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There are two things that immediately strike you when you come in contact with the VK-500.
It's massive - and it's heavy!
With a 19″ width, 10″ height, and 23″ depth, this amplifier is no easy piece to move around. Add 105 lbs. to the equation and you'll need a partner to move this “thing” around, unless you want to send yourself to the hospital courtesy of a bad back. This is an amp that sits on the floor and not in a rack.
The VK-500 is a fully balanced design and a dual mono configured amp, which is why you'lll only find a pair of XLR inputs and two IEC connectors on the back. There are two huge transformers in the center that power each amp, where it delivers 250W in 8 ohms or 450W in 4 ohms.
Of course there are many more technical features that went into the design of the VK-500, which we'll leave to you to read up via the web. We'll just focus on our listening experience with this VK-500.
When paired with the VK-5i (for sale in a separate listing) and driving a pair of Focal Alto Utopias, the soundstage and imaging was nothing short of magnificent. The Alto’s bellowed out every song with gusto, warmth, and emotion.
When we switched the amp over to a “renowned” Class D brand that was capable of producing 500W, the difference could not have been more glaring. There was a big drop right in the middle of the soundstage.
The “renowned” amp was a matchup in terms of detail and definition, but it lacked a “soul” behind the presentation. And that's where the strength of the VK-500 lies.
It features the “colored richness” of tubes, but packed with the punch of solid state - even when we switched out the VK-5i and went with a solid state preamp.
If you can deal with the size and weight of this “monster”, the VK-500 should be on your short list.
Click here for a PDF copy of the BAT VK-500 Owner's Manual
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PURCHASING FROM SKYFI
This item will be professionally packaged and insured for safe transit to your home.
This item is also available for pickup in Glen Rock, NJ, with convenient parking near our building.
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If we don’t have the original manufacture’s packaging, we use heavy duty double-ply corrugated boxes with Instapak expanding foam custom inserts. In many cases this has proven to be better than the original packaging! We also use high quality fiber reinforced tape to seal our packages. Lightweight items will be bubble wrapped and shipped in a high-quality box.
NJ Residents or anyone picking up without a resale certificate will need to pay NJ Sales Tax.
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WHO WE ARE
SkyFi Audio is a small startup business specializing in the purchase, reconditioning, and reselling of select high-end audio equipment. We only buy equipment the we admire and are passionate about. No mid-fi, no gimmicks, no junk.
Each piece of equipment is cosmetically restored and fully tested in our well-equipped lab by an engineer with 30+ years of experience in the HiFi world. If it does not meet or exceed the original manufactures specifications, it will not be sold. We are very selective about the equipment we purchase, focusing on mostly analog, high-build quality, American, and European built units.
Through our sister company, which is an authorized dealer for McIntosh, Audio Research, Sonus Faber, ClearAudio, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, and Sony ES, we have access to OEM parts, service, and support. If you’re local and looking for new equipment from the above-mentioned manufacturers, please drop us a line as we can arrange both sales and professional installation in the tri-state area.
We do not accept or review any offers that do not go through the official Audiogon system. We have too many items for sale and it’s nearly impossible to keep track of offers outside of the official system. Please don’t message, email, or text any offers.
We prefer working through PayPal which allows you to use a credit card or bank transfer. We do not charge extra for any payment fees if you purchase the item at the asking price. You can also send us a personal check (which will need to clear before shipping), certified check, money order, or wire transfer. International clients without access to PayPal should use a bank wire transfer.
If you’re picking up an item we do not accept PayPal. You must pay in person with a certified or bank check, or wire transfer. If you make a PayPal payment and are picking up the item, your PayPal payment will be returned.
TRADE IN POLICY
We accept trade-ins of equal or lesser value under certain conditions. Simply click here to submit your gear for full consideration. We will only consider high-end equipment from mainstream manufacturers such as McIntosh, Mark Levinson, Audio Research, Krell, etc. and will typically pass on displays, projectors, receivers, dated surround processors, and mid-fi equipment of any type. We will offer a fair value for your equipment, but keep in mind we’re running a business and will need to be able to resell the equipment at a profit after investing a great deal of time and resources in testing, certifying, repairing, cleaning, and packaging the incoming equipment. If you’re looking for top dollar, we suggest selling it directly on your own.
SELL US YOUR GEAR (Working or Broken)
We’ll also purchase your used or broken gear and arrange pickup if you are in our local market. Simply click here to submit your gear for full consideration.
SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT
We are currently operating from our shop located inside our dedicated building in Glen Rock, NJ. You’re welcome to make an appointment if there’s a piece of equipment you’d like to see in operation before or after purchase. We have several well-equipped, dedicated listening areas plus a dedicated studio with tons of equipment of all makes and models. We’re not a store, so please don’t make an appointment if you’re just curious as to how a speaker or piece of equipment sounds. In essence - no tire kickers please.
You can call or text 201-879-0000 with any questions, or to schedule an appointment. We can also arrange to install, calibrate, and tune your newly purchased gear in your listening room if you’re local to our area. This is super useful when purchasing large speakers or heavy amplifiers. It’s also great for ensuring your new turntable is setup correctly in its final resting place.