BAlabo – BP-1 MK-II Power Amplifier

The BAlabo BP-1 MK-II presents subtle, contoured shading, microdynamics galore and astonishing midrange clarity. Bottom
registers are tuneful and expressive, with awesome dynamic authority.

BP-1 MK-II Power Amplifier from Bridge Audio Laboratory

BAlabo – BP-1 MK-II Power Amplifier
from Bridge Audio Laboratory

The BAlabo BP-1 MK-II Power amplifier is a tour-de-force in amplifier design and the absolute last word in musical performance. The BP-1 MK-II has a level of transparency and warmth that is seldom achieved in large power amplifiers. As a 100% solid state design, the BP-1 MK-II possesses incomparable grip and effortless control without any of the dryness, glare or strain often associated with lesser designs.

Visual Indicators Front Panel
The BP-1 MK-II brings a set of intelligent and useful functions right
to the front panel - each has its own visual indicator.

Mute Function
Front panel mute is a most useful function for quick changing of interconnects or
upstream components. The push button toggle, lights amber in "Mute"

Power Level Indicators
In the center of the front panel of the BP-1 MK-II there are two lighted vertical power indicators for the left and right channels. The greater the power output, the higher the vertical bar is illuminated. Light function can be attenuated 10dB for high efficiency systems or, turned off completely.

Illuminated Standby/On Function
A Standby/On switch is located on the front panel so the BP-1 MK-II is ready at all times to provide the optimal sound quality without the need for a warm up period. Electrolytic caps remain charged during standby while power consumption is a mere 15 watts. Main on/off is located on the rear of the chassis. Blue indicates On, amber indicates Standby.

Remote Control Input Jacks - Standby/On from Control Amplifier
A remote Standby/On scheme is employed in all BAlabo products. The BP-1 MK-II has a pair of RJ11 jacks on the rear panel for use with BAlabo control amplifiers, offering remote control power Standby/On switching from those units. This remote system is completely isolated from all audio signals.

Unique Internal Grounding Scheme
Finally, the musical benefits of two channels in a single chassis have been fully realized. Although monoblock designers have long touted the benefits of independent power circuits and smaller chassis design, the vexing monoblock ground loop conundrum has never fully been solved. These incremental monoblock benefits come at a high price - they detract from the listening experience by obscuring and interfering with low level details in the music. Now, through the superior internal grounding scheme of the BP-1 MK-II, minute intra-channel stray currents are neutralized and the noise floor is driven to impossibly low levels.

Signal Ground Plane Connection Lug
Small differences in ground potential between components can detract dramatically from sound quality. The BP-1 MK-II offers a signal grounding lug (not chassis ground) that is intended to tie together the signal ground planes of the BAlabo Control amplifier and the BAlabo Power amplifier - thereby eliminating any minute differences in ground potential.

Noise Reduction for AC Line and Power Rectification
In home environments, electronic equipment such as personal computers and televisions, add noise to the power mains and degrade the AC waveform. This can deteriorate the performance audio components. The BP-1 MK-II employs a power line filter at the AC inlet that reduces external noise and reshapes the AC wave form.

PowerCon AC Inlet
The BP-1 MK-II uses PowerCon connector made by Neutrik Corporation of Germany for superior reliability and product safety. The PowerCon is a bayonet, snap-in mechanism and is designed to prevent unexpected disengagement of the AC cord. The PowerCon has one-third the contact resistance of conventional connectors and a larger maximum current rating (20A).

Custom Components Throughout
For the ultimate in sound quality, components must be designed and selected through careful listening tests. The BP-1 MK-II boasts an amazing 85% custom components, such as all electrolytic capacitors in the power supply section, fixed resistors for the audio signal, copper foil capacitors for phase compensation and the relays. Audio improvements are easily recognized when compared to bulk style, off the shelf components.

Mechanical Grounding of Chassis
The four corners of the chassis are constructed with heavy-duty, extruded aluminum for superior mechanical integrity. The chassis is designed to aid in the dispersion of the resonant frequencies by the use of various materials (Aluminum/Steel/polymer) each with their own properties of absorption and transmission. As the result, the local resonance of each structural member is suppressed to an absolute minimum.

Integrated Spikes for Rigid Installation
The feet of the BP-1 MK-II are coated with Teflon with an under cushion material to prevent shipping damage. Once the BP-1 MK-II is installed, spikes (included) can be threaded into the base of each foot for additional mechanical grounding.




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Tech Specs

  • Power output - 500 Wpc into 8 ohms
  • S/N - 110 dB
  • THD - .015%
  • Frequency response -
    20Hz - 20KHz +0, -0.1 dB
    5Hz - 100KHz +0, -1.0 dB
  • Weight - 165 lb.
  • Dimensions -
    16.75"w. x 28.5"d. x 10.6"h.
    420mm w. x 720mm d. x 270mm h.
  • Power consumption –
    1300 Watts Continuous
    15 Watts Standby

Connections and Controls

  • Front Panel:
    • L/R Power indicator lamps, Switches: standby, Lamp control -10db, off, & signal mute.
  • Back Panel:
    • Inputs - 1 pair rca (bnc optional), 1 pair Balanced (XLR) - switch selectable
    • Attenuation Control - 6 discrete positions for each channel
    • Signal Grounding Lug (for connection to control amp)
    • Remote on/off activation via 2 RJ11s (for connection to control amp)
    • Speaker Terminals - Custom contact plate & thumb screw
    • AC inlet - PowerCon 20A (Power cord included for US operation)

"Listening deeper into the music, I discovered that, in addition to sounding very open and alive, with beautifully full midranges, both systems excelled in timbral accuracy."

Jason Victor Serinus