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 KSP 7B?
- Frequency response:
- 5Hz to 550kHz
- 6dB (line)
- Signal to noise ratio:
- 80dB (MM)
- 12V (Pre out Max)
- 18.5 x 12 x 2.25 inches
What else to know about the Krell KSP 7B?
"Having tried several pre-amps in my system I could not get past the Price:Performance ratio of this highly overlooked Gem. Not that the SFL-2 , AR LS2b & LS15 , BAT VK3i & 5i did not have some very admirable qualities! Once warmed up and ready to go they made some great music,but that is my point! If you are like me and don't have a lot of time to listen at nights,the warm-up time kills too much of my listening time!!!!Not the products fault / Mine.
The Levinson and Proceed pieces sounded very nice,but just a tad dark and lacked the emotion in my system.Great solid state gear if used with the right associated gear.Adding up the costs of used starting at $1000.00 and new starting at $6000.00, and every price point in between,the Krell KSP-7b is an Audio Lovers Dream.
The KSP-7b had the most Bang for the Buck sonically. Yeah there was more Bells and Whistles on some of the other pre's but,I was after sonic performance with instant gratification. The power supply is always on and ready,keeping the pre at optimum operating temperature......just switch it from Mute and Go. Quite does not even begin to describe the KSP-7b, it had the blackest of backgrounds and could go from Triple Forte(fff) to Pianissamo(ppp)like none other tried. So dynamic that it scared me quit a few times. It has Absolute Phase and Adjustable Gain on the front panel. Techno babble is not really needed at this point, just the bottom line on this pre-amp.
Great biuld Quality, Top notch parts usage, Excellent circuit lay-out, Amazingly good phono stage(fully adjustable for all cartridges and tables), Sound staging / Dynamics / Balance / Accuracy that could not be beat until I reached the $6000.00 price point.....I could not believe my ears when I tried this piece out on a whim. After several weeks of listening the choice was clear. At $1000.00 used and always ready to please,it left me no other question than to buy it....and still have not replaced it to this day. I have tried other new models and they just can't warrant the cost to replace.
The Krell KSP-7b Is an Overlooked GEM.Think of all the other things you can buy for your system with the money saved on this piece. If you can find someone that is willing to part with thiers." - AudioReview.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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