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 KSA 200s?
- solid-state stereo power amplifier with "Sustained Plateau" output-stage biasing.
- Power output:
- 200Wpc into 8 ohms, 400Wpc into 4 ohms, 800Wpc into 2 ohms, 1600Wpc into 1 ohm, one channel driven (all power outputs equivalent to 23dBW).
- Damping factor:
- 0.1% at 1kHz, 0.2–0.5% at 20kHz, at full power.
- 19" W by 8.5" H by 21" D.
What else to know about the Krell KSA 200s?
"A careful conclusion to a responsible review must uncover the true balance presented by the product under test. While all manufacturers wish for rave reviews—in fact, they often insist that anything less is of no marketing use—in the real world, products worthy of raves are few and far between. And, surely, that is how it should be—a surfeit of raves devalues the entire reviewing structure.
Manufacturers should give Stereophile's readers and their potential customers a little more credit for their intelligence and discrimination. A favorable review can be less than the ravings of a lovesick reviewer, yet still do the product justice by setting it in its context and supporting a sensible purchasing judgment.
So it is with the Krell KSA-200S. It is an immensely capable power amplifier, yet it doesn't get an uncritical rave review. Krell's new KSA-series amplifiers are better than their predecessors, but only incrementally so. A rave review would require perhaps a sound radically better than (or perhaps just different from) anything that has gone before. Nevertheless, after reading the following summary, you should be left in no doubt as to my positive opinion; indeed, the facts speak for themselves.
Here's what you get for your $7500:
• a thoroughly up-to-date, energy-efficient, and good-looking solid-state stereo design;
• a performance closely approximating genuine class-A output stage operation without the power and heat penalties, and which allows for a relatively compact amplifier chassis for its power rating;
• a conservatively rated, true 200Wpc-into-8-ohms, 1600Wpc-into-1-ohm power output with ample current capacity and the ability to drive any conceivable load to the amplifier's rated level with very little variation in sound quality;
• a sound which varies little, whether driven balanced or unbalanced, thus enhancing the amplifier's versatility;
• a sound quality which builds upon established Krell strengths of image stability, low-end grunt, sense of musical foundation, and higher-than-expected dynamic range. Improvements over earlier Krells concern treble purity, tonal accuracy in the midrange and lower midrange, superior microdynamics, better pace, and a more spacious, more ambient soundstage. The result is both more musical and more satisfying in the longer term; and • a fine finish, a first-rate build quality, system remote facilities, and a five-year transferable warranty which helps maintain the amplifier's value.
Dependable and even-tempered, the Krell KSA-200S gets my recommendation. It may not be exceptional in any one respect, but it is exceptional by virtue of its fine balance of properties. This is as true of the '200S as it is of the matching Krell KRC-2 preamplifier, and positions the Krell at the forefront for amplifiers of its class.
Speculation as to its audiophile status indicates that it would be a Class A contender in Stereophile's "Recommended Components." Its ultimate rating will, of course, depend to some degree on how the performance of the competition shapes up.
OK, it might not be a tube design, but it's damn good nonetheless!" - Stereophile, Colloms
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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