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The Balanced Audio Technology VK-3i offers an unmatched combination of performance and value in a fully balanced line stage. This six-tube, zero-feedback design features vacuum-tube current regulation, continuously adjustable shunt volume control, custom encapsulated oil-filled signal capacitors, and the same Unistage® circuit topology used throughout the BAT series of line stage preamplifiers.
The VK-3i is a fully balanced design from input to output. Competing units often simply add XLR jacks to a single-ended internal circuit. The benefits of fully differential signal handling are lost in such designs. The VK-3i's purist approach to balanced signal transmission preserves the performance benefits of truly balanced source components and power amplifiers. At the same time, the VK-3i is completely compatible with single-ended systems via BAT's high-quality plug-in adapters.
The VK-3i's Unistage® design provides a single gain stage to amplify the signal. The stage-to-stage coupling distortions inherent in complex buffer or follower circuits are eliminated altogether. This single-stage design works together with the VK-3i's shunt volume control and custom encapsulated oil-filled signal capacitors to convey the pace, excitement, and nuance of a fine recording.
Excellence in engineering reflects the ability to attain ever-higher performance at a given price. In this regard, the Balanced Audio Technology VK-3i represents the highest standard of design achievement. The VK-3i's fully balanced design is a demanding union of purist circuit topology, vacuum tube current regulation, and premium parts selection that offers a sound previously unavailable at this price.
Whether used with solid-state or vacuum tube power amplifiers, balanced or single-ended sources, digital or analog recordings, the VK-3i imparts a special magic to the reproduction of music. It provides a direct emotional connection to the performance. Whatever your system, we encourage you to visit your BAT audio specialist and experience this magic for yourself.