VK-P6 
Phonostage
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GREATLY EXTENDED DYNAMIC RANGE, EXQUISITE HARMONIC DETAIL

Available for a lower price than the model it replaces, Balanced Audio Technology's VK-P6 phonostage delivers an astonishing combination of performance and value. Incorporating many of the exact engineering elements found in BAT's reference VK-P12 Series, VK-P6 employs ten tubes in a dual-mono, zero-feedback topology.  Impregnable construction and enormous energy reserves are matched by extensive flexibility in cartridge loading. This spectacular audiophile component touts greatly extended dynamic range and the ability to resolve harmonic and reverberant detail in the quietest passages.

Available for a lower price than the model it replaces, Balanced Audio Technology's VK-P6 phonostage delivers an astonishing combination of performance and value. And its sharp new cosmetics blend in with any aesthetic.

Ten Tube, Zero-Feedback Design

Incorporating many of the exact engineering elements found in BAT's reference VK-P12 Series, VK-P6 employs ten tubes in a dual-mono, zero-feedback topology.  Impregnable construction and enormous energy reserves are matched by extensive flexibility in cartridge loading. The result is a phonostage with greatly extended dynamic range, along with enhanced ability to resolve harmonic and reverberant detail in the quietest passages.

Superb Construction

VK-P6 is built to the rigorous requirements that have won Balanced Audio Technology worldwide respect and recognition.  The fact that VK-P6 is the lower-cost member of the BAT family does not mean that corners have been cut. It uses the same heavy-duty chassis found in our top of the line products. Its dual-mono topology starts with two massive toroidal power transformers, the very same used in our REX II preamplifier. From there, the power goes to massive energy storage reserves that would be worthy of some power amplifiers. The large circuit board is meticulously laid-out for the shortest-possible signal path. And the ten-tube topology is the same as that found in the VK-P12 Series.

Flying RIAA Network

Among the benefits of the VK-P6’s differential RIAA network are ease of adjustment and improved common mode noise rejection.  This circuit is also completely passive and has fewer components than a more traditional implementation. The ease of factory adjustment translates into improved matching of the RIAA curve to specification, with an RIAA error typically not exceeding 0.1dB!  With the BAT Flying RIAA network, you can be assured that all of your records sound the way that the recording engineer intended.

Vacuum-Tube Current Sources

Vacuum-tube current sources further improve the linearity of any gain stage to yield a more open and textured sound than a simple resistor-based solution. In the VK-P6, dual 6SN7 vacuum tubes act as current sources for the second gain stage. They complement the inherent strength of vinyl playback in that the finest texture and harmonic structure of musical instruments are portrayed with greater delicacy.

Summary

All the effort spent on the VK-P6’s design and construction would be for naught if it yielded anything less than a breathtaking transcription of the music on your vinyl treasures. It’s there, in the grooves, where VK-P6 establishes its true pedigree. We invite you to listen and hear it unlock the full glory of vinyl reproduction. Of course, all VK-P6 phonostages can be further upgraded to VK-P6SE, maintaining the commitment to a rational upgrade path that has earned BAT tremendous customer loyalty.

TWO MASSIVE TOROIDAL POWER TRANSFORMERS-SAME AS THOSE IN FLAGSHIP REX II

Built for decades of enjoyment, the VK-P6 uses the same heavy-duty chassis as BAT’s top-of-the-line products. Its dual-mono topology starts with two massive toroidal power transformers—the same parts used in BAT's flagship REX II preamplifier. From there, the power goes to massive energy storage reserves worthy of many power amplifiers. The meticulous layout of the large circuit board provides the shortest-possible signal path. And the ten-tube topology is derived from that found in the VK-P12 phonostage.  Upgraded signal capacitors are used throughout. Aesthetically, the industrial design seamlessly blends with all components—particularly those of the BAT family. And, true to BAT tradition, VK-P6 is fully upgradeable to the VK-P6SE.

YOUR LPs WILL FINALLY SOUND THE WAY THE ENGINEER INTENDED

The VK-P6 employs a differential RIAA network, permitting ease of adjustment and improved common mode noise rejection. Completely passive, this circuit has fewer components than a more traditional implementation. The benefits translate into improved matching of the RIAA curve to specification. With the BAT Flying RIAA network, you can be assured that all of your records sound the way that the recording engineer intended. Vacuum-tube current sources further improve the linearity and yield a more open, textured sound. Dual 6SN7 vacuum tubes act as current sources for the second gain stage. Yes, BAT thought of everything. All you need to do is listen.

VK-P6
Phonostage
Inputs 1x RCA Weight-unpackaged 36 lb(16kg)
Outputs 1x XLR    
Gain   Signal To Noise  
Low Gain 50dB Low Gain 71dB
High Gain 55dB High Gain 73dB
    Tube Complement 8x 6922, 2x 6SN7
Cartridge Loading:   Polarity Switch:  
Resistance Selectable 100Ohm to 47kOhm Selectable - 0 to 180 NA
Capacitance Selectable 100pF to 1000pF Power Supply Energy Storage 140 joules
       
Power Consumption 150VA Dimensions: 19"Wx5.75"Hx15.5"D
(48cm W x 15cm H x 40cm D)