VK-P5 
Phono Stage
DUAL-MONO, BALANCED ZERO-FEEDBACK TOPOLOGY

Balanced Audio Technology's VK-P5 phonostage delivers an enviable combination of performance and value to discriminating analog lovers. Incorporating many of the same engineering elements found in BAT's flagship phonostages, the VK-P5 employs ten tubes in a dual-mono, balanced zero-feedback topology. Dual-mono construction and enormous energy reserves are matched by extensive flexibility in cartridge loading. The result is an audiophile component with greatly extended dynamic range and the ability to resolve harmonic and reverberant detail in the quietest passages. Your records, your system, and your emotional satisfaction will be better off with the VK-P5 in the chain.

Balanced Audio Technology is pleased to offer the VK-P5 phono stage as an unmatched combination of performance and value to the discriminating analog lover. The VK-P5 incorporates many of the same engineering elements incorporated in Balanced Audio Technology’s flagship phono stages.  Its architecture employs ten tubes in a dual-mono, balanced zero-feedback topology, and it is built to the same exacting standards that have won Balanced Audio Technology worldwide respect and recognition.

Ten tube, zero-feedback design

The VK-P5 features an all-tube zero-feedback design that combines the benefits of balanced operation with complementary vacuum-tube current sources.  Dual-mono construction and enormous energy reserves are matched by extensive flexibility in cartridge loading.  The result is a phono stage with greatly extended dynamic range, along with enhanced ability to resolve harmonic and reverberant detail in the quietest passages.

Superb Construction

The VK-P5 is built to the rigorous requirements that have won Balanced Audio Technology worldwide respect and recognition.  The fact that the VK-P5 is the lower cost member of the family does not mean that corners have been cut in its construction.  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 parts 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 circuit board is large and meticulously laid out, for the shortest possible signal path.  The VK-P5’s ten-tube topology is the same as that found in the VK-P10 series.  This is a phono stage built to yield decades of musical enjoyment!

Flying RIAA network

The VK-P5 employs a differential RIAA network.  Among the benefits of this novel configuration 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-P5 design, dual 6SN7 vacuum tubes act as current sources for the second gain stage of this fully balanced all-tube design.  These vacuum tube current sources complement the inherent strength of vinyl playback as the finest texture and harmonic structure of musical instruments are portrayed with greater delicacy.

Summary

All the effort spent on the VK-P5's design and construction would be for naught if it yielded anything less than a breathtaking transcription of the music on your vinyl treasures.  Here the VK-P5 establishes its true pedigree. We invite you to listen and hear it unlock the full glory of vinyl reproduction.

Of course, all VK-P5 phono stages can be further upgraded to VK-P5/Six-Pak+ status, maintaining the commitment to a rational upgrade path that has earned BAT unmatched customer loyalty.

SUPERB CONSTRUCTION AND TREMENDOUS ENERGY STORAGE RESERVES

The fact that the VK-P5 is a lower-cost member of the BAT family does not mean corners are cut in its construction. It uses the same heavy-duty chassis in 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 REX II preamplifier. From there, the power goes to massive energy storage reserves worthy of some power amplifiers. The large circuit board is meticulously laid-out for the shortest possible signal path. And the VK-P5’s ten-tube topology is the same as that found in the VK-P10 Series. This phonostage is built for decades of musical enjoyment!

FLYING RIAA NETWORK ENSURES YOUR LPs WILL SOUND WAY ENGINEER INTENDED

The VK-P5 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. Such 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. Here, dual 6SN7 vacuum tubes act as current sources for the second gain stage. BAT thought of everything. All you need to do is listen.

VK-P5
Phono Stage
Inputs 1x RCA Weight-unpackaged 36 lb(16kg)
Outputs 1x XLR    
Gain   Signal To Noise  
Direct - Low position 50dB Direct Low position 71dB
Direct - High position 55dB Direct High position 73dB
Step-up: 12dB tap NA Step-up: 12dB tap NA
Step-up: 18dB tap NA Step-up: 18dB tap NA
    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)

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