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Ayre K-5xe MP Preamplifier

The Ayre K-5xe MP line level preamplifier has been in production for about five years and is mostly unchanged since its introduction. These long production lifetimes are standard for Ayre Acoustics which is located in Boulder, Colorado, literally at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Ayre has consistently produced fine sounding audio components which appear regularly on recommended lists.

B&W Nautilus 804 Loudspeaker

Craftsman. Snap-on. Stanley. Fluke. These are some of the best tools made. You have heard of them. You might even own a few. Why would you buy a Craftsman hand tool? Because you know it will do the job, it will be well made, and you know that if you need a hand tool, Craftsman most likely makes it.

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B.M.C. MCCI Signature ULN Phono Preamplifier

The original B.M.C. Audio MCCI phono preamplifier earned very positive reviews when it was introduced in 2013. Carlos Candeias used his designs for the $1400 Aqvox Phono 2Ci, reviewed here on 10 Audio, and introduced a much-upgraded model as the MCCI under his own brand, B.M.C. Audio. The MCCI ($3890) was replaced with the MCCI Signature ($4298) in 2016.

Balanced Audio Technology VK-220 & VK-250SE Power Amplifiers

These two amplifiers are children from the same BAT family and have similar BAT sound qualities. The 125W per channel VK-220 ($3000) and the 150W VK-250SE ($7000) employ mosfets in their output stages. Both amplifiers are fully balanced designs and have XLR input connections. Both amplifiers weigh 75 pounds and measure 19” wide x 6.5” high x 16” deep.

Balanced Audio Technology VK-31SE Preamplifier

There is no control design in the world of high-end audio that is better than the user interface of products by Balanced Audio Technology. The remote control of volume – even when the output is muted – is a great feature, especially for analog listeners. There is remote control of phase, too, which is very helpful in adjusting this often subtle parameter. Is the display too bright for your mood or room lighting?

Balanced Audio Technology VK-43SE Preamplifier

Balanced Audio Technology (BAT) is a decades old company specializing in, you guessed it, balanced audio components. They have produced a long line of vacuum tube and solid-state preamplifiers and amplifiers, phono preamplifiers and, more lately, digital converters.

BAT VK-P5 and VK-P20 Phono Preamplifiers

The Balanced Audio Technology VK-P5 phono preamplifier is a well built, reliable, and easy to use stand-alone phono stage. It was a sonic disappointment.

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