New B&K Ref. 70 owner here.
I picked it up from Magnolia Hi-Fi last Friday. So far, I have a mixed review.Pros:
Movie performance with the Ref. 70 decoding DD/DTS is amazing! It's the best "HT" experience I've heard/seen yet.Cons:
It's probably my fault for not investigating this more before hand, but I don't have a subwoofer as my fronts push more then enough bass for me and my condo. Using 7.1 PCM I lose *all* LFE since the audio is basically in passthrough mode. Major bummer! I suppose this will be fixed by the HD codec update.
I'm having pretty significant stability problems. I've had the unit crash/freeze on me at least once a day. I notice the frequently when changing audio options, the video will freeze and the unit will reboot "resetting video" several times. I usually have to power cycle when this starts. Hopefully a new firmware fixes this. I'm running 1.03 at the moment.
I have lots and lots of audible popping/hissing when changing sources or settings. Video also flashes like crazy when anything changes. If I switch to "DVD Audio" mode for 7.1 PCM the video literally flashes on and off for 30+ seconds.
I'm really not impressed with 2-chan music performance at all. The Outlaw 990 blows it away musically. Even my 5 year old Yamaha RX-1300 reciever exposes more details in PCM 2.0 music. It's very flat an uninsipred to me. Details I'm used to hearing on other hardware are lost. For reasons that I don't yet fully understand, DVD music in DD/DTS sounds fantastic... I'm not sure yet if that's just my knowledge of the material, the DSPs, or what....
I'm really looking forward to the DSP upgrade, which I understand should be ready "any day now" to see if that helps any.
Also, I was really suprised to open the box and see an E.I. power transformer hiding in there...