For Sale: BAT VK-200 heavily modified by myself and checked by Victor Khomenko

I just purchased a BAT VK-255SE and will no longer need this amp, and the reason for selling this amp. This is my main amplifier and use it 2 to 3 times per week. It works absolutely perfectly and sounds absolutely phenomenal. The cosmetics are about 7/10 due to age, mostly. I have had this amp covered whenever it was not in use.

I purchased this amp in 2013 (if I remember correctly for the year) from @zingo, here on the forum. The first thing I did was replace the stock binding posts with some Cardas CCRR binding posts (purchased from Douglasconnection.com, Doug (@helipilotdoug), which can be found in this thread: http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/143057/so-i-couldnt-leave-well-enough-alone).

I used this amp for a little over a year at which point a bridge rectifier went out on the left channel (when I say went out, it actually fried the trace on the PCB). I then personally replaced all 4 of the bridge rectifiers on both channels, and ALL power and output capacitors with Nichicon/Panasonic/WIMA and Mundorf Silver/Gold/Oil caps (for output).

I also replaced the XLR jacks with Furutech FT-784F Rhodium purchased from VHAudio. I replaced the power inlet jack with the Oyiade Inlet R. Cardas Quadeutectic solder and the Weller WTCPT station was used for all solder joints. Finally, Dynamat Xtreme is place on the lid and interior of the amplifier for vibration abatement.

After turning on the amp, I found the left channel still did not work. I sent the amplifier to BAT and Victor checked it out finding that the bridge rectifier on the left PCB fried the trace leading up to the component when it went out. Victor personally did a jumper to complete the trace and get the left channel working again. Victor also did a test of the amplifier overall and found it to work perfectly.

I feel very confident in saying that this is one of the best, or possibly the best sounding VK-200's in existence. Plus, the buyer won't have to worry about replacing components (Bridge rectifiers, power caps and/or output caps) inside for many years as they were replaced 3 years ago (October 2014).

Sorry for the long-winded explanation, but I want the buyer to know what went into this amplifier and how nice it sounds. Arguably, only listening to it will give you the full idea.

(All) that said, I am asking $1,700.00 plus actual shipping charges and/or Paypal fees for this amplifier. I will accept a check or money order from people I know (i.e. have been here for years). I know that most VK-200's go for about $1,100 but that have not been heavily modified like this one is and do not sound as good as this one. I feel $1,700 plus shipping is a very good deal being as the Mundorf S/G/O caps along cost me about $450.00. Also, this amplifier will be much more reliable than other VK-200's since tha components have been replaced "recently", where most have not been.

Pictures will be posted when I replace this amplifier with the VK-255SE (probably this coming Wednesday) as I still use this amplifier and don't want to disconnect and reconnect it yet.
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Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

"I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

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  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
    Just realized that I didn't say what this includes. This includes the amp (of course), the original power cord, manual, and original box. It will be well packed, certainly.
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    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • One of my favorite amps. Good luck on the sale!
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  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
    Thanks Dennis.
    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
    Well, if people are waiting for pictures, it looks like it'll be Thursday (Nov. 16th) that I will receive the VK-255SE and I can take pictures of the VK-200. Sorry for the delay.
    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 39,300
    I remember when RT1 needed to get his BAT repaired. Victor, with his Russian accent said to Ted, "Send BAT to me, I fix BAT." :D
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  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,340
    F1nut wrote: »
    I remember when RT1 needed to get his BAT repaired. Victor, with his Russian accent said to Ted, "Send BAT to me, I fix BAT." :D

    Now if I could only get Anastasia to recite that in her Russian accent, that would be something. :D
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  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,340
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    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SDA 2B, SDA II, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11T X2 pairs, RTA 8T, LSI9, LSI7, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
    la2vegas wrote: »
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    It's not a picture of the VK-200, but it a good one. :)
    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,151
    headrott wrote: »
    la2vegas wrote: »
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    I guess EVERYONE has a pic of my wife???
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  • zingozingo Audiophile Posts: 11,567
    I did sell this to you and it was a great amp stock; I can’t imagine modded!
  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
    edited November 2017
    Ok, I need to start off by stating that I was incorrect in stating the cost of the Mundorf S/G/O caps. I was thinking of the ones I bought and used in my DAC (that are 2.2uF), and did cost me $450.00.

    The ones I used in the VK-200 are 0.22uF and cost me $165.00. As a result, I will lower the price of this amp by $300.00, making it now at $1,400.00 plus actual shipping and Paypal fee (if used). I am sorry for my mistake. I should not make a for sale listing when on pain medication, I guess.

    Ok, now that my mistake has been rectified, I will post some pictures below.
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    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
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    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
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    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,117
    That is a beautiful amp and probably destination piece for many folks.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 2,741
    Quite stunning.
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  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
    edited November 2017
    Thanks guys. After listening to the new VK-255SE, I will say that this modified VK-200 is about 80 to 85% as nice sounding as the VK-255SE and the VK-200 may have a little wider soundstage. That is saying something because I spent $4,000 on the VK-255SE (which retails at $8,995). While this VK-200 costs $1,400 and retailed at $3,995.

