Current Audio Signal Transmission
CAST (Current Audio Signal Transmission) is a proprietary technology by Krell Industries, LLC that effectively combines the signal gain stages of components connected in CAST into one gain block. CAST technology virtually eliminates the noise and distortions created from the use of multiple voltage gain stages. A Krell system connected in CAST transfers the signal in the current domain, throughout the signal path to the amplifier output stage where only one current to voltage conversion (I-to-V) takes place. CAST enabled products include a transmitter and receiver circuitry that transfers current from an extremely high output impedance (source) to a low-impedance input (load), minimizing the cable's effect on signal transmission.
CAST technology expands the usable audio signal bandwidth well over 2 MHz; ensuring harmonic reflections are virtually immeasurable in the audible frequency range. CAST allows signal transmission over extended lengths of interconnect cable, allowing flexible placement for your components, without signal degradation.
The Voltage Signal Transmission and the Traditional Audio System
Traditionally, signal is transmitted in the voltage domain between two components. In an audio system, each component is a discrete entity with unique characteristics that act upon the musical signal independently. Each component is unaware of the other components in the system. The cables that connect the components also have their own electrical characteristics, which affect the sonic presentation of the entire system. CAST transmission unifies individual components and interconnects into an electrically linked whole. The original signal remains unaltered from source to speaker.
Here's how a CAST audio system works. Internally, each CAST source transfers, or amplifies, current using Krell Current Mode circuitry. This current signal is then output using CAST circuitry. When the signal is received by a CAST input, Krell Current Mode circuitry again takes over until the signal reaches the loudspeaker. By maintaining the musical signal in the current domain from beginning to end, an entire CAST system behaves as if it is one component. With CAST, circuit board properties and signal transmission aberrations between components are eliminated. Cable impedances and their effects on the transmitted signal are non-existent.
How CAST and Krell Current Mode Interact
While CAST is a new method of transferring the musical signal between components, its origin stems from Krell Current Mode, the technology developed to transfer the musical signal within a component. CAST combined with Krell Current Mode takes circuitry signal transmission to the next evolutionary level. In essence, Krell Current Mode maintains the integrity of the signal within the component and CAST preserves the transmitted signal between components. Together, CAST and Krell Current Mode technologies unify separate Krell components into a single global circuit. Krell Current Mode technology enjoys bandwidth increases up to an order of magnitude greater than their voltage based counterparts. This dramatic increase in circuit bandwidth delivers near perfection in the audible band that typically suffers from phase distortions in voltage circuits.
By employing radical current mirror circuitry, the Evolution components elevate the CAST technology to another level. This advanced use of the technology increases the linearity, transient speed, and bandwidth of the Evolution components while reducing the distortion by an order of magnitude.
The Best Musical Performance
When you operate a CAST system, you will hear significant improvements in every performance area: speed, precision, dynamic range, depth and width of the sound stage, transient impact, tonal balance, harmonic distortion, and more. The goal for CAST is the same company goal used for all Krell products. Krell strives for the delivery of the best performance of a musical event for you, using the full expression of technology to date.
CAST® MMF Interconnect Cable
The Krell CAST MMF cable jointly developed by Krell Industries, LLC and Nordost has taken this concept a step further using Nordost's proprietary Micro Mono-Filament Technology. This technology uses spiral spacing and extruded FEP in a unique construction that creates a virtual air dielectric. The cable uses four silver plated 99.99999% OFC conductors in a Micro Mono-Filament FEP (Fourinated Ethylene Propylene) construction with a dual served shield. The revolutionary Krell CAST MMF cable design combines ease of use with very wide bandwidth and very efficient signal transmission at high speeds by reducing insulation contact with the conductors by more than 80%. The sonic improvements with the Krell CAST MMF cable are immediate - performances emerge from absolute blackness, with the speed, depth and dynamics realized only through the absence of ambient noise.
For nearly 30 years, Krell has designed and built some of the most powerful high-current amplifiers in existence. Our power amps have become standard bearers for performance in their categories.
For roughly 20 of those years, devoted audiophiles looking to extract every drop of performance out of them have been turning to after-market producers of power cables for our amps.
Being deliberate, careful thinkers, it finally occurred to us that perhaps Krell ought to design and manufacture its own AC power cables. After all, we've already created countless power supply designs for CD players, preamplifiers, and surround processors - in addition to our amplifiers. Krell knows first-hand the demands that high-current audio components place on AC power lines and cables. We thoroughly understand the complexities of large capacity power transformers and the negative effects weak or noisy AC power mains has on sound and picture quality. It is this knowledge that drove us to design a power cable that guarantees that the first connection to a Krell component is as thoroughly engineered as the electronics within the chassis. That's something virtually no other power cables manufacturer can say.
So it is with deep pride, after many years, that we are pleased to introduce the Krell of power cables: The Krell Vector HC. The first and only power cables engineered to the same rigorous standards as Krell electronics, and the first to address the total AC needs of high-current components.
You will instantly hear improvements in bass definition and control. Image outlines are more defined with greater elegance and finesse in the upper octaves. Use Vector HC in your video system and the results are equally compelling.
Engineered like signal cables, Hot and Neutral leads are twisted together at a precise rotational angle and twist rate, optimizing the relationship between resistance, capacitance, and inductance. Inductance, enemy of high current demand events, resists changes in current flow. Vector HC minimizes inductance insuring unimpeded access to the available AC wall current. Simultaneously, capacitance is increased to reject high frequency noise voltage. For minimal noise emission and maximum noise rejection the two main conductors are wrapped in a foil shield as opposed to generic braided wire shield employed in many designs. A foil shield is more effective than a braided wire at shielding the frequency ranges that affect audio components. The ground conductor runs outside this power delivery package for better RF/EMI immunity.
Three Conductors of finely stranded Oxygen-free 11 AWG Copper make up the conductor complement. Each conductor is separately insulated in a Teflon based material providing a linear and predictable dielectric constant. A spiral sheath of individual fiberglass strands protects the conductors in a flexible yet strong framework. Providing increased mechanical stability, a clear PVC jacket secures the entire package.
Furutech power connectors, widely recognized as the industry leader, complete Vector HC cables. These connectors feature a unique, sprung metal bridge tying the various parts together, shunting any noise potential to ground and significantly reducing distortion for ultra clean and stable power transfer.
For enhanced conductivity, each conductor in the cable is terminated with a gold-plated pure copper spade lug before insertion into the Furutech connectors. Final connection to AC power is made using Rhodium-plated pure copper blade terminals. Rhodium, being harder than gold and more resistant to wear over time, insures high quality performance for years.
Krell Vector HC cables are available in standard 3ft and 6ft lengths with 15A or 20A rated IEC connectors. Vector HC wall plug options include USA, UK, and EU versions.