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 Showcase 7?
- Power output:
- 125 watts per channel into 8Ω (7 channels)
- Frequency response:
- 20Hz to 20kHz
- Total harmonic distortion:
- 26.2 dB
- Input sensitivity:
- Signal to noise ratio:
- Speaker load impedance:
- 4Ω (minimum)
- 439 x 145 x 503mm
What else to know about the Krell Showcase 7?
"Krell's Showcase Amplifier - After hooking up the amp, and allowing appropriate time for break in, I first went through a series of two-channel CD recordings, two-channel SACD recordings, and multi-channel DVD-A and SACD recordings. The Showcase Amplifier shares (naturally) some of its sonic characteristics with the Processor, and has a very smooth, clear midrange that really impresses. The textures on vocal recordings such as Diana Krall's DTS "Love Scenes" are excellent, with a smoothness and delicacy of texture that simply drips from the speakers. This is accentuated by the very quiet, dark background of this amp. The bass region is very dynamic and fast, and not overstated. The soundstage is large and deep, and there is excellent air around voices and instruments, allowing for the mind's eye to discretely pick out different instruments in the ensemble.
There existed some level of sibilance to the highs that was on occasion displayed with less than optimal recordings. On the two-channel SACD Billy Holiday "Lady In Satin," this propensity combined with the Amplifier's analytical nature made listening at moderate to high levels fatiguing. I spent some time playing with the Room EQ on the Processor, and this did alleviate this propensity to some extent. A good portion of this effect might well be due to the tendency of my B&W Nautilus speakers to be slightly bright under certain conditions, as well as the live nature of my listening room.
On movie soundtracks, this Amplifier performed admirably. There was no shortage of power or lack of control during complex sound-tracks such as Lord of the Rings, or Gladiator. The smooth midrange really made voices crisp, clear, and incredibly intelligible. I usually watch movies at moderate levels of sound, and the Amplifier was just loafing at these levels with large amounts of reserve. The dark, quiet background enhanced the experience as on music recordings, and added to the dynamic energy of soundtracks.
The Showcase Amplifier leans toward a somewhat analytical sound. In other words, it will give you back the quality of the recording that is put in. It does not add discolorations to the sound to make it seem more "musical," rather it will show you what you have in your source. This is not a fault of the Krell, it is simply doing what a good amplifier is supposed to do: get out of the way and present the original source material with power and clarity." - Home Theater Review
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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