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Old 04-18-2014, 12:51 AM
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I thought it was time for a little BAT love.

Every time I listen to this BAT/Wilson system I am blown away by how good it sounds. The gear disappears and it becomes all about the music. For me, the measure of the experience is my emotional connection to the music, not degrees of "realism." I think my system often sounds better than live (yeah, I said it ).

The system is neutral, quick, highly resolving, with tight bass and sparkling highs that sound completely proportionate to the music. In a word - sublime. If you are starting a system and looking for fantastic synergy, I suggest that you audition a BAT/Wilson pairing.
Chessman, must be an awesome system to listen to with the BAT/Wilson combination! I agree with your comments about the importance of a system establishing an emotional connection to the music. However, for me, systems that produce high degrees of "realism" to genuine timbres, dynamics, soundstage, etc. created in a "live" acoustic concert help me better to suspend belief that I am only listening to a electro-mechanical reproduction of the original performance.
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:42 AM
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Chessman, must be an awesome system to listen to with the BAT/Wilson combination! I agree with your comments about the importance of a system establishing an emotional connection to the music. However, for me, systems that produce high degrees of "realism" to genuine timbres, dynamics, soundstage, etc. created in a "live" acoustic concert help me better to suspend belief that I am only listening to a electro-mechanical reproduction of the original performance.
I don't necessarily disagree with you, but the more "live" music I hear the more I am struck by how artificial it sounds when there are mics and amps involved. Now acoustic music in a good room - sublime. What I like about the BAT gear is that I find myself listening to the music, not the sound.
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Did anyone compare the Vk-600SE versus the newer Vk-655SE? I'm seriously considering a Vk-600SE.
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:05 PM
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Did anyone compare the Vk-600SE versus the newer Vk-655SE? I'm seriously considering a Vk-600SE.
I have not, but I do have the VK-600 SE and think it is an awesome amp. It is fluid, effortless, and emotionally involving.

Also, you might want to check out this thread: http://www.audioaficionado.org/balan...vk-655-se.html

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Old 11-05-2014, 04:11 AM
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Thanks for answering, Randy. Yeah, the Vk-600SE seems like an amazing choice for my Raidho's and have a lot of reserve power. And I believe it to be one of the very few true dual mono designs on the market. I know only of Gryphon Mephisto to share this feature with the BAT.
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I have not, but I do have the VK-600 SE and think it is an awesome amp. It is fluid, effortless, and emotionally involving.

Also, you might want to check out this thread: http://www.audioaficionado.org/balan...vk-655-se.html
Randy, can you be more descriptive about your power amp? What other loudspeakers did you listen to on the VK-600SE? Thanks.
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Old 11-27-2014, 09:53 PM
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Randy, can you be more descriptive about your power amp? What other loudspeakers did you listen to on the VK-600SE? Thanks.
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Sorry for the slow response. I just spotted this. I bought my speakers first and then the amp, so I have not used this amp with any other speakers. With its design and power reserves, I think it could drive any speaker quite well.
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Old 11-28-2014, 05:35 PM
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Randy, can you be more descriptive about your power amp? What other loudspeakers did you listen to on the VK-600SE? Thanks.
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Here you go:

http://www.audioaficionado.org/gener...-vk-600se.html
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:42 AM
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Thanks, Randy! I'll be chewing it right now!
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Greetings and Happy New Years, fellow BAT aficionados.

I thought I'd type the first 2015 update to the BAT forum.

My last post was in 2012. I was looking to replace my aging Energy Veritas 2.8's at that time. I auditioned the Andra II/III, Vandersteen 5A, Sophia 2/3, Rockport Avior, Revel Salon2 and a few others. All the speakers sounded great but I narrowed it down to two exceptional sounding beasts – the Avior and the Salon2. Both were stunning but the speaker I purchased was slightly more transparent on the top and possessed a slightly tighter, deeper bass on the bottom – the Revel Salon2.

I also purchased a Marantz NA-11S1 music player. I preferred it to the Lumin A1 player but I hear the new S1 is a killer player so I will audition it soon.

After I burned in the equipment for a month, I sat down for some critical listening....

The sound from this combo was beautiful! Clean, solid, sweet transparent music was delivered with a dark background, thunderous deep bass and a completely flat frequency range. It was stunningly musical and the BAT equipment added a warmth I expected and foresaw when I first purchased the amp and preamp.

I mated the Salon2 to the 600SE with TOL Furutech speaker cables, switched out all interconnects and power cords with Furutech's TOL offerings and reached a plateau I never experienced with my equipment before. I was never that satisfied musically in my house (the word musically was tossed in at the recommendation of my wife).

You probably noticed the past-tense wording I used to describe my system's sound. We found a nice fixer-upper in March and we're currently remodeling it. The equipment is boxed up and awaiting it's new home: a 20 x 40 room that will also house a 4.5 x 9 foot pool table (hooked on 1-pocket).

I wanted a larger sound room but I expect acoustic problems due to the room's dimensions, cathedral ceiling and wood flooring over concrete. Perhaps Jeff Fritz can give me some tips. His room is similar in size and has what appears to be a cathedral ceiling. Speaking of Jeff's room (here: http://www.audioaficionado.org/membe...hs-system.html ), his Rockport Altair is stunning! I auditioned the Altair at Gary Hjerpe's shop in Arizona a few years ago and was floored. I also auditioned the Arrakis at Gary's shop: The Arrakis is too large for any house I can afford to place it in....

But the Altair?

It is on my short list of must purchase items! Once I get the acoustics straightened out in the new sound room and rebound financially from the house and remodel costs, I’ll begin my quest for a used pair of Altairs.

I heard the new BAT equipment sounds better than my current items, but sorry, Victor: I don't plan to upgrade. I'm totally satisfied with the 600SE and 52SE. As a matter of fact, I'll probably grab a 2nd 600SE used and feed each Salon2 its own amp. This will likely happen before another pair of Altairs show up on Audiogon.

So, what are your plans for 2015?
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