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    BAT VK-3500 Integrated Amplifier

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    Re: BAT VK-3500 Integrated Amplifier

    Another interesting product from BAT.

    I briefly owned an earlier generation integrated a VK-300X SE and reading the review this seems like a continuation of the "house sound". With the 300X the tubes were barely noticeable. A similar observation was made with a Musical Fidelity NuVista 800 that also passed through my system at one time.
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    Re: BAT VK-3500 Integrated Amplifier

    Iím still intrigued by BAT gear but Iím just so happy with my Luxman.
    Fleetwood Deville by Oswald Mills Audio, Vienna Acoustics Haydn Jubilee, Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Valvet E3, Job INTegrated. Luxman L-595a, Enleum AMP-23r (aka Bakoon)
    https://enleum.com/

    NAD C 658 streamer.

    First Watt SIT-3, Job 250 Monos, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    Topping D90, RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: BAT VK-3500 Integrated Amplifier

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Iím still intrigued by BAT gear but Iím just so happy with my Luxman.

    That's understandable Joe. BAT and Luxman, particularly your 595, have a very different DNA. I would probably take the musicality and hint of warmth of the 595 over the BAT too - assuming the speakers were easy to drive.
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    Re: BAT VK-3500 Integrated Amplifier

    I would like to hear BAT. Though I've been to AXPONA several times never managed to see a room if there was one.
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    Re: BAT VK-3500 Integrated Amplifier

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_1282001 View Post
    That's understandable Joe. BAT and Luxman, particularly your 595, have a very different DNA. I would probably take the musicality and hint of warmth of the 595 over the BAT too - assuming the speakers were easy to drive.
    Interesting comment on the Luxman, considering it is known that Luxman double down to 60+60 at 4 ohms at a very under valued rating with this amp & 80'000 pico farads none the less....

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    Re: BAT VK-3500 Integrated Amplifier

    Love my BAT REX 2 Preamp Ö Now I want to hear the REX 3! All I can say is that I was on the preamp merry go round until I got my hands on the REX 2. Had the Levinson No 523, Ref 52, ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref10 (if only for a long weekend) and while all were very good at what they did Ö in my system I preferred the sound of the BAT REX 2. The Ref 10 actually was very similar in many ways but the REX was slightly warmer which in my system was a better match. With a different setup I could easily have preferred the Ref 10. Both are awesome! BAT makes some great gear and iím surprised its not talked about more often. Many of my friends use their phone preamps which are awesome also!

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