Balanced Audio Technology VK-P12SE Phonostage
BAT VK-P12SE Phonostage Exudes Musical Realism: Special Edition of BAT VK-P12 Adds New Transformer-Coupled Output Stage and C45 Gain Stage
Savor the Best Transparency, Imaging, Texture, and Bass That Vinyl Offers: VK-P12SE Phonostage Works Magic in Vinyl LP Grooves
The Balanced Audio Technology VK-P12SE phonostage defines what reference-caliber high-end audio is about. Incorporating the latest advancements from BAT's flagship REX II amplification line by way of custom-designed output transformers, VK-P12SE also adds a 6C45 gain stage to maximize the fidelity of the reproduced signal. You'll hear analog sound far more open and revealing of the subtle nuances embedded in your favorite recordings. Backgrounds turn coal-black. Music playback becomes palpably real in a way that defies common description. This is a high-end component you need to hear for yourself.
New Engineering Enhancements Increase Sonic Pedigree
A Special Edition version of BAT's VK-P12 phonostage, VK-P12SE includes numerous engineering improvements to offer greater information retrieval and supreme musical presentation. The first gain stage is completely revised to provide a substantially lower noise floor. In addition to the transformer-coupled output transformers, a reconfigured output stage incorporates four high-gain 6C45 tubes. They provide high-current and low-output impedance, establishing superb drive and crystalline transparency. These enhancements result in a phonostage with improved silence in the quietest musical passages, unfettered dynamic ease, and a grand sense of scale.
A "Transformational" Transformer-Coupled Output Stage
Like the elite VK-33SE, VK-53SE, and REX II preamplifiers, VK-P12SE features a transformer-coupled output stage. This new design replaces BAT's venerable Six-Pak of output capacitors with custom-designed output transformers. In order to achieve this "transformational" goal, years were spent prototyping and testing various alternative output transformer designs. All the work paid off: BAT's new transformer-coupled output stage proves substantially superior to any capacitor in maintaining a purity of signal transmission. Electrically, these output transformers significantly improve the performance in every measured respect. Sonically, they offer improvements in every area of musical reproduction.
Clearer Transparency, Visceral Bass, Three-Dimensional Texture
With VK-P12SE, you get an all-tube zero-feedback design that combines the benefits of balanced operation with complementary vacuum-tube current sources. Dual-mono construction and enormous energy reserves are matched by extensive flexibility in cartridge loading. The first gain stage achieves a very low noise floor via premium Vishay Bulk Foil resistors that replace metal film resistors in critical areas. An upgraded power supply joins the new transformer-coupled output stage in contributing to greater transparency and a more responsive, visceral bass. Vacuum-tube current sources further improve the linearity and yield a more open, textured sound. For listeners that may want even more performance, VK-P12SE is fully upgradeable to the VK-P12SE SuperPak.
No Signal Is Too Small: BAT Does It All
VK-P12SE employs a differential RIAA network, permitting ease of adjustment and improved common mode noise rejection. Completely passive, this circuit has fewer components than a more traditional implementation. Such advantages translate into improved matching of the RIAA curve to specification. With the Flying RIAA network, you can be assured that all of your records sound the way that the recording engineer intended. Plus, VK-P12SE's second-generation step-up transformers provide as much as a 20db improvement in signal-to-noise ratio in comparison to direct mode operation. With up to 80dB of gain available, no signal is too small. Analog bliss awaits.