The BAT VK-300x SE hybrid tube integrated amp is the best of both Worlds – tube input stage with solid state output. As a package, you will get to enjoy the silky smooth and warm sound of tubes but with the might of solid state amp (150W into 8 ohms). Side by side with the Audio Research VSi55 tube integrated amp, the Audio Research had more bloom in the mid-range but had less bass attack as compared to the BAT. Here, the BAT exhibited its full 150W power with tighter bass and a more enthralling overall presentation. With larger or more current hungry speakers, there is really only one choice – the BAT. The Audio Research was very good but when driven hard, it “struggled” a bit trying to keep pace.
Compromise usually has some shortfalls but in the case of the BAT VK-300x SE, it was a compromise that was well executed. It retained the familiar sound of a BAT tube amp but in this case, it was derived by a tube input stage with solid state amp technology. No surprise then, why reviewers had a lot of positive things to say about it.
Cosmetically, the integrated amp is in good shape. Minor scuff marks from use but nothing major. We have the original box and remote. Copy of manual will be included.