Krell K-300i Now avail­able

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Krell In­dus­tries has re­leased its new K-300i in­te­grated am­pli­fier (not to be con­fused with the sim­i­larly-named KAV-300i in­te­grated am­pli­fier!). It has a newly de­vel­oped am­pli­fier cir­cuit that uses Krell’s trade­marked ‘iBias’ tech­nol­ogy and an in­ter­nal web server that pro­vides a re­mote graph­i­cal user in­ter­face for con­ve­nient and in­tu­itive con­trol. ‘ Krell’s iBias cir­cuitry pro­vides the sonic ben­e­fits of Class-A op­er­a­tion with­out the ex­ces­sive heat and power con­sump­tion of tra­di­tional Class-A de­signs,’ says Tim Sleath, of Au­dio Mar­ket­ing, which dis­trib­utes Krell in Aus­tralia. ‘ Krell is us­ing its cur­rent mode topol­ogy in the K-300i in com­bi­na­tion with fully dif­fer­en­tial cir­cuitry from the in­put stage through to the last out­put gain stage to pro­vide an ex­tremely lin­ear and ex­tended fre­quency re­sponse that de­liv­ers smooth, ef­fort­less highs. A 770VA trans­former with 80,000μF of ca­pac­i­tance forms a po­tent power sup­ply for ex­tremely dy­namic bass en­ergy with ex­cel­lent sig­nal con­trol and dy­nam­ics.’

Krell rates the power out­put of the K-300i as 150-watts per chan­nel into 8Ω loads both chan­nels driven, and 300-watts per chan­nel into 4Ω loads (BCD). Although it’s avail­able as an ana­logue-only de­vice, the Krell K-300i can op­tion­ally be de­liv­ered with an in-built DAC that sup­ports all cur­rently avail­able dig­i­tal for­mats in­clud­ing MQA, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, WMA, and DoP files up to 192kHz/24bit from UPnP mu­sic servers or NAS de­vices and in­cludes a net­work stream­ing au­dio ren­derer with a ded­i­cated App so you can stream ser­vices such as Spo­tify, vTuner In­ter­net ra­dio, Tidal, Deezer, and QoBuz. There are even HDMI 2.0 in­puts and out­put sup­port­ing 4K UHD with HDR for TV view­ing with au­dio­phile grade sound qual­ity. A USB port on the front panel will play mu­sic stored on flash me­mory sticks and a USB de­vice port on the rear panel en­ables you to stream mu­sic di­rectly from a com­puter. If you’d rather work wire­lessly, the Krell K-300i is fit­ted with a Blue­tooth aptX re­ceiver.

‘ Krell has earned a dis­tin­guished rep­u­ta­tion over the past thirty-plus years for en­gi­neer­ing in­no­va­tion and prod­uct ex­cel­lence,’ said Len Wal­lis, of Len Wal­lis Au­dio, which re­tails Krell in Syd­ney. ‘ In 1999, the Krell en­gi­neer­ing team headed up by Dave Good­man re­leased the orig­i­nal KAV-300i in­te­grated am­pli­fier which stunned the world. At the time and con­cep­tu­ally, it was the world’s first high-end in­te­grated am­pli­fier that de­liv­ered au­dio per­for­mance sim­i­lar to that which was pre­vi­ously avail­able only from high-end sep­a­rates.’ Avail­able now, the Krell K-300i re­tails for $9,999 (ana­logue-only) or $11,999 (RRP) with the op­tional dig­i­tal sec­tion in­stalled. Avail­able fin­ishes are sil­ver and black.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Au­dio Mar­ket­ing on (02) 9882 3877or via its web­site at www.au­diomar­ket­ing.com.au

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