This is BAT's top-of-the-line solid-state preamp. In perfect working condition. Cosmetic condition is overall superb (basically like-new), except for two smudges visible as lighter discolorations on top plate barely visible in the photo and a very thin 2 cm. scratch on the top plate near left edge of top plate that would not photograph (remainder of preamp is perfect, including entire faceplate). The remote also contains smudges (see photo), but is in perfect working condition.
The preamp is fully differential balanced - it is very quiet and can drive long cable lengths. It has only one gain stage, making it highly transparent and resolving, but its most notable characteristic is sledgehammer dynamics (it has a huge transformer for each channel and tons of power supply capacitance, as well as BAT's famous "SUPER-PACK" of six huge output coupling capacitors visible in the photo of the preamp's interior - this preamp weighs 40 lbs.!). Other characteristics are its warm-ish midrange, which is not typical in solid-state preamps, and an excellent remote control and user interface. I'm selling to upgrade to a darTZeel preamp.
The ToneAudio review stated:
"This solid-state preamplifier was a 'real KAPOW experience' due to its stunning dynamics and powerful presentation. Bass control, texture and definition were sublime, causing us to place the BAT at the top of the $6000 to $7000 preamp heap. Even the $500 phono section option was well worth it - at least until you save enough money for one of BAT’s $10K models."
The asking price is near the bottom end of Bluebook and fair given how clean it is, so I am looking for something close to my asking price. Shipping to continental U.S. only, with heavy preference given to local metro-NYC pick-up (I drop off, buyer picks up, or meet half-way). Includes shipping box, remote and owner's manual. Thank you.