McIntosh is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music. McIntosh is probably best known for its amplifiers and preamps, but the company produces many other components and parts for stereo and home theatre.
What are the specs for the Krell DT 10?
- CD transport with remote control.
- Digital outputs:
- coaxial on RCA jack, AES/EBU on XLR jack, TosLink optical, ST-type optical.
- Additional output:
- custom "Time Sync" output transmits clock to Krell transport separately from audio.
- Transport mechanism:
- modified Philips CDM-4 Pro controlled by Krell software.
- 19" W by 3.5" H by 14" D.
- 21 lbs net, 35 lbs shipping.
What else to know about the Krell DT 10?
"The Krell DT-10 transport is unquestionably a superb transport. I was, however, less enthusiastic about it than I was about Krell's Reference 64 processor (reviewed elsewhere in this issue). On the plus side, the DT-10 has a warm, rich tonal balance coupled with excellent resolution of low-frequency detail. Its pace, rhythm, and drive were superb by any measure. In addition, the DT-10 is beautiful to look at, and built to survive World War III.
On the minus side, the DT-10 sounded a little dry and forward—characteristics that may suit some systems better than others. The transport also tended to impart a trace of hardness to instrumental and vocal textures. I should add that my very revealing playback system is not very forgiving of these characteristics. Through another system, the DT-10's shortcomings may be less of a liability.
The inescapable point of comparison for the DT-10 is the $600-more-expensive Mark Levinson No.31, a product that established a new level of performance for CD transports. They're both superb products, but very different in character: the DT-10 was visceral and immediate, the No.31 more subtle and refined. In my system, I preferred the No.31's sense of ease, more liquid rendering of timbre, and greater sense of space. These qualities more than made up for the DT-10's more exciting, more rhythmically involving presentation. I also found the No.31 easier to operate, despite its additional disc damper and top-loading design.
Nevertheless the DT-10 is among the best transports I've heard. However, its distinct sonic signature requires careful matching to the playback system. A careful audition in one's system is, as always, mandatory.
If your system needs a little more life, drive, and immediacy, the Krell DT-10 CD transport will probably be just the ticket." - Stereophile, Harley
Brief History of McIntosh
Long mapped-to Binghamton New York – the current headquarters and manufacturing center for Krell Labs – not many people know the brand was originally launched outside of the Nation’s Capital in Silver Spring Maryland, in 1949. In 1956, the brand built their original facility in New York, according to the official brand website.
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