KrellIllusionKrell Illusion CAST XLR RCA preamp with full warrantyKrell's most detailed, best preamp yet. CAST, XLR, and RCA inputs and outputs. Separate power supply that can also power Krell phono stage preamps. This unit has less than 20 hours on it and has...8999.00

Krell Illusion CAST XLR RCA preamp with full warranty

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Asking Price: $8,999.00

New Retail Price: $15,000.00

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Ships fromAlbuquerque, NM, 87110
Ships toUnited States
Package dimensions22.0" × 22.0" × 11.0" (18.0 lbs.)
22.0" × 22.0" × 11.0" (28.0 lbs.)
Shipping carrierFedEx
Shipping cost$50.00
Original accessoriesRemote Control, Box, Manual
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Krell's most detailed, best preamp yet.  CAST, XLR, and RCA inputs and outputs.  Separate power supply that can also power Krell phono stage preamps.  This unit has less than 20 hours on it and has zero dings, scratches, scuffs, or flaws.  Indistinguishable from brand new in box.  Herndon Audio is an authorized Krell dealer, and this preamp has a brand new factory warranty.  Price includes shipping, insurance, PayPal and/or AudioGon Express Checkout fees, everything to your door.  I ship the same day I receive payment and have over a decade of 100% positive feedback.
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Illusion Preamplifier 

The Illusion preamplifier extends the Krell tradition of separating the power supply from the audio circuitry in our flagship preamplifiers. Sharing the new Class A iBias power amplifier aesthetic and featuring Krell CAST technology, the Illusion preamplifier is the ideal match for the new Solo 375 and Solo 575 power amplifiers.


The optional crossover functionality offers the ability to use a subwoofer/satellite speaker arrangement and still maintain the highest quality sonic performance. Previous to the Illusion preamplifier, this system configuration would require signals to pass through a subwoofer’s lower quality crossover circuitry. The Illusion preamplifier is the centerpiece of a world class audio system where space is at a premium.


Crossover Highlights
Owing to Krell’s work in the Modulari Duo Reference loudspeaker, the unique crossover feature is a highly sophisticated option. When the optional board is present, additional crossover menu items become available. Definable parameters include independently assignable crossover frequencies and filter types for the high and low pass sections. Choices include 40Hz, 55Hz, 75Hz, and 100Hz crossover points with 12dB, 24dB, and 48dB Butterworth or 24dB Linkwitz-Riley style filters. The high pass section of the crossover uses the full Illusion preamplifier circuitry for its output stage.



Circuitry Highlights
The Illusion preamplifier is a dual monaural circuit design with the left and right channels afforded their own power supply regulation and individual full chassis sized boards. All signal gain is realized in surface mount topology using proprietary multiple-output current mirrors with nearly 500 times the open loop linearity of other designs 1.5 MHz open loop bandwidth in a zero feedback, balanced, Krell Current Mode design terminating in Krell CAST. A complete Krell system (source, preamp, and amplifier) system, connected using CAST interconnects reduces the number of voltage gain stages to the minimum, one. The resulting noise floor approaches the theoretical limit of technology. Negative feedback is not used anywhere in the preamp, nor is it necessary. Open-loop distortion is typically less than 0.003%. The volume control is realized with a balanced resistor ladder — bandwidth and transient response of the preamp circuitry are virtually unaffected by the volume setting.


Power Supply Highlights
The Illusion audio circuits receive power from a Krell Current Mode analog power supply housed in its own dedicated chassis. The power supply avoids the common integrated circuit topology used in many preamplifiers and instead mimics the design topology of Krell Evolution e Series amplifiers. The circuitry is completely discrete giving it the ability to respond quickly to current demands and also be unaffected by all but the most severe AC voltage power fluctuations. Oversized for a preamplifier, the power supply features a 290 VA transformer and 41,600µF of capacitance. Locating the power supply in its own chassis presents the ideal configuration for isolating stray electrical and magnetic interference from the critical preamplifier signal path. Capable of delivering current and voltage swing for any musical event, the Illusion power supply is gentle on AC requirements when not in use. A new eco-friendly design reduces standby power draw to 2W.

Illusion Preamplifier


  • 2 pr. CAST via 4-pin bayonet connectors

  • 2 pr. balanced via XLR connectors

  • 3 pr. single-ended via RCA connectors

Tape input
  • 1 pr. single-ended via RCA connector

Main outputs

  • 2 pr. CAST via 4-pin bayonet connectors 

  • 1 pr. balanced via XLR connector

  • 1 pr. single-ended via RCA connector

Download the "Illusion Quick Set-up Guide"Subwoofer outputs

  • 1 pr. balanced via XLR connector

  • 1 pr. single-ended via RCA connector

Tape outputs
  • 1 pr. single-ended via RCA connector,buffered

Control inputs

  • 1 RS-232 input via a 9-pin D-subminiature connector

  • 1 remote IR detector input via a 3-conductor 3.5 mm connector

  • 1 12 VDC trigger input via 3.5 mm connector

  • 1 preamplifier link via an RJ-45 connector

Control outputs

  • 2 individually programmable 12 VDC trigger outputs via 3.5 mm connectors

  • 1 preamplifier link via an RJ-45 connector

Power output

    • 1 phono power output (±21 VDC) for KPE via a 9-pin D-subminiature connector

    Input impedance

    • CAST: 25 Ohms

    • Balanced: 40 k Ohms 

    • Single-ended: 20 k Ohms

    Output impedance

    • CAST: >1 MΩ

    • Balanced: 250Ω

    • Single-ended: 125Ω


    • 12 dB (CAST or balanced output)

    • 6 dB (single-ended output)

    Volume control 
    • Balanced, current-mode, 16-bit, discrete R-2R ladder

    Input overload
    • Balanced, current-mode, 16-bit, discrete R-2R ladder

    Output overload

    • CAST: 16 rnA RMS

    • Balanced: 16 V RMS 

    • Single-ended: 8 V RMS

Frequency response

  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz ± 0.02 dB

  • 0.35 Hz to 720 KHz +0, -3 dB

  • Single-ended: 8 V RMS

Total harmonic distortion plus noise
  • Balanced Output: <0.003%, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, 4 V RMS or 4mARMS

Signal-to-noise ratio

  • 4 V RMS balanced or 4 mA RMS CAST output

  • Wideband, unweighted: >100 dB

  • "A" weighted: >109 dB

Power consumption 

  • Standby: 2 W

  • Power on: 65 W

  • Power on, with KPE: 75 W

Preamplifier only:

  • 17.3 in.W x 3.8 in. H x 18.3 in. D

  • 43.8 cm W x 9.7 cm H x 46.4 cm D

Power supply only:

  • 17.3 in. W x 3.8 in. H x 17.7 in. D

  • 43.8 cm W x 9.7 cm H x 44.8 cm D

Preamplifier and power supply:

  • 17.3 in. W x 7.6 in. H x 18.3 in. D

  • 43.8 cm W x 19.2 cm H x 46.4 cm D


  • Shipped: 61 lbs., 27.6 kg

  • Preamplifier only: 18 lbs., 8.1 kg

  • Power supply only: 28 lbs., 12.7 kg

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