By Lisa Johnston
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Indianapolis – Krell brought a new stereo integrated amp, new surround processor, and its first on-wall speakers to the CEDIA Expo.
The $5,000 S-550i stereo integrated amp ships in October to join a $2,500 integrated stereo amp to fill the gap between the $2,500 model and stereo systems based on a separate Krell stereo preamp and stereo amp, said president Bill McKiegan.
The new surround processor, the $6,000 Foundation, will ship in December or January to join Krell’s $10,000 and $30,000 surround processors. And the Modulari Ion on-wall two-way speakers, priced at $2,500 each, ship in December. They are 3.5 inches deep to complement flat-panel TVs.
The S-550i integrated amp features 275-watt output into 8 ohms, 550 watts into 4 ohms, fully balanced preamp, and tethered iPod/iPhone dock that captures iPod/iPhone output in balanced analog form, said by McKiegan to deliver superior sound compared to capturing the mobile devices’ output in digital PCM form. McKiegan explained that an iPod’s PCM output contains a high degree of jitter that can’t be eliminated because the iPod’s digital clock can’t be re-clocked.
The $6,000 Foundation 7.1-channel surround processor features 10 HDMI 1.4a inputs, two HDMI 1.4a outputs with audio return channel, and balanced audio outputs.
The on-wall speakers use driver and crossover technology from the company’s $65,000/pair Modulari Reference freestanding speakers. The on-wall speakers can be mounted horizontally or vertically.
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