B&K ST 140 Vintage NICENice early vintage 70 watt B&K ST 140. This is the one that audiophiles rave about (vs. the later model ST 140, 105 watt). With handles, serial number 1909. Made in USA (Buffalo, NY). Purch...160.00
Return accepted only if description is not accurate.
Nice early vintage 70 watt B&K ST 140. This is the one that audiophiles rave about (vs. the later model ST 140, 105 watt). With handles, serial number 1909. Made in USA (Buffalo, NY). Purchased as a back up amp a few years ago, have not used it and see no reason to keep it. Have been listening with my Luxman L-550ax in preamp mode for a few days, sounds really really nice. Please ask any questions prior to bidding.
No International please. Local pickup in Long Beach, NY encouraged, but will ship to CONUS - buyer to pay. Paypal accepted gladly, I'll pay paypal charge.
See excerpt from Sam Tellig 1985 Stereophile article below (December 1985):
"Seriously, I wouldn't want to see this controversy—essentially a feud between B&K's John Beyer and his ex-partner, Steve Kaiser—obscure the point that B&K products are among the finest values on the market today.
JGH reported the B&K ST-140 one of the best amps under $1000 two years ago; I think it's one of the best amps, period. That's startling when you consider its $440 price. It may well have some sonic competition from a new 100Wpc Adcom, expected to retail for around $400, but I have a hunch the ST-140 will hold its own. It has against the Threshold S/150, Quicksilver Mono Tube Amps, and the New York Audio Labs Moscode 600—all in the $1000+ price category.
Other showdowns: the ST-140 is more dynamic than the NYAL Moscode 300 ($899), and sweeter, less grainy, and more dynamic than the Tandberg 3006A ($995). And, as a bonus, the B&K even looks good, whether in black with gold handles, or all gold.
Rated at "only" 70Wpc, the B&K packs the tremendous dynamic punch of a far more powerful amp—it's been able to drive anything I asked it to. Superb with Spendor SP-1s, and equally outstanding with Quad ESL-63s, the ST-140 is probably the best amp I have used with the Quads, including the Quicksilver Mono Tube amps. It makes the Quads sound dynamic—even gutsy—yet the midrange is silky-smooth and sweet."