Should probably qualify it with a "fitness for purpose" stamp though. The BK is still a good solution for home users who need a few proper studio facilities. The issues with it don't really become apparent until you're working in a high end environment and on projects that are sensitive to those sort of elements.
Better Narcoman (see, you CAN be nice!).
After all you would not call an AC15 "crap" just because it cannot fill the RAH with lucious clean tones?
My 2496 has an absolute maximum output of +2dBV(it never gets close and a noise floor some 96dB below 0dBFS) thus the BK would never be embarrassed slotted in between it and my Tannoy 5a's. I would suspect that there are vastly more SoS readers running at those sort of levels than are ever hitting +10dBu never mind +23!
BTW. Where are all the entreprenurial "bodgers" these days? I well recall Tape Recorder mag modds to the A77. An excellent deck but cursed with daft switching and "unpro" ins and out. There were several commercial firms that would "pro" a 77 and the Ferro Series 7's.
I am sure the BK could be changed and a beefier output stage fitted?