Price reduced $300 from $2,950 to $2,650
Home renovation requires downsizing system.
I am the original owner and believe it is fair to say this preamp is in very good condition having seen light use during my ownership. At most, it has been played for 2-3 hours once a month. This has been used with a BAT VK-250 amplifier and BAT VK 5DSE CCD Player through Sound Lab M-1 electrosatic speakers. From my perspective, the sound reproduction is completely lifelike and, when listening to my classical and jazz music, I hear all the squeaks, breaths and music one could imagine.
The asking price is $2.650 plus shipping and 3.5% if you use PayPal. Will also accept personal check, cash or pickup in Vermont. I am happy to try to answer any questions and can take more pictures. The serial # 030800327 and my memory is that I put the unit in use in early 2005. The unit has original tubes.
Below are some related quotes from Balanced Audio Technology
“The primary goal for the VK-31SE is to bring its performance much closer to that of our groundbreaking VK-50SE preamplifier. While the gain block utilizing the superlative 6H30 SuperTube remains largely unchanged from the VK-30SE, substantial improvements have been made in the power supply of the VK-31SE. It now incorporates a SUPER-PAK that doubles the power supply energy storage from the already exemplary level of the VK-30SE. The VK-31SE power supply now provides over 260 joules of energy storage - a massive amount that would be worthy of many power amplifiers! The result is a noticeable improvement in bass performance for the VK-31SE, both in ultimate heft as well as taut response - bringing it much closer to the definitive performance of our reference class preamplification.
In addition, just as in the newly introduced VK-51SE, oil-capacitors are used for the first time as power supply bypass capacitors. Used in this application, they contribute to a smoother yet more extended high-frequency performance. The sum total of improved bass performance from the SUPER-PAK, combined with a richer portrayal of texture from the paper-in-oil power supply bypass capacitors, continues the BAT tradition of making the VK-31SE the standout preamplifier in its class.
Finally, the VK-31SE sports a fresh new look as first seen in Balanced Audio Technology's stellar VK-300x integrated amplifier. And yes, Balanced Audio Technology delivers an upgrade path for our customers that has earned BAT an enviable reputation in the industry.”