Krell K-300i integrated amplifier unveiled
Hi-Fi NewsKrell has announced the new K-300i integrated amplifier which promises the latest in analogue and digital performance.The K-300i incorporates a newly developed amplifier circuit design with Krell iBias technology that delivers 150 Watts/Channel into 8Ω and 300 Watts/Channel into 4Ω. iBias provides the sonic benefits of Class A operation without the excessive heat and power consumption of traditional Class A designs, says Krell.
There’s a 770VA transformer with 80,000µF of capacitance as a power supply. Krell Current Mode topology is employed with fully differential circuitry that runs from the input stage through to the last output gain stage providing an extremely linear and extended frequency response curve
With the digital option installed the K-300i becomes a ‘world class’ DAC with the connectivity and features to support the latest digital music formats. An ESS Sabre Pro DAC configured for high current output performs the digital to analogue signal conversion. A network streaming audio renderer with dedicated mobile App plays AAC, ALAC, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, WMA, and DoP files up to 192kHz/24-bit from UPnP music servers or NAS devices. The digital option also provides Spotify, vTuner Internet radio, Tidal, Deezer, and QoBuz streaming services, is Roon Ready and decodes MQA.
HDMI 2.0 inputs and output supporting 4K UHD with HDR are available for TV viewing with audiophile grade sound quality. A single USB host port is available on the front panel to playing music from USB flash memory sticks and a USB device port is positioned on the rear panel for streaming music directly from a computer. User friendliness is enhanced through a convenient Bluetooth receiver with aptX technology.
The K-300i also has an internal web server that is optimised for tablets and provides a remote graphical user interface
The anticipated release date of the K-300i is July/August 2018. The ‘classic’ analogue-only version has an RRP of £4,698 inc. VAT. The ‘digital’ version with added digital inputs/streaming has an RRP of £5,698 in
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