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Class A rating for Balanced Audio Technology VK-3iX or BAT VK-3iX SE

I am confused on the Class A rating for Balanced Audio Technology VK-3iX. I thought at least this time it will be cleared out in recommended component lists that whether this rating is for VK-3iX or VK-3iX SE.

In Vol.28 No.11 November, 2005, Robert Deutsch reviewed the Standard Version VK-3iX that uses four 6922 tubes but John Atkinson measured the Special Edition versions that uses two 6H30 Super Tubes.

Kindly clear which preamplifier is given this Class A rating, VK-3iX or VK-3iX SE and if the Class A rating is given to VK-3iX then is it solely based on Robert Deutsch

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Re: Class A rating for Balanced Audio Technology VK-3iX or BAT V

Three days have passed and still no response from anyone from Stereophile! If this question has already been answered, can anybody direct me to the answer?

Stephen Mejias, Robert Deutsch, John Atkinson, where are you?

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Re: Class A rating for Balanced Audio Technology VK-3iX or BAT V

Breath...

You probably will get an answer.

In the meantime, go to your happy place...

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Re: Class A rating for Balanced Audio Technology VK-3iX or BAT V

Don't have the answer you seek, haroon, but yor request made me reread the review, and this is my take on it: regardless of what its "Class rating" may be, in essence this is a pre/power combo that goes for almost 7000 dollars and was sent to a magazine for review with three defective tubes.

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Re: Class A rating for Balanced Audio Technology VK-3iX or BAT V

Thanks Elk, I am breathing and waiting!

ElGreco! Thank you too for your response. I am little confused on your comments. Kindly, correct me if I am wrong. First, you are suggesting that VK-3iX is recommended in a specific combo and alone it might not justify the rating. Second, you are suggesting that BAT is not the company to go with, as they were so careless in sending the review samples.

One thing must be noted is that VK-3iX cannot be converted into VK-3iX SE just by changing the tubes. They are two different preamplifiers. I was amazed when they auditioned one preamplifier and bench tested another! Not only the technical specifications are different but due to two different types of tubes used the voice signature is also different and Robert Deutsch wrote about that.

I am not objecting to any practice. I just want to know whether the recommendation is for VK-3iX or for VK-3iX SE. Additionally, when a component is recommended, does that recommendation comes from the listening audition or bench testing or both?

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