BAT introduces the BAT VK-85 Preamplifier and REX 300 Power Amplifier

BAT introduces the BAT VK-85 Preamplifier and REX 300 Power Amplifier


Balanced Audio Technology (BAT) introduces the VK-85 preamplifier and REX 300 power amplifier, fully balanced solid state designs that offer some of the finest sonic attributes typically found only in tube-based circuitry. This is achieved through numerous in-house developed technologies, which continue to evolve, with the goal of bringing the end-user closer to the power of a live music experience.

The REX 300 is essentially a lower powered version of the highly regarded 500Wpc REX 500; think about trickle-down technology at its finest. Not everyone needs so much power, thus part of the reasoning behind the REX 300 which outputs 200Wpc, while using virtually all of the exceptional advanced circuitry found in its big brother.

Starting with a massive power supply, the REX 300 employs the same TWIN-Path (split power supply topology) found in the REX 500. These individual power paths allow the power supply to deliver much greater current than traditional designs. This power supply design is further enhanced by BAT’s new “SuperPak Quattro” capacitor bank which provides four levels of power-supply filtration. The result is music’s textural beauty, tonal density and harmonic accuracy become far more evident. Also, since the best sounding fuse is no fuse at all, the REX 300 follows its big brother with a protection circuit that eliminates internal fuses, permitting it to handle higher currents without impeding the circuit’s operation.

REX 300 stands at the zenith of simplicity for modern high-power amplifier design thanks to an amplifier circuit that consists of just two gain blocks. As well, the output stage is based entirely on “N channel” MOSFET devices to assure symmetry of the waveform and resulting signal.

Finally, there is the “Intelligent Power Upgrade” where a REX 300 can be ordered as either a stereo amplifier or as a monoblock.  BAT provides a transparent upgrade path that allows an owner of a stereo REX 300 to easily convert it to a monoblock configuration at any point. There’s no need to trade in the amplifier to obtain more power. All that’s needed is to convert a stereo REX 300 to a monoblock then add a second REX 300 monoblock to match. Technically, the stereo to monoblock conversion is accomplished by paralleling the inputs and outputs. What this means is that the sonic performance gets even better since the current delivery doubles, becoming more effortless, just like the sound of live music.

The VK-85 preamplifier is the result of a new design strategy that benefits from several improved in-house circuit technologies, including the “SuperPak Quattro” and the “Second Generation Transformer Coupled Outputs”, as well as proven BAT circuits such as Unistage Design, High-Current N-Channel MOSFET Circuit and Shunt Volume Control.

The new “SuperPak Quattro” dramatically lowers the VK-85 preamplifier’s overall noise floor while the new “Second Generation Transformer Coupled Outputs” results is a highly open and dynamic sound. While all BAT preamplifiers use transformer coupled outputs, what is used in the VK-85 is on a whole new level of premium output transformer design.

Unistage Design in a preamplifier serves the purpose of maintaining the integrity of the input signal. In the VK-85, this is achieved using only one gain stage. BAT’s trademarked Unistage circuit provides the ultimate simplicity of amplifying the incoming signal just once while using no global feedback to double-back on the integrity of that signal. This continues to be a hallmark of BAT’s purist approach to circuit topology.

The VK-85 circuit is based on High-Current N-Channel MOSFET devices where both sides of the waveform are handled by identical devices to assure symmetry of the resulting signal, just as described for the REX 300. The highly accurate volume control employs a proprietary electronic shunt volume attenuator with 140 steps of 0.5dB resolution. This is accomplished using a single Vishay bulk foil resistor – the most precise and thermally stable resistor available. This is all that’s in the signal path. The 140 steps give precise repeatable volume settings that sound continuous to the human ear. 

Lastly, but of paramount importance for the VK-85 and REX 300 – and all prior BAT models over the past 30 years – is the reasoning behind using fully balanced circuits. BAT firmly believes that balanced is better because it simply provides a complete signal representation. Something very magical occurs when the limitations of a single-ended circuit with its half-signal processing is lifted from an audio component and replaced by a balanced circuit topology. Aside from the well established benefits of signal integrity for long interconnect cable runs, there are other benefits to balanced circuitry: As a circuit becomes more symmetrical, the demand on a power supply becomes less taxing. For added convenience and compatibility with source components, the VK-85 incorporates a mix of balanced and single-ended inputs and outputs.

To summarize, the result of all of this aforementioned engineering excellence in the VK-85 preamplifier and REX-300 power amplifier is the sort of pure musicality, midrange clarity, perfect linearity, and power and dynamics that have made Balanced Audio Technology one of the most respected brands in high-performance audio.

The BAT VK-85 preamplifier will be available in Q2, 2024 with an MSRP of CA$ 16,995 / US$ 12,500

The BAT REX-300 power amplifier will be available in Q2, 2024 with an MSRP of CA$ 19,995 / US$ 15,000

Both new models will be on display at AXPONA 2024 – Suite 348, April 12 – 14.

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