I’m considering what would be the most expensive audio purchase I’ve made, and that would be the Signature Pre-Amp and a pair of BHK 300’s.
This would cost me more than my speakers, which I’m not sure makes sense as I do believe the speakers matter the most, but the BHK’s and the reviews and several shops have talked about how great they sound.
I’ve been doing my research and I do have a few concerns. With spending this much, I suppose I’m a believer that reliability should be a given and I have read more than a few posts on the following:
The Pre-Amp having various issues with shutting down and the display having issues. Some reports of a “burning” smell?
Heat - I realize they run warm, but there are a lot of reports of the 250 in particular running really hot. How are the 300’s in this regard? Will my room get really hot with them?
4 ohm speaker loads? My speakers are a 4ohm load and 88 db’s efficient. Any issues? They perform best with a lot of current and a fast slew rate. Reviews are all over on the bass response from outstanding, to a little lean. I do want an amp to take control of my woofers (they put out plenty of bass, but I want it to stay punchy and tight)
Please don’t take this as a list of what’s wrong with the BHK’s. I could list the superlatives that have been heaped upon them also. But, while sound quality matters, reliability also does. I know the customer service is great (and that is huge), but time wise we all know it’s a pain and bummer to send things back and forth.
A few years back I had a big Classe Amp and their SSP800. (Bought used). The amp was bullet-proof it seemed (ran really warm though) but the pre-pro had a few issues (I sent it in when I bought it for a full tune-up, and Classe was great). But even after that it had issues now and then.
Again, I really want to pull the trigger, but any thoughts on the above would be outstanding. Thanks so much.