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 S-300i?
- Power Output:
- 150Wpc into 8 ohms, 300Wpc into 4 ohms
- Three RCA, one XLR (all line inputs)
- 17.25” x 4.20” x 17.50”
- 43 lbs
What else to know about the Krell S-300i?
"The S-300i is a smooth operator from a company that knows the territory. Its functions and configurability illustrate Krell’s crossover expertise in home cinema and the high end. Fit and finish are stunning-. Wholly designed in Orange, CT, and built in China to Krell’s specifications, the casework is seamless; edges and trim are smoothly rounded. Borrowing some of its styling cues and ergonomics from the S-1000 controller, the richly polished aluminum front panel houses buttons with hermetically sealed push-button switches that engage with a reassuring click. The machined aluminum volume/navigation wheel generates just the right amount of feedback to the hand. It also accesses the S-300i’s control menus, which can be viewed on the unit’s front-panel display. The menu system controls such functions as balance, input trim, input naming, and muting level. Krell also gets the adjustably illuminated display just right-—readable by human beings, not eagles. The rear panel includes three RCA line-level inputs, a balanced XLR input, and an iPod/iPhone interface (a cable is supplied) that taps audio from the fully differential output. Unfortunately the interface does not export the iPod’s metadata to the front-panel display—an oversight in my view. Naturally there’s a theater pass-through mode. External control systems such as AMX and Crestron touchscreens haven’t been forgotten either—the S-300i provides 3.5mm jacks for IR input and 12-volt trigger input and output, as well as an RS232 connector. High-quality speaker cable terminals complete this well-equipped package. A full-function remote is provided.
No shortage of clout in the power department, either. The S-300i combines a fully balanced discrete Class A preamplifier circuit controlled by an R-2R resistor-ladder volume control and a discrete output stage rated rated at 150 watts per channel into 8 ohms and 300 watts per channel into 4 ohms. Its circuit borrows the Current Mode technology used in Krell’s top-of-the-line Evolution amps and preamps. Krell touts its massive 750VA toroidal transformer and 38,000 microfarads of capacitance as among the more potent ever incorporated into an integrated amplifier." – The Absolute Sound, Neil Gader
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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