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 KBL + KPA?
- Solid-state, class-A, DC-coupled, line-level, stereo preamplifier.
- S/N ratio:
- 100dB (A-weighted).
- Input impedance:
- 10k ohms.
- Output impedance:
- 0.5 ohms.
- Frequency range:
- Voltage swing:
- 65V peak-peak (23V RMS).
- Voltage gain:
- 3x (approximately 9dB).
- 2.25" H by 19" W by 12" D (preamplifier); 2.5" H by 9" W by 12" D (power supply).
- 27 lbs.
What else to know about the Krell KBL + KPA?
"I feel the KBL belongs at the top of Stereophile's Class A. As did Krell's KSA-250 power amp, I feel the KBL to redefine the term "neutrality." Dynamic and transparent, this preamp is faithful to the musical material, revealing a recording's best and worst aspects. However, system matching with this preamp is very important, as it did not work well with all power amplifiers (notably the Mark Levinson Nos.23 and 23.5). For that reason, I suggest that you audition this preamp with equipment similar to your own, if possible, before taking the plunge. This is definitely not the preamp for the audiophile more interested in sonic spectacle than musical honesty. Such honesty comes at a price, however, which may be too much for some listeners. Even I, who place musical accuracy above all else, sometimes find such merciless transparency distracting. But if you consider live music your ultimate reference, and want to hear your recordings without any added colorations or editorialization, the Krell KBL is the best of the best." - Stereophile
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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