|Welcome to Balanced Audio Technology. Thanks for stopping by.
The people here share your passion for music. The company's founders, Steve Bednarski and Victor Khomenko, grew up half a world apart, but both were captivated early by the magic of recorded sound. They met as adults, having established successful careers at high-tech leader Hewlett-Packard. As experienced audio enthusiasts, they became increasingly convinced that they could produce components that sounded better than anything commercially available. Balanced Audio Technology was formed to make that conviction a reality.
BAT's first two products, the VK-5 line stage and the VK-60 power amplifier, were launched at the 1995 Winter Consumer Electronic Show. They generated tremendous excitement among the audiophiles, dealers, and journalists present. Since then we have been gratified by the continued support shown by customers and reviewers worldwide (See, for example, the review by Robert Deutsch in Stereophile, Vol. 18, no. 12, Dec. 1995).
The name Balanced Audio Technology refers to more than just our use of balanced circuits. It reflects our commitment to overall excellence. We bring the same uncompromising standards to every aspect of engineering--from circuit conception to vibration control and parts placement--as well as to visual design, customer service, and dealer support.
In our web site you'll find more details about our design philosophy. You'll also find guided tours of our products and white papers explaining how those products were conceived and constructed, along with many other features.
In the end, though it all comes back to music. We attend concerts whenever we can and wherever we travel. Music inspires us, keeps us striving to improve our products, and rewards us--as it rewards our customers. We have customers throughout the world who call us to share their excitement after listening to music on their new BAT systems. That's the best reward of all.
Enjoy the web site. We look forward to hearing from you.
Balanced Audio Technology is pleased to introduce our newest reference preamplifier in the VK-51SE, an evolutionary follow-up to the industry acclaimed VK-50SE. The VK-51SE makes substantial improvements to its power distribution system with a completely revised SUPER-PAK, that uses oil-capacitors for power supply bypass. These augment an extensive use of film capacitors employed in the same area. The result is a smoother response from top-to-bottom over the already stellar performance of the VK-50SE. Moreover, the power supply energy storage of the VK-51SE is now increased to over 325 joules. This is an almost insane level of energy storage for a preamplifier, but then you'd expect nothing less from BAT in their reference class preamplifier.
The result of these upgrades is that the VK-51SE offers a greater degree of dynamic performance then the standard-setting VK-50SE. Those who've listened to the VK-50SE in a well set-up system will appreciate that this is no small feat.
And yes, the VK-51SE also incorporates the same fresh look that was recently introduced in Balanced Audio Technology’s VK-300x integrated amplifier. Most importantly, all VK-50SE (as well as VK-50) preamplifiers can be fully upgraded to the VK-51SE. If you're a BAT aficionado, you'll want to have the VK-51SE in your system as soon as possible! If you're a skeptic, please compare the sound, industrial design, and user-interface of our special edition preamplifiers to any competitive offering. We're confident that you’ll find the VK-51SE a compelling statement of high-end performance and modern audio design!