Boulder versus BAT

To Randall Smith,

That was a really interesting review of the Boulder 865 integrated amp. I wonder if you've ever heard the Balanced Audio Technology integrated with the 6H30 tubes. It's better than the separates I used to own, but I don't know how it would stand up to more recent integrateds like Simaudio or Boulder. I would be interested in your comments, and I do recommend hearing the BAT if you haven't done so.

All the best,

I'm glad you enjoyed the Boulder 865 review. Unfortunately, I have not heard the BAT integrated. The 865 has a very precise and detailed sound that is neutral without being dry and analytical. It doesn't have the warmth of a tube amp, so it may not be your cup of tea. However, if you have the chance, please take the opportunity to listen to this special integrated. I loved having it in my system and hated to see it go. Let me know if you ever do hear it! . . . Randall Smith