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Balanced Audio Technology: Luxuriate In Ultra-High-End Holiday Listening

WILMINGTON, Delaware — High-end audio bridges the gap between merely listening to reproduced sound and being immersed in an astonishingly realistic representation of the musical experience. Balanced Audio Technology (BAT) is dedicated to creating ultimate-performance vacuum tube and solid-state audio components that combine the best of both time-tested and modern design approaches with heirloom-quality construction.

For listeners seeking the very best, there is no more rewarding gift than hearing music in the home in all its depth, richness and emotional involvement.

Whether it’s a studio apartment with skyline views or an expansive home with minimalist décor, even the most uncluttered living space should breathe with the life of exquisite music. The VK-3000SE integrated amplifier serves as the heart of a truly superlative music system. It combines a vacuum-tube preamplifier and 150 watt-per-channel solid-state stereo amplifier in one simple to use, exceptional-sounding component. Like all BAT products, the VK-3000SE employs balanced circuit topology, which amplifies musical signals while blocking unwanted electronic noise, to ensure total signal purity.

The VK-3000SE incorporates a host of design innovations including the 6H30 vacuum tube, which was first discovered by BAT as unparalleled for use in audio applications; a symmetrical output stage that uses ultra-fast bipolar transistors; an optional phono module to accommodate a turntable; and numerous additional enhancements. Even its remote control is machined from a single block of aluminum. The VK-3000SE is available in black or two-tone silver/ black finish. (SRP: $7,995; $8,995 with phono stage)

The REX II Reference Linestage Preamplifier represents the pinnacle of Balanced Audio Technology’s purist approach to building the ultimate audio control center. It employs fully balanced circuitry and only a single Unistageâ„¢ gain stage to provide an unrestricted signal path with extraordinary sonic purity. BAT’s approach to two-chassis design is unique in the world of high-end audio. Briefly, a power supply has a positive and negative phase. Without getting overly technical, the positive side generates less electronic noise than the negative side. The REX II places the negative side of the power supply away from the signal tubes, resulting in ultra-quiet operation where music emerges from a “black” background of utter silence.

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The preamplifier incorporates the 6H30 vacuum tube and custom-designed amorphous core output transformers rather than conventional output capacitors; and again, without getting too technical, these amorphous core transformers give this preamp the sonic transparency and dynamic shadings that set new standards in these categories.

Additional refinements include BAT SUPER-PAK custom oil capacitors, a proprietary electronic shunt volume control with 140 steps of 0.5dB resolution and additional refinements to deliver a level of transparency, dynamic scale and musical texture that is simply beguiling. (SRP: $25,000)

The REX Power II Mono Power Amplifier is designed to be nothing less than an all-out effort to redefine the state of the art in audio power amplification. It features a fully symmetrical design from input to output with high current, all-triode vacuum tube, zero-feedback topology. Think of it as two single-ended amplifiers per channel with their signals summed at the output transformer, a configuration that enables the use of a wide-bandwidth output transformer with vanishingly low distortion.

Like all Balanced Audio Technology audio components, the REX II Power Amplifier is built to the highest standards in every respect. To name just one example, it employs custom oil capacitors in the power supply section for increased energy storage, yielding effortless dynamic capability and superb fidelity to music’s finest textures. High 160-watt power output, extended frequency response and stunning musical realism all meet in the REX Power II. (SRP: $39,800 for monoblocks; also available in 80-watt-per-channel stereo configuration at $19,900)

One listen and your musical outlook will be forever transformed. Balanced Audio Technology components are proudly handcrafted in the United States of America.

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