The VK-55SE retains all of the strengths that have made the
such a stellar performer. These include the same world-class
automatic bias circuit found in our reference
tube power amplifiers, and the compact form factor that has made
this design such a powerhouse in the industry.
So how did Balanced Audio Technology improve upon an already
superlative, fully balanced, automatic biasing, all-triode
Here's how the VK-55SE is simply a better power amplifier in all respects:
New SuperTube gain block added
Balanced Audio Technology incorporates the
SuperTube into a
completely revised first gain stage for the VK-55SE power amplifier.
This is the same tube used in our reference VK-150SE
monoblock tube amplifiers and provides the VK-55SE with a more
transparent, extended, and involving reproduction of the musical
Vacuum tube current sources substituted
The resistive current sources in the VK-55 power amplifier are
replaced with vacuum tube based current sources in the VK-55SE.
You'll find this same technology employed in our flagship
preamplifier. These vacuum tube current sources provide a more
soulful portrayal of musical texture and instrumental timbre.
The musical performance sounds more alive while simultaneously
yielding more finesse, grace and inner detail.
Power supply energy storage multiplied
We've increased the power supply energy storage of the VK-55SE to
over five times that of the VK-55! Needless to say,
the dynamic performance of the VK-55SE
reaches a new level altogether – a dynamic performance
worthy of its Special Edition status.
Higher quality parts utilized
The VK-55SE also substitutes the paper-in-oil capacitors used in
our flagship products for the polypropylene capacitors employed in
the VK-55. The sound becomes more natural and coherent from the
substitution of these premium oil-filled capacitors.
Sensible upgrade path maintained
The VK-55SE is available as either a 55 watt per channel stereo
amplifier or a 110 watt monoblock amplifier. Best of all,
the VK-55 power amplifier can be fully upgraded to the VK-55SE.
Start with a single stereo VK-55, then upgrade later to a stereo
VK-55SE – and if you ever change speakers or simply want more power,
you can further upgrade to VK-55SE monoblocks.
The VK-55SE is a fitting addition to a Special Edition lineup that
has made BAT one of the most respected brands in high-end audio. The
VK-55SE offers more of the magic that already makes the VK-55 such
a special amplifier – digging still deeper into the raw emotional
power that bestows music with transcendent grace. Visit your BAT
audio specialist today.
All you need to do is listen!