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 KRC 3?
- Frequency response:
- 20Hz to 20kHz
- Total harmonic distortion:
- 6.5dB (line)
- Signal to noise ratio:
- 98dB (line)
- 9V (Pre out Max)
- 18.7 x 15.2 x 3.4 inches
- 19 lbs
What else to know about the Krell KRC 3?
"Instead of these studio ‘craftings’ sounding like disparate collections of multi-mono sounds, the KRC-3 blends them into a whole – without blurring anything. What’s new and what helps so much is how much bigger and wide open it all sounds, the KRC-3 performing one of the best ‘disappearing acts’ Krell has yet to accomplish. It’s bold, it’s engulfing and – best of all – it’s room-filling, eking more out of mini-monitors than you’d expect of a pre-amp.
Downsides? I can’t think of anything about the KRC-3 that’s so debilitating that it could deprive the product of some sort of award for its bargain nature. Coming from an all-tube pre-amp, especially the GRAAF, an older Audio Research, or even a small budget tube design like a Trilogy 900 still leaves the listener with an awareness that you can get even richer, fatter, warmer sound. But you’ll probably pay for that with a loss of transparency or some artificial sweetening.
To put it into perspective, the KRC-3 is a Krell pre-amp for those who found its predecessors too demanding, too forceful, too disciplinarian. The older Krells told you what to hear; the KRC-3 lets you relax. The older Krells were almost Teutonic; the KRC-3 speaks in a Latin tongue. Traditional Krells were hyper-analytical; this one just wants to party. In a nutshell? It’s a Krell for music lovers who don’t want to be bossed around. The relatively affordable price is merely a welcomed, unexpected extra. Now how about a matching Krell stereo 50-watter for the same price?" - KenKessler.com
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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