BALANCED AUDIO REX 3 Power Amp
The all-triode REX 3 represents a technological tour de force of modern engineering applied to traditional vacuum-tube power-amplifier design. From the plug-and-play simplicity provided by its auto-biasing and electronic protection circuits, to the palpable illusion of recreating the original musical event in your home, REX 3 combines high-power output, beautiful midrange texture, and superb extension at the frequency extremes.
BAT REX 3
The culmination of two-plus decades of research
The REX 3 all-triode power amplifier is the culmination of Balanced Audio Technology engineer Victor Khomenko’s two-plus decades of research into creating the ultimate vacuum-tube power amp. A symmetrical single-ended bridge design featuring four of BAT’s signature triode 6C33C tubes with zero global feedback and an extremely short signal path that maintains a linear response in both frequency and phase domains, REX 3 delivers 80 watts per channel in stereo mode or 160 watts in full triode mode when configured as a monoblock pair. Its custom-made output transformers are made to BAT’s exact specification and have a wide-bandwidth frequency response from 5Hz up to 300kHz.
A truly different approach
Think of REX 3 as two single-ended amplifiers per channel, with their waveforms summed at the output transformer. No direct current flows through the latter, allowing the output transformer to be a truly wide-bandwidth design all the while reducing low-frequency distortion.
REX 3 extends the benefits of vacuum-tube current sources to include both the first and second gain stages of the circuit design.
Hence, the linearity of the gain stage improves, the adjustments for the first and second gain stages become independent, and the tube current source components operate at a lower stress level.
Circuit improvements yield the greatest transparency ever heard in a BAT power amp
Just as BAT worked closely with Cardas Audio to improve its second-generation preamplifier and DAC output transformers, the company also selected an entirely new internal interconnect—constructed of the finest Cardas Audio Litz wiring— for the REX 3 power amplifier. Put simply, it is by far is the most expensive wire BAT has used in any component. Nothing was spared in the development of the REX 3 system. To complement Cardas Audio’s wiring, BAT chose the finest copper-foil oil capacitors to replace its long-term oil caps. Sonically, the result combines BAT’s hallmark naturalism with inimitable insight into musical textures, details, and expression.
New industrial design and logo
All REX 3 models replace the previous generation’s steel fabricated
parts with a new all-aluminum chassis and improved venting patterns to maximize ventilation and thermal dissipation for long life and reliability of all tubes and critical components. REX 3 debuts as the manufacturer’s first tube amplifier available in an entirely silver-finished chassis. In addition, BAT’s logo has been refreshed to clearly communicate its engineering philosophy: The symmetry of the three letters (with the “A” serving as a fulcrum) represents the company’s famed balanced circuit design.
Output per channel @ 8 / 4 ohm
80 / 160 Watts - Stereo / Mono
THD (at full power)
7Hz to 200kHz
Input impedance (minimum)
215 Kohms Stereo / 108 Kohms Mono
500W idle, 1000W full power
6x6SN7, 4x6H30, 4x6C33C-B, 2x6V6
17" W x 9" H x 24" D
$20,000 Stereo / $30,000 Mono
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