AudioAficionado.org  

Go Back   AudioAficionado.org > Manufacturers Forums > Balanced Audio Technology

Balanced Audio Technology Balanced Design, Balanced Sound

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-29-2021, 04:51 AM
Swelfelo Swelfelo is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Rockland, NY
Posts: 43
Default Bat vk-43se

Does anyone have any experience with the BAT VK-43SE?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-29-2021, 06:34 PM
Zelkop's Avatar
Zelkop Zelkop is online now
Upgrade?
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Abu Dhabi
Posts: 23
Default

i currently have one driving two Mc 601 amps, it worked for me somehow better than Mc 2600 preamp and few other options including BAT's own tube preamp vk32. But that's me, I simply like BAT's solid state sound and before this preamp I also owned vk40se and vk42se I found vk43se similar in sound to 42se but with slightly more solid and fuller presentation and a touch more clarity, otherwise similarly warm(ish). The older model vk40se was noticeably more blured and resulting sound was less dynamic but it was still listenable. In my system, balanced cables worked much better than single ended. if you are after very analytical and 'metalic' sound signature, this is not it. Hope this helps a little.
__________________
SOtM sNH-10G Switch -> Roon NUC -> Rockna DAC -> BAT VK-43SE -> 2xMC601 -> Sonus Faber Stradivari, Cardas cabling, PS Audio P10 power, Stillpoints
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-30-2021, 08:43 PM
Soundmig Soundmig is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Colorado - Western Slope
Posts: 246
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zelkop View Post
i currently have one driving two Mc 601 amps, it worked for me somehow better than Mc 2600 preamp and few other options including BAT's own tube preamp vk32. But that's me, I simply like BAT's solid state sound and before this preamp I also owned vk40se and vk42se I found vk43se similar in sound to 42se but with slightly more solid and fuller presentation and a touch more clarity, otherwise similarly warm(ish). The older model vk40se was noticeably more blured and resulting sound was less dynamic but it was still listenable. In my system, balanced cables worked much better than single ended. if you are after very analytical and 'metalic' sound signature, this is not it. Hope this helps a little.
BAT SS pre-amps are outstanding! 20 series is surprisingly good for the $$ and the 43SE is tough to beat. Victor does SS as well or better than he does tubes! IMHO
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-31-2021, 10:19 AM
Zelkop's Avatar
Zelkop Zelkop is online now
Upgrade?
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Abu Dhabi
Posts: 23
Default

Yes, after many changes I decided to keep vk43se in my system and would recommend it without hesitation. Ecellent solid state design and good ergonomics. But your other components are important as well and you didn't provide much detail.
__________________
SOtM sNH-10G Switch -> Roon NUC -> Rockna DAC -> BAT VK-43SE -> 2xMC601 -> Sonus Faber Stradivari, Cardas cabling, PS Audio P10 power, Stillpoints
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-01-2021, 12:43 AM
Soundmig Soundmig is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Colorado - Western Slope
Posts: 246
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zelkop View Post
Yes, after many changes I decided to keep vk43se in my system and would recommend it without hesitation. Ecellent solid state design and good ergonomics. But your other components are important as well and you didn't provide much detail.
Sorry, I guess I let my paid subscription laps, so my signature doesn't show anymore. I was at one time a BAT dealer and was pleasantly surprised by the sound of the SS pre's - given they seem to be "know for" their tube gear. My current system uses a WT Classic TT into a Parasound JC3+ phono pre, into a JC2 Pre-amp. Digital is via a Schiit Gungnir MB fed by Node 2i streaming from NAS - or internet via Qobuz. Amp is a Parasound A23+ and speakers are Revel F228Be's. I use RGPC power stabilization and analog cables are AQ, Cardas and Kimber. Digital Coax is by Twisted Pair Designs (Dfn series true 75 Ohm). My listening room is fairly small but well treated with absorption and diffusion.
BAT gear when I had it was generally used with BAT AMPS (SS and TUBE) and speakers were mostly Westlake Audio (various models). Sources were generally WT Reference table / Cardas Heart MC cartridge or BAT CD player or Marantz S series SACD player. (This was some 18 years ago or so). I've heard the updated BAT versions at shows, but haven't known the associated equipment very well. Some stellar reviews have confirmed for me that the 43SE carries on the traditional BAT sound which is rich, full and smooth yet still accurately detailed and dynamic :-)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-25-2021, 07:38 AM
Swelfelo Swelfelo is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Rockland, NY
Posts: 43
Default

Now the trick will be to find one. Thank you for the responses.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Audioaficionado.org tested by Norton Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:20 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
©Copyright 2009-2021 AudioAficionado.org.Privately owned, All Rights Reserved.
Audio Aficionado Sponsors
AudioAficionado Subscriber
AudioAficionado Subscriber
Inspire By Dennis Had
Inspire By Dennis Had
Harmonic Resolution Systems
Harmonic Resolution Systems
Wyred4Sound
Wyred4Sound
Dragonfire Acoustics
Dragonfire Acoustics
GIK Acoustics
GIK Acoustics
Esoteric
Esoteric
AC Infinity
AC Infinity
JL Audio
JL Audio
Add Powr
Add Powr
Legend Audio & Video
Legend Audio & Video
Audio by E
Audio by E
Canton
Canton
Bryston
Bryston
WireWorld Cables
WireWorld Cables
Stillpoints
Stillpoints
Bricasti Design
Bricasti Design
Furutech
Furutech
Shunyata Research
Shunyata Research
Accuphase
Accuphase