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B&K Reference 50 S2 died - Fixed!

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I recently bought a B&K Reference 50 S2 from Audiogon. After about 3 weeks of happy listening, the piece no longer powers on. I used to keep it on Standby. It was behind a double grounded transient voltage suppressor and a UPS/surge protector. All other components that were plugged into the same electrical source are not damaged. The B&K was running an Anthem PVA7 to my Swan Diva 6.2F, Diva C3 center, and Diva 2.1 rears.

I was away for several days, but my roommates told me one day it simply did not turn on. I have tried everything and the unit will not power on. The fuse is OK. I cannot tell if it is getting power. I have to get my multimeter from work on Monday to check. I'm thinking and hoping it's something as simple as the mechanical power switch but I know that is unlikely. The second place I am going to look is the power supply. After that, I am lost.

Has anyone had experience with the Ref 50 S2? Has anyone seen this problem? I emailed B&K but since I bought this as the 3rd use owner, it has no warranty and I don't believe they would be interested in helping.

Really bummed.
Edited by Greg121986 - 10/31/11 at 3:42pm
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How much do you trust your roommates? Who knows what they might have been doing with your gear when you were gone.
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How much do you trust your roommates? Who knows what they might have been doing with your gear when you were gone.
this. a friend messing around with another friend's gear blew one of his speakers
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I trust my roommate to be able to press a power button.. There is no reason for me to blame them.
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I am a bit embarrassed but elated to say that I have fixed the problem. It turns out, the fuse had blown. I only looked at it before and thought it looked OK, but after I got my voltmeter on it today I found that it didn't ring out. So I went to radio crap and bought some replacements. She fired back to life!
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Wonder how the fuse blew
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Wonder how the fuse blew
That's the next question. All other components that were on the same circuit were not damaged. I have removed the UPS because I think it is no good. There seems to be some capacitor whine for some reason. I am going to blame it for now. I won't be leaving the amp or the processor on standby anymore. They are getting completely switched off.

I'm going to look into a better surge protector.
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