The re­turn of Dan

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIFESTYLE -

A YEAR af­ter his con­tro­ver­sial part­ing with the com­pany he founded, for­mer Krell supremo Dan D’Agostino is back in busi­ness with a new out­fit. Ev­ery­thing’s in a name, and what bet­ter way to say it than Dan D’Agostino Inc.

The com­pany’s very first prod­uct is the 300-watt Mo­men­tum monoblok am­pli­fier, priced at a whop­ping US$42,000 (RM130,000 be­fore ship­ping and du­ties) and sport­ing a “green” ap­proach – at the other end of the early Krell spec­trum!

The amp is built and hand-tested in the United States, and de­signed for very low standby power con­sump­tion. A preamp is ex­pected soon which will take into ac­count the cur­rent move­ment to­wards mu­sic stored on com­put­ers and hard drives.

“With Dan D’Agostino Inc, I want to fo­cus on mak­ing high-end au­dio prod­ucts more user-friendly in ev­ery way,” D’Agostino said in a press re­lease on the com­pany’s web­site.

“These com­po­nents are much more com­pact than the ones I’ve de­vel­oped in the past, thanks in part to some in­no­va­tive cool­ing technology. They in­ter­op­er­ate flaw­lessly, so they’re much eas­ier to use than typ­i­cal high­end au­dio elec­tron­ics.

“Dan D’Agostino prod­ucts are also en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and con­sume far less power at idle than most high-qual­ity au­dio prod­ucts do. For ex­am­ple, the standby power con­sump­tion of the new Mo­men­tum am­pli­fier is less than one watt.”

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Keep on rolling: Dan D’Agostino’s new amp, the Mo­men­tum.

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