On the surface, VK-23SE is Balanced Audio Technology entry-level solid-state preamplifier. Yet it’s packed with much of the same technology found in the company’s flagship solid-state and vacuum-tube preamplifiers. VK-23SE combines BAT’s trademark high-current Unistage topology with the transformer-coupled outputs that anchor every BAT Special Edition preamplifier. They work in conjunction with a symmetrical N-channel UnistageTM gain block to provide BAT’s hallmark performance. An easy-to-use programmable user interface and discrete 140-step shunt volume control are the same as those found on BAT’s top-of-the-line REX II preamplifier—right down to the Vishay bulk foil resistors used in the volume-control circuit.