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Searching for a reference tube preamp, I decided to crash CES to hear the REX which was paired with Magico Minis. It was my first "audition" of a BAT product (albeit under "show" conditions). I found the REX very resolving and really quite impressive under the circumstances (air around instruments, timbre, and spatial cues). However, upon multiple visits I always left with the overall impression of a slightly dark and matter of fact presentation--very un-tube like in the classic sense. As my reference for comparison, I owned the ARC Ref One and 2 for years.


Reviews often compare BAT tube preamps with SS, but I don't recall others finding the sound "dark." The REX really has some exciting features, both in its ultra-balanced design and tube flexibility. Anyone else have a different impression of the REX, perhaps with a bit more experience with BAT products? Thanks
 
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