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Alta Audio Alec loudspeakers; Krell K-300p Phono Stage, Illusion line preamplifier, and Duo 300 XD amplifier; VPI HW-40 Anniversary Edition Turntable

By | November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The lighting in the Krell-Alta Audio room was bleak, gray, colorless. The only color in the room was the blue from the lights on Krell’s never-before-played-in-public K-300p phono preamplifier ($TBD), Krell Illusion line-level preamplifier ($7700), Krell Duo 300 XD amplifier, and Krell CEO Walter Schofield’s shiny blue jacket. Before lighting-induced dystopian melancholy took hold, I was greeted by the dual grins of Walter and the always fun story teller Michael Levy, CEO at Alta Audio.

As I sat down, Walter said, “Herb, did you ever think the old Krell sounded hard, gray, and transistor-y?” I said, “No Walter, I always thought the Krell KSA50 was one of the best amps ever.” He smiled (Schofield has a killer smile), and said, “The new Krell is organic and musical!” Now I smiled, “So show me.”

Then Michael Levy sprang up and said, “Herb, what do you think of my new speakers?” I said, “I can’t see them.… Read the full article

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VPI Industries debuts Vanquish, along with KEF, Krell, and NORDOST | CAF 2019

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Tenacious Sound.

WASHINGTON D.C. (PTA) — The most exciting way to kick-off the Capital Audiofest 2019 weekend, and subsequently conclude the VPI 40th Anniversary Celebration Year, is with the launch of something really BIG from VPI Industries. Along for the wild ride: KEF, Krell, and NORDOST.

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Van·quish (/ˈvaNGkwiSH/) verb: to defeat thoroughly.

That simple definition pretty much sums up the daily activities happening at VPI Industries these days.… Read the full article

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VPI Turntable, Audio-Technica Cartridge, Krell Integrated Amp, Gershman Speakers, Nordost Cables

By | October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Another room where the sound warmed the cockles of my heart was hosted by Gershman Acoustics, Krell, and VPI. There, I re-met Gershman Acoustics’ Ofrah and Eli Gershman (in the photo above), whom I see regularly at the Montreal Audio Fest—is there a harder working husband-and-wife team working the audio show circuit?—and had the pleasure to meet for the first time Krell’s congenial COO Walter Schofield. The gang (minus VPI’s Mat Weisfeld, who’s often in the picture but wasn’t this time) was demoing a system that was another of my show highlights.… Read the full article

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Alta Audio, Krell, VPI Industries, Audio-Technica, ZenSati | RMAF 2019

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Alta Krell VPI RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — Alta Audio debuts their new mid-size two-way loudspeaker, Krell showcases some of their most refined electronics, VPI Industries celebrates forty years in business with a continued tour of their direct-drive turntable, Audio-Technica joins the party with phono cartridges and headphones, and ZenSati tames the whole room with their Zorro series cables.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

Meeting with Mike Levy of Alta Audio always evolves into conversations about anything but audio.… Read the full article

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Krell Illusion II preamp and Duo 300 XD amplifier, VPI HW-40 turntable, Audio Technica Art 1000 cartridge, Alta Audio Alec loudspeakers, and ZenSati Zorro cabling

By | September 10th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Krell’s immensely energetic Walter Schofield was in the middle of a system description when I entered the room, so I didn’t know exactly what I was hearing, but whatever it was, the fact that I’d just submitted my review of the Krell K-300i integrated before boarding a plane for Denver left me very eager to hear it.

Dean Martin’s voice, on LP, sounded drop dead gorgeous. The sound was open and inviting, with just a tip of bright edge on top.… Read the full article

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Krell K-300i stereo integrated amplifier REVIEW

By | September 2nd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Krell K-300i

Krell is one of the most distinguished names in amplification, so a sub-$10,000 Krell is something to get excited about.

When we heard that Krell had released what it called ‘its most affordable amplifier yet’, and that it featured not only Krell’s famous iBias and XD circuitry, but could also be optionally equipped with a module that adds digital inputs, wireless and streaming capabilities, we got excited… very excited.… Read the full article

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Krell K-300i Integrated Amplifier, Sonus Faber Olympica III Loudspeakers, ZenSati Cabling

By | May 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Krell had a big display at Munich High End show and seems to be on the brink—or maybe in the midst—of a major new-product and marketing surge.

Walter Schofield, the company’s CEO, told me that in addition to a few new products recently introduced, many more are just on the horizon. The new products—and the new marketing push—are based on two recent technical advances. The first, iBias, which was introduced by Krell in 2014, is a sliding-bias scheme that ensures there’s always a positive bias for both phases of the waveform.… Read the full article

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Krell Theater 7 Amplifier Review

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $7,500


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Class-A sound with improved efficiency
Exceptional transparency and control

Minus

Not the most powerful amp on the block
Display unnecessary for most users


THE VERDICT

Krell returns to form with an exceptionally capable amplifier for well-heeled home theaters where quality takes precedence over quantity.


It’s hard to overstate the importance of Krell Industries in the history of high-end audio. Founded by Dan and Rondi D’Agostino in 1980, Krell was the audio equivalent of Lamborghini—an audacious riposte to more Ferrari-like rivals such as Mark Levinson and Audio Research.

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CAF 2018: VPI Industries, AudioShield, Krell, Wilson Audio, Soundsmith, Nordost; If more is better, too much is almost enough

By | December 19th, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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VPI Industries was in direct control, AudioShield had the room well protected, Krell and Wilson Audio tango with reference style, Soundsmith and Lyra go head-to-head, Nordost throws a lasso around the crowd.

Twice as impressive as one, there were two of the new VPI Industries HW-40 direct drive turntables on hand. Each equipped with a JWM-12 “Fatboy” tonearm, which is included in the price of the HW-40 turntable, and is standard. The HW-40 has benefitted from forty years of refinement as it now carries an updated and upgraded direct drive motor system, Nordost wiring, and an all new VTA Base on the fly.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: KRELL, Alta, Acoustic Signature, AntiCables; A renewed faith

By | November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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KRELL Industries unveils their new K-300i integrated, Alta Audio shows off their superbly underrated Celesta FRM-2 speaker, Acoustic Signature supplies all things analog with a Triple X turntable, whilst AntiCables ties it all together with bow.

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Krell Industries, one of the first to ever offer a high-end integrated, debuted an updated K-300i integrated amplifier that sports copious amounts of power and connectivity.

Like the KAV-300i from 1996, and the S-300i over a decade later, the new K-300i aims to reclaim the helm the high-end integrated mountain top by delivering 150 wpc into 8-ohms, or 300 wpc into 4-ohms.… Read the full article

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