drawback. Not a big deal. Everything else makes up for it. Doesnt interfere with the music. Other low cost preamps I like were the Superphon revelation (Musical and dynamic) and Creek 42. On a budget, anyone one of those three above will do. I like the B&K the best. Definintely a giant killer.

Similar Products Used:

Acurus, NAD, Superphon, Audio Alchemy DLC, Creek, others

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 23, 2002]
Philip Canard
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Comes with an excellent MM/MC phono stage that would cost you at least half of what the preamp cost if you bought it separately. Comes with an outboard transformer, which is very rare at this price point.

Weakness:

The headphone output impedance needs to be lower, but it still sounds good on 40 ohm Grado phones.

A real giant killer of a preamp. It was very conservatively rated as a Stereophile Class C component in their recommended components list. Audio magazine gave it a very favorable review in he early 90''s. If you find one in excellent condition for less than $300, grab it for sure.

Similar Products Used:

Homebuilt tubed preamp.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 05, 1999]
Sonny Tuazon Sonny Tuazon
an Audio Enthusiast

I recently purchased the B&K Pro10MC from Audiolab at US $499.00. I found out it was a steal. Why? You should actually hear it to believe. I decided to buy in order to have a dedicated pre-amp for my audio only listening. My Pro10 actually works with a pair of the EX4420M driving a pair of B&W 803 Series II with the California Audio Labs Delta Transport and Alpha DAC as front ends. MY interconnects are from Esoteric Model Artus HB and speaker cables from Audioquest (Midnight 2). You should hear how these components work together giving me the perfect soundstage and stable image. The sound is very neutral, musical and very, very close to the natural sound. The Class A circuit topology as claimed by B&K for the Pro10 greatly improved the musicality of my system as compared to when I was using my AVP 4090 as audio only pre-amp. Now I enjoy listening to my CD collection more than watching my son Jeco and his Mom Mary Ann's movie collection. I didn't know you can enjoy listening to music and watching movies from practically the same system. For this I give the Pro10 a five star. The performance certainly can be had only from electronics that is easily three times its price.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 20, 1998]
Alan Chia
a Casual Listener

Zeke, don't stop your listening test by just realising that it uses ribbon cables!!!. A lot of Pre-Amp comes and go in my System (Audilab 8000Q, Audio
Alchemy DLC,Musical Fidelity's ,Anthem PRE and even the well respected McCormack
TLC-1) but still the B&K Pro10mc takes resident.
Scott is correct, this pre-Amp is difficult to beat!..Trust me..! (for the money!)., unless your judgement is based on ribbon cables.!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 18, 1998]
Scott Snyder
an Audiophile

I was in the market to step up from my integrated amp to seperates. Although I am an audiophile, I am also a bit of a cheapskate, in the tellieg mold. I needed a preamp with a phono section, since I still listen to vinyl as much as digital sources. In my shopping I came across the Pro10mc. After research and listening, I purchased a demo with full warranty for under $600. I have been completely satisfied. I run the unit in passive mode, primarily to gain finer control over volume levels. I find the active mode is 99% as good as passive. The unit is quiet, clean and detailed. The build quality is outstanding for the price. I feel I would have to spend far more than two times the price to equal the performance. Please use the following guide to my star rating.
1 garbage
2 mediocre performance and/or value for money
3 Average performance and/or value for money
4 Excellent performance and/or value for money
5 The best their is, cost no objet.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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