Krell Industries has earned a strong reputation over the past 30-plus years for engineering innovation and product excellence.
In 1999, the Krell team headed up by Dave Goodman released the original KAV-300i integrated amplifier which found many fans around the globe.
The maker says that at the time the original KAV-300i was the world’s first high-end integrated amplifier that delivered audio performance similar to high-end separates, but from a single compact chassis.
Fast forward to 2018 – Krell has announced what it is calling a radically advanced integrated product that offers the latest in analogue and digital performance – the K-300i.
The K-300i incorporates a newly developed amplifier circuit design with Krell iBias TM technology that delivers 150W/Channel into 8Ω and 300W/Channel into 4Ω.
Krell says iBias provides the sonic benefits of Class A operation without the excessive heat and power consumption of traditional Class A designs.
An 770VA transformer with 80,000pF of capacitance forms a potent power supply for strong signal control and dynamics. Krell Current Mode topology is also employed with fully differential circuitry that runs from the input stage through to the last output gain stage, designed to deliver a very linear and extended frequency response curve with smooth, effortless highs and extremely dynamic bass energy.
With the digital option installed, the K-300i becomes a high-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 and a network streaming audio renderer with dedicated mobile App plays AAC, ALAC, AIFF, FLAG, 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 and a USB device port is positioned on the rear panel for streaming music directly from a computer.
The K-300i has an internal web server that is optimised for tablets and provides a remote graphical user interface for convenient and intuitive control.
In the UK Krell is supplied by Absolute Sounds.