BAT VK-80i Stereo Tube Integrated Amplifier

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Clipdat
Clipdat Posts: 12,773
Looks so good in black!
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https://tmraudio.com/components/integrated-amplifiers/bat-vk-80i-stereo-tube-integrated-amplifier-vk80i-remote/

Looks like the price for a used one is significantly less than new! $6,635 shipped vs the $9,995 msrp!

https://www.balanced.com/vk80i-integrated-amplifier

https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/balanced-audio-technology-vk80i-integrated-amplifier/

Still would like to get ears on this bad boy at some point, but can't afford it even at the used price!

Anyone here have fond experiences with BAT gear?

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  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
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    CD Players: Sony CDP-211; Sony DVP-S9000ES; Sony UDP-X800M2 (x2); Cambridge Audio CXC

    DACs: Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC III (x2); Denafrips Ares II (x2)

    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

    Preamps: B&K Ref 50; B&K Ref 5 S2; Classe CP-800 MkII; Audio Research SP16L (soon)

    Amps: Niles SI-275; B&K ST125.7; B&K ST125.2; Classe CA-2300; Butler Audio TDB-5150

    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR55; Focal Chorus 705v; Wharfedale Diamond 10.2; Monitor Audio Silver-1; Def Tech Mythos One (x4)/Mythos Three Center (x2)/Mythos Two pr.; Martin Logan Electromotion ESL; Legacy Audio Victoria/Silverscreen Center; Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.1; SVS SB-1000 Pro; REL HT-1003; B&W ASW610; HifiMan HE400i

    Turntable: Dual 721 Direct-Drive w/Audio Technica AT-VM95e cart

    Cables: Tripp-lite 14ga. PCs, Blue Jeans Cable ICs, Philips PXT1000 ICs; Kimber Kable DV30 coaxial ICs; Canare L-4E6S XLR ICs; Kimber Kable 8PR & 8TC speaker cables.
  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
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    CD Players: Sony CDP-211; Sony DVP-S9000ES; Sony UDP-X800M2 (x2); Cambridge Audio CXC

    DACs: Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC III (x2); Denafrips Ares II (x2)

    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

    Preamps: B&K Ref 50; B&K Ref 5 S2; Classe CP-800 MkII; Audio Research SP16L (soon)

    Amps: Niles SI-275; B&K ST125.7; B&K ST125.2; Classe CA-2300; Butler Audio TDB-5150

    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR55; Focal Chorus 705v; Wharfedale Diamond 10.2; Monitor Audio Silver-1; Def Tech Mythos One (x4)/Mythos Three Center (x2)/Mythos Two pr.; Martin Logan Electromotion ESL; Legacy Audio Victoria/Silverscreen Center; Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.1; SVS SB-1000 Pro; REL HT-1003; B&W ASW610; HifiMan HE400i

    Turntable: Dual 721 Direct-Drive w/Audio Technica AT-VM95e cart

    Cables: Tripp-lite 14ga. PCs, Blue Jeans Cable ICs, Philips PXT1000 ICs; Kimber Kable DV30 coaxial ICs; Canare L-4E6S XLR ICs; Kimber Kable 8PR & 8TC speaker cables.
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 50,081
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    Victor K. says to RT1, send BAT to me I fix BAT. I miss Ted.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,344
    edited August 2022
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    Apropos of nothing and FWIW, I like Victor Khomenko-- seems like a down-to-earth guy.
    He's been stirring things up at audioasylum lately, though, in the geopolitical sphere (so to speak).

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    Back to hifi: He's a reel to reel tape nut, too -- big points on the scoreboard of life in my book! ;)
    "Fox Bat" on YT B)

    https://youtu.be/yMrf58tCwY0

  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,919
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    I'd like to get ears on some BAT stuff. I wounder though how expensive is tube replacement and their availability. It also doesn't seem like they're candidates for much tube rolling either.
  • TroyD
    TroyD Posts: 13,077
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    F1nut wrote: »
    Victor K. says to RT1, send BAT to me I fix BAT. I miss Ted.


    Amen, brother!
    I plan for the future. - F1Nut
  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 8,401
    edited August 2022
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    ~ 2006 I had a BAT VK3i with internal phono board and remote options. Those two options bumped the price $1K retail. The phono card had switchable gain (44/58 dB) for MM or MC cartridges. It took four 6922 and two 6V6 tubes. I replaced the stock Sovteks with Siemens/Phillips ECG 7308's and a pair of Pope 6V6GT's from Upscale. Pre and phono board sounded good, I recall dynamic and warm.

    I could have went BAT pre amp with the 6H30 tube, but went with an ARC Ref 3 instead (6H30P) tubes. I think that's the tube pittdog alluded to. Not much choices for tube rolling with 6H30 like with a 6922.

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS * Roon * Gustard R26 DAC / Singxer SU-6 DDC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,773
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    Wow, someone bought it already. Hopefully it was somebody here!
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,773
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    @Tony M it was you wasn't it?
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,919
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    Bats don't stick around...
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,773
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    There's another one on USAM but it's silver:

    https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649890497-bat-balanced-audio-technology-vk80i-integrated-tube-amplifier/

    Yesterday it was $5,500 but he must've just seen this one sell so he raised the price to $6,500 lol.