Mint Condition very desirable Krell KCT Reference pre amp. This absolutely gorgeous Krell KCT preamp is truly amazing. I don't even want to sell it. One of our staff said: I am almost ready to just keep it for my own personal audio system.
This unit sounds and looks like brand new. I struggled to find any marks or flaws at all. After 20 minutes of looking, i did manage to find the most minor of marks on the unit. What i cannot find is even the slightest of issues with the sound quality. This Krell has a huge soundstage. Its presentation is detailed, open, liquid and just to die for.
For those who appreciate equipment with superior build quality, Krell will satisfy. The quality and robustness of Krell is second to none.
I am as impressed with the sound quality today, as when I listened to it when it was first introduced. You will be too.
This Krell comes with factory box, remote control and original factory owners manual.
Don't miss your opportunity to pick up this truly world class pre amp. Quality does not diminish with time. What does change, is how much more affordable a world class product like this Krell KCT becomes with time.
We are offering this pre amp for a very reasonable $3995.00. It is best to act quickly and get it while its still available...
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Krell KCT Stereo Pre amplifie:
built its reputation on building big, powerful amplifiers with massive
amounts of power reserves, tremendous transient response and
bullet-proof build quality. Although the Krell name is best known for
its amplifiers, Krell has also built preamplifiers since its beginnings
in 1980. The Krell KCT preamplifier is the finest preamplifier Krell
has to offer and is the result of the development of Krell’s best
amplifier, the Krell Master Reference Amplifier. The question for many
well-heeled audio enthusiasts is, does a well-engineered amplifier
design translate into equally well-engineered preamplifier design?
As I unboxed the Krell KCT preamplifier, the cliché “built like a tank”
was the first thought that came to mind. The Krell KCT is a visually
striking piece of equipment, with a great sense of industrial design
At $8,500, this preamp is immensely expensive although priced
comparably or less than other “statement” preamplifier offerings such
as Mark Levinson No. 32 (about $12,000) or Conrad Johnson’s ART (nearly
$16,000). Weighing in at 23 pounds and measuring 19 inches wide,
four-and-a-half inches high and 14.5 inches deep, it seems rather heavy
for such a slender design, but then again, that’s how tanks are built.
The front panel LED display provides information on input, zones (it
has dual zone ability), menu function and selection and all
preamplifier operations. The back panel has two pairs of balanced
analog inputs, three pairs of single-ended analog inputs and two pairs
of CAST inputs for use with Krell CAST equipped input devices. On the
output side of business, it has one pair of single-ended output, one
pair of balanced outputs and two pair of CAST outputs. For Zone Two, it
has one pair of balanced outputs and one pair of single-ended outputs.
The Krell KCT also has the Krell Link feature, which allows for
synchronized remote power on and off with other Krell components that
have the Krell Link feature. It’s equipped with three 12-volt triggers
outputs for remote on/off of other components, RC-5 in to receive
remote input commands and an RS-232 port for software upgrades. It also
includes a phono power port that can be used to connect to a Krell KPE
phono stage and will accept an IEC standard 15-amp power cord.
placed the Krell KCT on the top shelf of my rack and plugged it into
the wall socket using a Cardas Golden power cord, and connected it to
the Krell FPB 400cx via its CAST outputs using Krell CAST cables.
Speaker connections to the amplifier were made using the Cardas Golden
Cross bi-wire speaker cables, which have been my long-term reference
speaker cables. The Undewood HiFi modified, Shanling CD-T100 CD player
was used for all two-channel audio.
Krell KCT is the first preamplifier to incorporate Krell Tunnel
technology, which is a circuit design that Krell claims is the most
efficient signal transmission from input of the preamplifier to its
output. The circuit topology shelters the audio signal from voltage
interference and provides a current domain conduit for internal signal
transmission in the same way that a tunnel protects what is inside
while maintaining a safe passage from entry to exit. It also includes
Krell CAST (Current Audio Signal Transmission) technology, proprietary
technology for connecting analog components, which Krell claims
provides the most accurate signal transfer from one component to
another. The Krell KCT is the first Krell preamplifier to incorporate
two-zone capability. It also allows for the independent source
selection for the second zone and volume control for the second zone.