    As I stated, I don't think one will find a better sounding VK-200. In fact, I am going to switch out the VK-255SE's IEC with an Inlet R and the output caps with the Mundorf S/G/O caps eventually.
    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 4,369
    I heard that @lightman1 was looking for one of these. >:)
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,249
    edited November 2017
    Well it definitely looks in better shape than you .....sorry bad joke, couldn't resist

    Speaking of how you healing, dude
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,268
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    I heard that @lightman1 was looking for one of these. >:)

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  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    Well it definitely looks in better shape than you .....sorry bad joke, couldn't resist

    Speaking of how you healing, dude

    It is in better shape than me fore sure, man. BUT, I am in better shape than I was. My lower lip is still swollen, but not nearly as bad. I will actually be able eat turkey without a problem today! Thank you for asking. I will have some scars on my face and scalp, but so it goes.....
    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,325
    edited November 2017
    headrott wrote: »
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    Well it definitely looks in better shape than you .....sorry bad joke, couldn't resist

    Speaking of how you healing, dude

    It is in better shape than me fore sure, man. BUT, I am in better shape than I was. My lower lip is still swollen, but not nearly as bad. I will actually be able eat turkey without a problem today! Thank you for asking. I will have some scars on my face and scalp, but so it goes.....

    Glad to hear the healing is going well. Just promise us you won’t be trying to deep fry a frozen turkey.
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  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
    Well, damn. I thought that this was a pretty good deal. I will lower this amp by $200.00 to $1,200 (plus shipping and Paypal (if used)). I WILL NOT lower it more, period. IMO, $1,200 is an absolute steal for this amp. If there are still no takers, I am going to list this on Audiogon for $1,400 (which I believe it will sell at). I will give you all a week, and then it goes to Audiogon.
    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 39,300
    edited December 2017
    Damn fine amp, wish I had a use for it. It'll make those Emotiva and Carver amps quiver and shake at their inferiority.
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  • bikerboybikerboy Posts: 1,128
    Is this still available? What do you think of this vs a Parasound A-21? Id love to have a Bat VK-51SE and a Bat power amp.
    D:UltraRendu usb w/LPS-1->Amanero I2S converter ->I2S->TPA Buffalo 9028 w Mercury output dac w Salas ps->BAT VK-51SE w/BP Preamp via XLR to BAT VK-200-> SDA-2.3 w/ RDO, Soniccrafts caps, Larry's Rings;
    A:Dynavector DV-10x5-> Nothingham Spacedeck-> TPA Retro via XLR to Relaixed2;
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  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
    Yeah, it's still available as I decided to wait to list it on Audiogon until after tax season is over (and people have more money).

    I have not heard the Parasound A-21, actually. :o I know, blasphemy, right!? I have heard some other Parasound amps, and I would say the general sound of Parasound amps are less detailed than BAT amps and maybe slightly warmer sounding (although with the Mundorf S/G/O output caps I would say the warmth is pretty close to each other).

    Sorry, I cannot be of better help. Perhaps someone who has heard both the A-21 and the VK-200 can chime in? (Although the VK-200 probably did not have the Mundorf S/G/O output caps in it, but they would have a general comparison).

    @F1nut, have you heard both the A-21 and VK-200? Thanks Jesse.
    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • Gerres26Gerres26 Posts: 291
    That's a beautiful amp. I didn't realize BAT is based out of Wilmington,DE...thats about 25 minutes up the road from me
  • bikerboybikerboy Posts: 1,128
    I am downsizing and will sell the sda 2.3 speakers and use polk 703s and a sub. So I don't need the power of the parasound. But I don't know?
    D:UltraRendu usb w/LPS-1->Amanero I2S converter ->I2S->TPA Buffalo 9028 w Mercury output dac w Salas ps->BAT VK-51SE w/BP Preamp via XLR to BAT VK-200-> SDA-2.3 w/ RDO, Soniccrafts caps, Larry's Rings;
    A:Dynavector DV-10x5-> Nothingham Spacedeck-> TPA Retro via XLR to Relaixed2;
    :
    V:Vinyl rips-> ESI Juli@24/192
    SACD: Denon 3910 via I2S.
  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,240
    I drove some 2.3LT's with this amp and it worked extremely well. For some 703's it would work very well, IMO. The smoothness of the Mundorf S/G/O caps would "mesh" with the 703's nicely, and the VK-200 will easily drive the 703's.

    Maybe Jesse will chime in as I know he's heard the VK-200, but am not sure about the A-21. Or has anybody else heard both amps?
    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:

    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\

    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 39,300
    Da BAT makes beautiful music, no problem driving 703's.
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