Received our BHK Preamplifier on Friday from a cold FedEx delivery truck and unpacked it set on a counter to let it warm up…
Tom Petty sang “The waiting is the hardest part”
A few weeks ago was in Houston on a rainy Saturday on assignment and found a high end Audio store spent at least 4 hours there listening to mostly McItosh systems with Sonus Faber and Parasound Speakers. Some of these systems were all tube some had tube preamps and SS Power amps. It was amazing how different the presentation was having SS power amplifier. What I realized was my home system was missing was a “maturity” or refinement in the presentation of the music. This I first realized when visiting Music Room 1. Letting these McIntosh systems warm up playing the same tracks and going between rooms really helped me understand some real differences in amplification mixes and presentation character. Very forward sounding, in your face crystal clear and balanced highs and midrange like a live experience vs a more musical emotional and relaxed soundstage as wide and deep as one might hope for outside of Mucic Room One.
After I left and went to the Dosey Doe to hear David Benoit and Marc Antoine in an awesome acoustic venue I could not get my thoughts away from uprgrading from my Krell Vanguard Integrated Class A which was very neutral but didn’t have that special presentation front to back depth, blending of highs and mids into natural instrument presentation through our SF Olympica II’s.
What I did know was we would be getting a Preamp and feeding the Krell Integrated on an input configured for HT Bypass.
After returning home and reading all the reviews having a DS DAC Sr and a DSMP I pulled the trigger on the BHK Preamp.
While the unit was warming up I had to somewhat deconstruct my media closet enough to temporarily place the BHK Pre.
Well once I got it connected and playing there was that notion that my home system would never sound the same ever again and that putting that preamp in the mix had a stunning effect on the presentation and musical emotion. The unit hadn’t broken in and still there was a drastic change and as the tubes and circuits warmed the veil lifted time and time again. It was evening and knew if I went to bed and let it continue to burn in overnight the next day would be an audio revelation. It was indeed!
After about an hour warming the pre tubes up I put on John Williams Seven Years in Tibet Invasion, and Patricia Barbour - Too Rich For My Blood and would not have anticipated what I was hearing. No longer were the highs mids and lows as discernible but were transformed into clear and distinct instruments in the soundstage, the deep low end was so fast, tight and controlled that what I once thought might require additional acoustic treatments was gone, Patricia Barbour’s vocals fell softly and perfectly behind the instruments in a room we were now in with a slight reverb that was incredibly natural.
I had listened to some very expensive Mc gear and signature Sonus Faber speakers and not heard these tracks come to life like this. Now I know what the other BHK Pre reviewers were saying about what this BHK Preamp can deliver, what the Calipso pre must have done to the music years ago and what Bascom has done with this Preamp.
Also your vinyl will never sound better!!!
Thank you PS Audio