VK-53SE Preamplifier


VK-53SE Preamplifier


Transformer-coupled outputs for utmost musical purity, coherency

The VK-53SE is the finest single-chassis preamplifier ever offered by Balanced Audio Technology. It features transformer-coupled, high-current, single gain stage topology. The transformer-coupled outputs catapult the performance of this fully balanced, zero-feedback design to a higher level. These transformers replace BAT’s venerable Six-Pak of output capacitors with custom-designed amorphous core output transformers. Each is encapsulated within a mu-metal shield for the ultimate in signal purity and noise isolation. Electrically, the custom transformers significantly improve the VK-53SE’s ability to drive low-impedance loads. Sonically, they offer greater dynamics, transparency, top-to-bottom extension, and a more coherent, organic portrayal of music.

Available in silver or black


Share this product


User-friendly interface and custom-tailored options

Boasting one of the best and most flexible user interfaces in the high end, the VK-53SE features myriad customizable options ranging from dimming to fading and source-naming. The VK-53SE can also be fully upgraded to the Rex II preamplifier. And, you can always get the volume just right. It employs a proprietary electronic shunt volume attenuator that offers 140 steps of 0.5dB resolution. Discrete metal film resistors bleed the unused signal to ground. From the deepest bass, to extraordinary dynamics, as well as a greater sense of layered transparency, the VK-53SE is your new reference.

Fire it up: Eight 6H30 supertubes under the hood

More than a decade ago, BAT introduced the world to the 6H30 SuperTube. The VK-53SE continues to proudly use eight 6H30 SuperTubes to form an extraordinarily high-current, low-impedance drive capability. As BAT wrote upon introduction, “comparing the 6H30 tube to a standard 6922 is like comparing a Formula 1 race car to a family sedan.” In the VK-53SE, the signal is effectively transmitted through only one gain stage. The Unistage™ circuit provides the ultimate simplicity of amplifying the incoming signal only once, while using no global feedback to double back on the straight-through signal integrity.



Outputs – Main

Outputs – Tape

Maximum Gain

Global Feedback

Volume Control Resolution

Volume Control Number of Steps

Frequency Response
2Hz to 200kHz

Input Impedance (minimum)

Output Impedance

Noise (unweighted)

Distortion at 2V output

Maximum Output Signal

Absolute Polarity

Power Consumption

Tube Complement
8x 6H30

19″ x 5.75″ x 15.5″



This Privacy Statement describes how Sound Templecollects, uses, and discloses certain personal information obtained through our public web site at www.soundtemple.eu . This Privacy Statement does not address information collection through other sources such as in-person meetings and recommendations. Information Collection and Use In general, you can visit Sound Temple web site maintaining your anonymity. Occasionally, however, Sound Temple may need from you to provide personally identifiable information, such as your name, company, e-mail address, phone number, and address (“Personal Information”). The purpose for requesting the particular info may involve, corresponding with and/or contacting you, fulfilling your requests, or otherwise to provide you with a subscription to a newsletter or publication, or to notify you about events. Where applicable, we will differentiate between personal data fields that are optional and those that are mandatory in order for you to obtain the requested information. By consenting to supply Sound Temple personally identifiable data, such as your name, address, email address and telephone number, Sound Temple will not, in any way, directly or indirectly, sell or transfer any of this information to any third party. Any information supplied will be confidential and will be handled in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations. You will only be receiving marketing materials from Sound Temple only if you have provided your explicit consent. In the case you feel that you need to revoke this consent, you will be provided with an automated way to opt out (unsubscribe) from that particular communication or from all marketing e-mails sent by Sound Temple. Please follow the instructions on the e-mail you received to do so. In the unlikely case that you have received unwanted e-mail from our Firm, please forward a copy of that e-mail to info@soundtemple.eu

Data Sharing

We may share Personal Information among our holding companies for purposes of responding to your requests or otherwise as necessary for the purposes described above. We may also in limited circumstances share Personal Information with government authorities or others as required to protect the interests of the Firm or others, as necessary in connection with the sale or transfer of all or a portion of the business, or as required by the applicable law or court order. Your consent will be requested upon establishing the business relationship. International Data Transfers This Web Site is hosted on Sound Temple web servers in Cyprus. If you are located outside of Cyprus, your provision of Personal Information or other access to our Website constitutes your transfer of such data to Cyprus, a jurisdiction that may not provide a level of data protection equivalent to the laws in your home country. Sound Temple servers and I.T. infrastructures are compliant with the laws and regulations enforced within European Union. Access and Correction If you wish to access or update the Personal Information you submit through Sound Temple web site, or to make any inquiries about the processing of such information, please contact us as described below. We provide individuals with access to their Personal Information as required by applicable data protection and privacy laws.

Revisions to this Privacy Statement

Sound Temple reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. Please check the Privacy Statement frequently and particularly before you submit additional personal information via the Web Site. All revisions to this Privacy Statement will be posted on the web site via a link from the homepage. We also display the effective date of the Privacy Statement on the top of this page.