Balanced Audio Technology VK-60 Amplifiers

4.78/5 (23 Reviews) MSRP : $4950.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by snilsen13 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2015

Bottom Line:   

Overall, the smooth sound, the power and soundstage makes this an amazing amp. Read the other reviews. It is especially good with vocals, which is a pretty darn nice place to shine.

Another thing to like about this is the build quality, the auto-biasing and stability. I've never had to service it. It has 5 fuses protecting itself from damage and tube quality is hardly an issue. A whole new set of tubes can be had for under $200 via ebay! You're basically listening to some MASSIVE transformers here. Tube rolling really doesn't really matter, and if you are going to hear it, it would come down to just 2 small tubes. So its one less stupidity to deal with.

Why not 5 stars? It has two obvious caveats. One, this amp runs really hot and you'll be paying more electric keeping it on a lot. Two, they are too big for even the largest standard rack. Thirdly, it may be that a more detailed amp can be found.

Of course they need to be paired to right speakers to really shine. Speakers with a recessed sound stage (Monitor Audio), for instance, are not the right choice. Also, I've found this amp is not so fantastic a pairing with Klipsch Heritage speakers. The previous user found it too powerful for his Avant Garde Duos. So, for horns, get some 300B or 2A3 amplifier. However 2-way boxes have gotten really amazing. Pair such speaker, at any price tag, with this amp and you'll have amazing depth and width. I suppose the LS-50 would be the flavor of the day, but there are less expensive options.

Anyhow, I would call this a great buy at $2000 and less. Currently it is under-valued. You couldn't build it from parts for the used prices I see.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by wapao69 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Excellent mids, excellent highs, great bass, superb sound stage, he rock's, from Mozart to Snatana, to The Rippingtons to Chick Corea to AC DC to Toto to William Aura to Dave Matthews to Celia Cruz to Jarabe de Palo ..................he kick the ass of my Spendors. Great Amp.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1900.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fresco a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2007

Bottom Line:   
The moment I used BAT vk-60 on my snell type D, I knew that my 200 watts aragon 8008 will be in the store room for a long long time. BAT vk-60 is just awesome.

How come the 60 watts tube amp beat the 200 watts solid state amp in every way? till now I still scratching my head trying to figure it out.

My 200 watts is already crazy enough to produce a floor slamming bass. The 60 watts BAT slammed the floor even harder + it shook all windows in my room at the same volume level as the aragon.

What is even more amazing about this BAT is that after 2-3 hours of listening especially when the transformer is hot, the sound is becoming more fluid and more revealing. Both the low and high are sweeter and more extended.

I believe many BAT owners dont even know that the sound of this amp is even a lot better after 2-3 hours.

Definitely a 5 stars for this.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   from used audio brok



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ckoffend a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Having gone through too many amps in the past year (starting with Golden Tube Audio as my starting point, and a good starting point at that as the SE 40 amps are way under praised, over performing amps at any price). I have owned CJ, Mark Levinson, Channel Island, Pass Labs, Theta and a couple of others in the past year. I now have a pair of the VK 60s that I run in mono configuration. I bought a VK 5i preamp to go with them. My plan is to only run the VK 60s during the colder months and a Mark Levinson during the summer (Michigan).

Overall, I have been impressed with the BAT amps, especially on the weekends where they are left on from Friday evening through Sunday night and they settle in very nicely in this arrangement. Otherwise, I feel a good half hour is a good warm up time (15 minutes minimum). During this initial turn-on/warm-up time you can hear the tubes warming up and what I suspect is the biasing of the tubes automatically (of course this can only be heard if you are not listening to music). I find that every once in a while I will get a tube that does not appear to bias, typically touching the tube or slightly adjusting its position corrects this immediately. This seems to be more of an issue with the bottom shape of the tubes than the equipment. There are sources for the tubes at only $40 each vs. the $80 price from BAT (6C33 tubes were all manufactured at the same plant so there is no difference) which represents a pretty good savings.

The VK 60 has fairly good bass, especially for a tubed amp of this power (120 in mono). The midrange is nice and the transition up the scale is smooth with no real anomolies. I think the midrange is the strength of this amplifier, which if an amplifier has a strong point related to the audible range is where a strength should be. I find female voices in particular, but the human voice in general is protrayed very well with these amps. I find the highs quite good as well, in my set-up they are never etchy or bright, not over emphasized and certainly not disappointing in any way. Is this the best amp for reproducing the highest octaves? No, but overall the performance in this range is very solid and better than many, in fact most, amps I have reviewed/owned.

These amps deliver an airy, open sound stage with good separation of spaces, nice depth and very good width and height. The bass is pretty good (for tubes), not as tight, punchy and controlled as my ML. However, running the amps with subwoofers (I use Rel) I find really helps the musically presentation by reducing the absolutely bottom octaves being delivered by this amp to the speakers, this is what I recommend. This helps tighten up the bottom end with these amps. Don't get me wrong, they are fairly solid lower octave performers and many may/will find the sub is not necessary.

I can highly recommend this/these amps. While I have not listened via a single unit in stereo mode, I have heard that with moderately efficient speakers, they in this mode they are also very good amps.

They are very large amps and don't fit on my audio rack facing forward, so I have them installed sideways (no not on their side, with the side of the amp facing forward). I would prefer a power switch on the front vs. the back of the amps. They run very, very warm as do most amps with this number of tubes and those living in warm climates may want to take this into consideration if your air conditioning system is not strong. They definately suck a lot of power (especially two) so I recommend when running two, turn on one at a time (I have never blown any breakers, etc. . . ).

4.5 Stars!

Equipment I run with these amps:
BAT VK-51 Pre-amp
Audio Aero Capitole and Prima CD Players
Wilson Audio Duette Speakers
Thiele 2.X speakers
Various brands of good quality cabling (but not break the bank stuff)

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jagpot a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2004

Bottom Line:   
The VK P10 is in addition with the right new/old NOS tubes Telefunken E188cc and the Brimar CV1988 not to beat. The clarity in the mids and the strengthen of the bass with such an enormerous beat and a great and wide stage is the best i ever heard. For this price with a litte tune ups like the Combak Harmonics TU201 and the right interconnects like the Nordost Valhalla it presents the music quiet right. With the right turntabel like the Simon Yorke S8 you will find so much more music detail an rythm on these black dics never believed it before.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Dealer




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