The menu lets you name each input, select volume trim levels and
balance levels for each input. The remote control is a serious chunk of
metal. It lacks learning capability and backlighting, which would have
rendered this remote more effective, but its clearly marked display
gives it a nice feel, and in a pinch, you could use it as a weapon to
protect yourself. The Music:
Love (A&M Records) shows us that Gordon Sumner (AKA: Sting) still
has something to offer Police fans and his latest CD rocks harder than
many previous attempts. “Send Your Love” features flamenco guitarist
Vicente Amigo and has an upbeat dance sound that’s extremely dynamic
when heard through the Krell KCT preamp. Amigo’s flamenco work is
coherent and full-bodied and Sting’s voice has a precise tonal quality
with unrivaled clarity. The Krell KCT also performed admirably when I
listened to, “The Book of My Life” from the same CD. It’s a sober
ballad featuring Anoushka Shankar on the sitar. The emotion and sorrow
in Sting’s voice is heightened by the Far Eastern sound of the sitar,
while I was treated to some of the most open, effortless, musically
honest sound my system has produced. Other preamplifiers may have an
“easy like Sunday morning” sound, sacrificing detail for rounded edges,
but none of the others that I’ve heard sound more true to the source
with a completely unveiled presentation.
Next, I listened to Coldplay’s A Rush of Blood to the Head (Capitol
Records) and the song “The Scientist.” This song starts with a
beautiful slow piano solo, with harmonic texture and coherent musical
reproduction across the entire frequency spectrum. Just as the sound of
Chris Martin’s voice slowly begins to accompany the piano, I heard an
image so deep and three-dimensional I felt as if I could put my arm
through it. With the Krell KCT, I heard every nuance of Martin’s voice
with a level of detail I’ve seldom experienced before. The next song I
listened to was “Warning Sign.” I was again reminded of the Krell KCT's
ability to convey a sense of realism, emotion and the presence of an
almost scarily convincing soundstage. I have heard many reference
preamps in my time, all displaying characteristics that made them
extraordinary. However, for the first time, I was hearing one that had
no immediate shortcomings whatsoever. The KCT was purring like a finely
tuned German engine.
Barry White’s The Best of Barry White: The Millennium Collection
(Island-Def Jam Music Group) is an excellent “greatest hits” CD, and
“I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby” is one of Barry’s most
funky tunes. The song starts off with a pounding bass line that has
never sounded tighter or more powerful and no other
preamplifier/amplifier combination I’ve heard has offered a more
tight-fisted, iron grip control of my Martin Logan Prodigies. It’s a
rare combination of brute force and emotion in the rumbling, basso
profundo of White’s voice that’s rarely heard.
What should be considered White’s theme song, “Can’t Get Enough of Your
Love, Babe,” is an upbeat disco number that literally came alive with a
broad, open soundstage and a revealing level of detail that I’ve simply
never heard my system produce before.
favorite is Keb' Mo’s self-titled CD and the song “Every Morning” (Epic
Records). With the Krell KCT, Keb' Mo’s vocals had a very open and
natural sound with excellent soundstage width and depth. His guitar had
proper acoustic tonal quality with an exceptional airy feel. With every
pluck of his guitar, I heard very distinct accuracy. Keb' Mo’s voice
had perhaps the most clarity and best pitch definition that I’ve ever
heard in my system and considering the amount of preamps that I’ve
heard, this is quite an accomplishment and a testament to the Krell
CAST system. The differences I heard by comparing the CAST connections
to the balanced connections were not minor, and I can confirm Krell’s
claims of improved dynamic range, transient impact, width and depth of
soundstage and improved tonal quality when using the CAST connections.
The second song I listened to from the same CD was “Am I Wrong.” I was
reminded of Krell’s reputation for excellent dynamics and great bass
slam, with the deepest and most powerful bass my Prodigies have ever
produced. < ==================== >
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