Balanced Audio Technology VK-42SE preamplifier

This solid-state preamplifier was a “real KAPOW experience” due to its stunning dynamics and powerful presentation. Bass control, texture and definition were sublime, causing us to place the BAT at the top of the $6000 to $7000 preamp heap. Even the $500 phono section option was well worth it-at least until you save enough money for one of BAT’s $10K models.