Balanced Audio TechnologyVK-40usedBAT (Balanced Audio Technology) VK-40 Solid State Preamp with Optional Phono Card and Remote**Please click here to check out our newly launched SkyFi Audio website with additional items for sale** This VK-40 is equipped with the optional VK-P20 phono card ($500). The phono gain is factory...2999.00

BAT (Balanced Audio Technology) VK-40 Solid State Preamp with Optional Phono Card and Remote

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Ships fromGlen Rock, NJ, 07452
Ships toUnited States
Package dimensionsunspecified
Shipping carrierUPS
Shipping cost$59.00
Original accessoriesRemote Control, Manual
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**Please click here to check out our newly launched SkyFi Audio website with additional items for sale**

This VK-40 is equipped with the optional VK-P20 phono card ($500). The phono gain is factory-set at 58dB but can be changed to 44dB with a switch on the phono board (you just need to remove the top cover to make the switch). 

The included remote with your purchase is normally a separate $500 add-on option.

Note that you must have an amplifier with balanced XLR inputs in order to use this piece. Which most of you reading this right now will likely already have if you're shopping for a preamp in this price range and quality. It will accept two single ended RCA inputs (one utilized by the phono) so you don't have to worry about the source connections.

There are a few light scratches on the cover, but the faceplate is clean and the display is super legible and bright.  

Absolutely incredible build quality and performance for this price range.  Be sure to read the great Stereophile review online written by Robert Deutsch.

Click here for a PDF copy of the BAT VK-40 Owner's Manual

Description: Solid-state preamplifier with optional phono stage. Inputs: 3 balanced (XLR), 2 unbalanced (RCA). Main outputs: 2 XLR. Tape output: 1 RCA. Maximum voltage gain: 20dB. Frequency response: 2Hz-150kHz, -3dB. Crosstalk: -80dB at 10kHz. Input impedance: 100k ohms. Output impedance: 200 ohms. Minimum amplifier input impedance: 10k ohms, 3k ohms with optional Six-Pack. S/N Ratio: 96dB unweighted. Distortion at 2V RMS output: 0.01%. Maximum output: 20V RMS. Optional VK-P20 phono module: Voltage gain: 58dB or 44dB, selectable.
Dimensions: 19" W by 5.75" H by 15.5" D. Weight: 33 lbs.
Price: $4000; optional remote control, $500; optional Six-Pack capacitors, $500; VK-P20 phono module, $500. Approximate number of dealers: 55.
Manufacturer: Balanced Audio Technology, 800 First State Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19804.

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This item is available for pickup in Glen Rock with convenient parking near our building.

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