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Any info on new Krell Foundation prepro?

post #1 of 15
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Anyone have any good intel on the new Krell Foundation processor? Supposed to be around $6k, and may have some proprietary sub 500hz room correction (auto?), but that's all I know. Any info and updates would be appreciated.
post #2 of 15
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As posted by "Krobar" a few weeks ago:

Looks very interesting.

8 HDMI Ins
2 HDMI Out
7.2 XLR Output (Fully Balanced topology)
Analogue only stereo preamp section for music
3 Oprical 3 Coax Input
Balanced Stereo In
RS232 and Network control
No Analogue Video!
$6000

http://www.hometheater.com/content/krell-gets-back-sub-10k-territory
post #3 of 15
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More, from S&V magazine

Granted, those are both expensive and exotic products, but bass-only room correction may be trickling down. At the recent CEDIA Expo, I saw a prototype of the new Krell Foundation preamp/processor, which includes room correction that you can set to function only below a certain frequency. It’s not necessarily because Krell’s getting the room-EQ religion, though. It’s for a reason I hadn’t even considered.

“Our customers are buying Thiel or Wilson speakers because they want to hear the characteristics of those speakers,” Krell president Bill McKiegan told me. “This lets them fix the important room problems without changing the essential character of the speaker.”

The Foundation is still very much in prototype mode — according to McKiegan, the final product will look much different from the plain black box you see here — and it won’t be available for a few more months. And of course, it’s a Krell so it ain’t cheap: Even though it’s the company’s “starter” pre/pro, it’ll cost about $6,000. But still, of all the pieces of audio electronics I’ve seen this year, this is the one I really can’t wait to get into my listening room
post #4 of 15
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Well, it's heeeeeerrrrrrreeeeee. Previewed at CES 2013. Maybe we will get some more good intel in next few weeks. Curious what dacs they are using, and whether they will offer an asynch usb input. Also, will they offer tone controls of any kind?.
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Originally Posted by jeffkad View Post

Well, it's heeeeeerrrrrrreeeeee. Previewed at CES 2013. Maybe we will get some more good intel in next few weeks. Curious what dacs they are using, and whether they will offer an asynch usb input. Also, will they offer tone controls of any kind?.

I'm really intersted in this unit. I wonder if dealers would be willing to discount?

What's the scoop on the auto EQ? Is it a plain-jane parametric EQ with bands?

-Brian
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post #7 of 15
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The Foundation is shipping now. Hopefully people will start getting units and posting impressions and reviews soon. The website still doesn't have a manual, which would help us all understand functionality. Also, there is no mention of type of Dacs used. My guess is they are sticking with ESS Sabre dac, but would certainly like to know. I see one USB input on back of unit, but no mention if it's a viable input for hi-res music servers (i.e., asynch 24/96 or 32/192). Hopefully more info will flow shortly.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by jeffkad View Post

....I see one USB input on back of unit, but no mention if it's a viable input for hi-res music servers (i.e., asynch 24/96 or 32/192)...

The mini-USB is used for firmware updates only (refer page 25 of the owners manual).
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...there is no mention of type of Dacs used. My guess is they are sticking with ESS Sabre dac, but would certainly like to know..

Digital signal processing is a pair of dual core 32 bit Cirrus Logic CS497024 DSP’s performing 1.8 giga operations per second. Digital signals are then routed to 32 bit ESS Sabre DACS
post #10 of 15
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What's the scoop on the auto EQ? Is it a plain-jane parametric EQ with bands?

The Foundation also features Krell’s Automatic Room Equalization System (ARES), to ensure the best possible performance from every theater. ARES analyzes all the speakers in the system, their location, phase, and distance from each other, to determine the best crossover frequency, delay, and more. In addition, ARES incorporates the acoustics of the room to determine unique EQ curves for each of the 7.1 output channels. Unlike other room EQs, ARES can be programmed to only adjust the troublesome low frequencies, leaving high frequencies unaltered.

(refer page 4 of owners manual)
post #11 of 15
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Well, I couldnt wait, so I went ahead and got it's older brother, the Krell S-1200. Wow, although I've only had about an hour or two on it, not much more I can say but WOW! The S1200 is an incredible processor, at least for 2ch music as a preamp and mch BD via hdmi. The fact that the Foundation has ESS dacs is very nice. Probably a better overall solution than even the S1200, although the S1200 is probably noticeably better as an analog preamp at least. Can't wait to hear actual user opinion on the Foundation.
post #12 of 15

Here you go, I checked one out last weekend and talked to Bill McKiegan, the president of Krell.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1468563/krell-brings-foundation-av-pre-pro-to-the-new-york-audio-show

post #13 of 15
I am very interested in this piece mainly the two channel analog audio I need it to replace my Integra DHC 9.9
post #14 of 15
Any new info on this piece. According to Krells website it is now out. It is on the home page. Just wondering if anyone has gotten one yet? And if so your impressions. I am considering this and the Marantz 8801.Like I stated in the past I want whatever I get to soar in 2 channel analog audio. And this Krell sounds good also for there latest invention with the Hdmi circuit.
Edited by rhale64L7 - 6/14/13 at 9:16am
post #15 of 15
Well folks there is a good review of the Foundation. It is in a German mag. Though. It is Heimkino mag. It would be nice if it were more detailed but nonetheless it is a good review.
One thing that I found odd is the use of Sabre dacs and Burr Brown dacs in the same unit. If I am understanding it correctly it uses sabre dacs for the multichannel and burr brown for the dsd 2 channel 24 192. I am not very knowledgeable on this though. So may be wrong.
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