***Sale Pending - I will keep this ad until the preamp is sold***
For sale here is the Balanced Audio Technology VK-5i Line Preamplifier, in excellent working condition, and good cosmetic condition. This just recently came back from the BAT factory for maintenance and a thorough check-up.
The technicians at BAT recommended the replacement of the four oil-filled signal caps, but this was just “optional” and the new parts would cost an additional $300 to replace. However I have decided to take their advise, and opted to replace the signal capacitors. So, the four signal caps are all brand new, installed by the factory. The Invoice from Balanced Audio Technology (dated: 11/10/2016) will be included with the package.
This means that this unit will run well with all parameters as specified by BAT, and would be enjoyed for many years to come. I only played this for a few hours after it came back from BAT, then I packed it well, and ready for shipping.
This preamp is super quiet, very natural sound, very good frequency response from lows to highs, with a very nice and full midrange that ony the best tube gear can deliver. Wide open soundstage with pin point imaging. Check out the numerous reviews in the web.
Just to have a good cosmetic description, there is a very small blemish at the left of the top cover (hardly visible on the top photo, and there are no visible dents). This small dot blemish can be covered with a dab of a sharpie pen. I did not bother with the sharpie since this is hardly noticeable. The remote control unit is made of machined Aluminum, and shows signs of use, but functions very well.
Tube complements: 6H23P/6922 (8X), 6L6/5881 (2X)
I am selling because I needed to use a preamp with cinema bypass for HT applications. I also needed a headphone jack with the preamp, and this one does not have one. So sadly, I have to let this one go. The price is for $1495 with free shipping via Fedex Ground within the lower continental USA. Sorry, I will not ship international. Please add 3% for Paypal.