Originally Posted by dlary
I doubt if many of us would have purchased the Ref 70 without the promise of a quick upgrade to match the capabilities of competitor's products. Many promises have been made by B&K dealers, but we still can't get an official announcement from B&K that they are even working on an upgrade to the new surround formats. Pardon me if all of the hearsay from engineers at B&K is beginning to wear a little thin. I think it is time for B&K to give us an update on what their plans are.
Hope my post is not OT: I have been following this thread, enthusiastically - or trying to be, as it creeps along. Also another thread (50+ pages) about Marantz AV/MM 8003 which included B&K's Ref 70 and SteveH's shoot-out The results motivated me to start saving for the Ref 70/200.7. Started a PM dialogue and phone conversation with SteveH who was very thoughtful and who gently nudged me to commit before the promises of codecs and Motorola's RC were delivered. My intuition was to wait, not doubting his sincerity.
After over a year, I had returned my Denon 4308CI to Crutchfield totally dissatisfied with its audio and video performance, HDMI handshake bugs etc. Took a sizeable loss and replaced it with Marantz AV/MM 8003 which arrived defective out of the box.
In anticipation, I purchased AudioQuest's XLRs which cost enough to purchase an amp. Serves me right to put the horse before the cart.
. Presently feeding audio to an ole stand-by, Yamaha DSP-A1 without HDMI but with quite enjoyable audio and an unbreakable performance for all these years.
Was hoping to be reading that B&K delivered or was on the verge of following through. Reading everyone's posts is so disappointing. Sorry for all of you who have committed and anticipating those upgrades. As you are, I am keeping a positive attitude even if somewhat strained.
I committed to EA for the Oppo BD-83 (that number in variations keeps coming up) which I am grateful I did. Still buggy, but video and SQ are excellent. Wishing I could hook up the Oppo to a B&K system and have it all, especially hearing from others on this thread about their pleasure with the SQ. Presently, HDMI direct from Oppo to Sony 52XBR5
Excuse my lengthy post and OT. Just wanted to connect, express my appreciation learning from others about their experience with B&K and the on-going pursuit of those "promised" upgrades. Still saving for the Ref 70/200.7 in the hope that the upgrades and my B&K fund coincide in availability.