Both are very high quality SS amps. I believe that the Classe will sound a more of a tube-like sound than the BAT, but both amps have their +/-. I currently have a CA-301 posted for sale, yet I'm not sure that I really want to sell it. Unlike the CA-300, the CA-301 incorporated many of the circuitry of the Omega series. Having owned both the 300 & 301, I can say that there is a big difference between them (with the 301 providing huge improvements for Classe). I have heard a VK-500 in a friends system and really liked it. However to me, the VK-500 sounds very dark and more analytical compared to the CA-301. But the VK-500 I believe provided every bit on the bottom as the Classe. Nevertheless, both amps sound wonderful and you are choosing between 2 great amps. I would think your other components (matching) & cost would ultimately be your deciding factors. Good luck with your decision!
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