BALANCED AUDIO TECHNOLOGY VK-P12SE PHONO STAGE
NEW ENGINEERING ENHANCEMENTS INCREASE SONIC PEDIGREE
A Special Edition version of BAT’s new 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. For listeners that may want even more performance, VK-P12SE is fully upgradeable to the VK-P12SE SuperPak.
A "TRANSFORMATIONAL" TRANSFORMER-COUPLED OUTPUT STAGE
Like the elite VK-33SE, VK-53SE, and REX II preamplifiers, the VK-P12SE SuperPak 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 the 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. A differential RIAA network ensures all your records will sound the way the recording engineer intended, permitting ease of adjustment and improved common mode noise rejection. Plus, the 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.
|Inputs:||1x RCA + 1x XLR||Weight:||40 lb. (19kg)|
|Gain at 1kHz:||Signal to noise ratio:|
|Direct - Low||45dB||Direct - low||73dB|
|Direct - High||60dB||Direct - high||76dB|
|Step-up low||65dB||Step-up low||86dB|
|Step-up high||80dB||Step-up high||93dB|
|Cartridge loading:||Absolute Polarity:||Switchable|
|Resistance(ohms)||Selectable from 100 to 47k||Tube Compliment:||4x 6922
|Capacitance (pf)||Selectable from 0 to 1000||Power supply energy storage:||200 joules|
|Power consumption:||150 VA||Dimensions:||19"x5.75"x15.5"
(48 cm x 15 cm x 40 cm)