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B & K Audio has come back from the dead?

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Posted on March 15, 2017 at 14:32:12
hifitommy
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it seems so. i hope they are as transparent as they once were. i had one of their pre/pros and it was plate glass/crystal clear so that anything passed through it suffered NO audible degradation.
...regards...tr

 

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...and it looks like, posted on March 15, 2017 at 15:32:40
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..they've completely abandoned their 2-channel heritage.

The folks looking to buy the type of products they now sell will be wholly unfamiliar with the B&K name.

I wish them luck.

Dean.








reelsmith's axiom: Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.


 

RE: B & K Audio has come back from the dead?, posted on March 15, 2017 at 17:34:34
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I'm currently running a B&K Ref 200.2 that drives my Maggies extremely well. I wish they hadn't bailed on the 2 channel stuff. It would have been nice to have a service department for their older stuff which I would bet they won't touch now.

 

back from the dead?, posted on March 15, 2017 at 18:08:56
hifitommy
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they used to be in buffalo new york but the parent company, API took them to canada. it MAY be the same people. or NOT. a communication with them would be wise.
...regards...tr

 

API?, posted on March 15, 2017 at 18:37:11
Inmate51
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Is that the API of recording studio console fame? Thanks.

:)

 

RE: API?, posted on March 15, 2017 at 19:06:11
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No, it's Audio Products International. Which is now owned by Klipsch.
Dan Santoni

 

RE: API?, posted on March 16, 2017 at 09:26:51
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Thanks! Much appreciated.

On the topic of name/acronym uncertainty, I should note for readers that the B&K discussed in this thread is not the same company as the Brel & Kjaer (B&K) professional sound/vibration measurement instrumentation company headquartered in Denmark, and for which AA inmate BigGuyInATL works.

I'd always thought it to be a little tacky for a hifi company to ride on the name recognition coattails of a world-reknown instrumentation company. Now, they've also got "API", which is unrelated to the API that professional audio engineers know.

Thanks again for the info.

:)

 

RE: API?, posted on March 16, 2017 at 09:47:30
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API is also American Petrolium Institute. Maybe something else as well. Who knows.

 

RE: API?, posted on March 16, 2017 at 10:48:00
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Hahahaha! Good one.

On the other hand, I'm pretty sure nobody will confuse the American Petroleum Institute with two other APIs in a whole different industry, nor two B&Ks in audio with the B&K plumbing and faucet company.

But, hey, as long as we're on API, it's also an acronym for "application programming interface".

:)

 

I'm no advertising expert, but, posted on March 16, 2017 at 13:41:13
semuta
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I really wonder why the sole photo on the home page is of a couch, a coffee table, a dying plant, and two dirty glasses.

 

Drat.... , posted on March 16, 2017 at 13:47:22
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Now we will be getting (Again) calls directed to them - and they will be getting calls directed to us... Again.

Use to happen regularly...

I do wish them prosperous sales...



"The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat" - Confucius

 

RE: B & K Audio has come back from the dead?, posted on March 16, 2017 at 16:55:36
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My Son is still using a B&K Pro-5 preamp and a B&K ST-140 amplifier, that I bought new in 1988.
Still going strong.
Probably due for a recap about now though.

Steve

 

and "atmospheric pressure ionization" --, posted on March 16, 2017 at 18:07:53
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in mass spectrometry.

all the best,
mrh

 

I saw inside a B&K Amp years ago., posted on March 17, 2017 at 09:08:53
oldmkvi
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Big Aluminum Box, almost nothing In it.
Seemed like Wool was being Pulled!

 

a B&K Amp , posted on March 17, 2017 at 10:46:02
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it's probably why they sound so good, no more parts than it takes to do the job well.
...regards...tr

 

RE: Great Amp., posted on March 17, 2017 at 11:51:39
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One of very few reasonably priced amps stable into a 2 ohm load. Great design and great sound.

 

RE: B & K Audio has come back from the dead?, posted on March 17, 2017 at 12:58:46
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I listened to the old B&K ST-140 quite a bit back in the day. Always thought that they were great products, especially in the "bang for the buck" department, but they more than held their own when compared to the competition at sometimes two to three times the price.

They were also very successful in the HT end of the business, which could explain why they weren't more popular with the 2-channel crowd. They really should have attracted more of a following in the 2-channel segment of our hobby than they did. A case of guilt by association?

Now, does this new venture have anything more to do with the B&K of the past other than appropriating the name? At this point I expect not!

Cheers,
SB

 

I disagree. Small stuff in big box.. May be very high quality small stuff., posted on March 17, 2017 at 13:00:40
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The size of the box is usually a consumer driven thing.
Having the same size boxes throughout the line..
The circuit board and the stuff on it can be pretty small. Or really stuffed with endless crap.

 

+1 nt, posted on March 17, 2017 at 13:01:13
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back from the dead?, posted on March 17, 2017 at 13:51:03
hifitommy
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it is quite possible that the new company is the descendant of the original. whether they honor warranties is a question. as the company lives on, i think they will go back to the kind of business they did before.
...regards...tr

 

RE: B & K Audio has come back from the dead?, posted on March 17, 2017 at 14:04:30
fantja
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Points to consider;
where is the gear made?
will they provide Customer Service for older products?

 

RE: API?, posted on March 17, 2017 at 14:22:14
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Audio Power Industries as well. Not sure what happened to them, but they garnered a name for themselves in the early days of audiophile power conditioners. Remember the PowerWedge? Good ol' Les Edelberg and company...

 

RE: I saw inside a B&K Amp years ago., posted on March 17, 2017 at 14:24:42
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I used an ST 202 for years with my Spica TC 50s. An excellent combination.

 

the dead?, posted on March 17, 2017 at 14:50:26
hifitommy
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canada is the home country. the company has to regenerate and become viable. service shouldn't be a prob tho.

...regards...tr

 

One of those B&K empty boxes ... , posted on March 17, 2017 at 16:47:18
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...provided me many years of trouble free sonic excellence.

Nothing but fond memories of my ST-140... which I bought from Tom Gillette.

Some of you may recognize that name.

Dean.






reelsmith's axiom: Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.


 

RE: One of those B&K empty boxes ... , posted on March 17, 2017 at 17:50:02
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Which name? ST-140 or Tom? :)

An ST-140 was my first "audiophile" purchase...a purchase based mostly on Sam's high praise for it. Moved up to an EX-442 from that, which traded some of the 140's politeness for some balls. Then I tried a tube amp....

 

RE: or "Ass-Pickin' Individual" . . . . (nt), posted on March 17, 2017 at 18:14:38
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OK, I stand corrected! nt, posted on March 17, 2017 at 21:06:37
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individual" . . . . , posted on March 22, 2017 at 13:08:12
hifitommy
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that would be Rafa Nadal.

...regards...tr

 

CORRECTION----it is A.T.I. , posted on March 22, 2017 at 13:26:57
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Amplifier Technologies, Inc. (ATI)

hopefully, they will gravitate back into the consumer market with stereo products.
...regards...tr

 

Oh boy! I sure hope so! , posted on March 23, 2017 at 21:37:13
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My Reference 30 and Reference 50 would love to get some love.

 

message from B & K Audio , posted on March 24, 2017 at 09:24:05
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"hifitommy, thanks for your interest in the new B&K. I say "new" because the old company ceased operations in 2010. We purchased the brand last year and are re-launching with a focus on custom installation. I won't say we're not pursuing stereo, but it's not the focus of our re-launch. But please continue to follow us ... we take the legacy of the brand very seriously.
THU 11:05AM

this message from my inquiry.
...regards...tr

 

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