BAT VK31SE and the VK55


Can anyone tell me if the 31SE preampm will marry up with the 55 amp. Is this apples to apples?
bgmyers
or even the BAT VK-5 preamp?
Yes it mates well with the VK5i. The 55 is a wonderful amp.
I think any preamp above the 5i will mate up well. I wouldn't bother with the VK5 because the 5i was an upgrade. I had the 5i at two different times and really liked it. I borrowed a buddies VK-55 for about 3 months and absolutely loved it. Stereophile did a review on the 55 and VK3ix and gave it a very good review. I haven't heard the 3ix but I am sure its a good one.
I had a VK30 preamp hooked up to a VK500 amp and it was absolutely fantastic. Due to lifestyle changes I switched over to a VK300xSE integrated, a fine preamp/amp but not as good as the BAT seperates.
I picked up a VK-60 amp and a VK-31SE preamp. I will using my EAR 88PB. Any thoughts? Now I need racks to accomodate two tt's. That could be an expensive proposition.
I don't think the 60 is as neutral as the 55 from what I hear but thats not necessarily a bad thing. I believe the 75 evolved from the 60. Goodluck with the rack and enjoy your new purchase :)
For what it's worth, Dgarretson and I have modified our VK amps (he has a VK-75SE and I have VK-120 monoblocks) extensively. The VK-120s are excellent stock, but a few modifications transform them into amps I'd put up against monos costing $25k a pair....no joke. If you wanna hear the details of the mods, let me know....
I have the VK-31SE & VK-55 combo and think it is outstanding.