SoundMag - - News - by Steve May

Krell has an­nounced the K-300i, a nextgen­er­a­tion in­te­grated stereo am­pli­fier with a host of cut­ting edge func­tion­al­ity.

The orig­i­nal KAV-300i was launched in 1999. It was hailed by the brand as the world’s first high-end in­te­grated am­pli­fier to of­fer au­dio per­for­mance sim­i­lar to high-end sep­a­rates.

The in­com­ing K-300i is rated at 150 Watts per chan­nel into 8 Ohms, or 300W into 4 Ohms, and in­cor­po­rates a newly de­vel­oped am­pli­fier cir­cuit de­sign, with Krell iBias tech­nol­ogy. This is said to pro­vide the ben­e­fits of Class A op­er­a­tion with­out the high heat and power con­sump­tion as­so­ci­ated with tra­di­tional Class A de­signs. Char­ac­ter­is­tics in­clude an ex­tended fre­quency re­sponse curve with smooth highs and dy­namic bass de­liv­ery.

The am­pli­fier is avail­able in two con­fig­u­ra­tions, one ana­logue, the other ana­logue/dig­i­tal. With the dig­i­tal op­tion in­stalled, the K-300i func­tions a high-end DAC able to sup­port a range of dig­i­tal mu­sic for­mats up to 192kHz/24-bit. An ESS Sabre Pro DAC han­dles the dig­i­tal to ana­logue sig­nal con­ver­sion. There’s sup­port for UPnP mu­sic servers or NAS de­vices. The dig­i­tal op­tion also pro­vides Spo­tify, vTuner In­ter­net ra­dio, Tidal, Deezer, and QoBuz stream­ing ser­vices, and is Roon Ready and MQA com­pat­i­ble.

Con­nec­tiv­ity ap­pears ex­ten­sive. 4K ca­pa­ble HDMI 2.0 in­puts and out­put are avail­able for TV view­ing. A USB host port is avail­able on the front

panel to play mu­sic from USB flash mem­ory sticks and a USB de­vice port is po­si­tioned on the rear panel for stream­ing mu­sic di­rectly from a com­puter. Blue­tooth sup­port in­cludes aptX.

Con­trol op­tions in­clude 12V Trig­ger In­put/ 12V Trig­ger Out­put, RC5, RS-232 and Eth­er­net. The K-300i also has an in­ter­nal web server, op­ti­mised for tablets, for more in­tu­itive con­trol.

Aus­tralian and pric­ing avail­abil­ity to come.

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