Evolution 900e

Mono Amplifier

The Evolution 900e is the most powerful member of the Evolution Series. At a staggering 3,600 watts into a 2 Ohm load, the Evolution 900e is a virtually limitless source of power for any speaker. This power capability is coupled to a new green operating mode that reduces standby electrical draw to a mere 2 Watts. While power is essential for lifelike volume levels and realistic dynamics, the true benefit of this engine is its ability to dominate a speaker and extract the ultimate performance from any speaker design. Dedicating one amplifier per speaker is the recognized best path to ultimate performance. As such, the Evolution 900e is a monaural design requiring two for stereo reproduction or left and right power amplifiers in a home theater system.

 

The Evolution 900e is equipped with two 3,000 VA transformers and 108,000 μF. This power source is the backbone for the output of the Evolution 900e. With this foundation, the Evolution 900e delivers 900 watts into 8 Ohms, 1,800 watts into 4 Ohms, and 3,600 watts into 2 Ohms. The FTC mandates that power ratings are quoted using a 1,000 Hz sine wave into a fixed 8 Ohm resistor with final power specification stated at 1% distortion. Krell engineering considers this specification too lenient and not indicative of what an amplifier is required to provide. Krell designs to a much stricter standard. Our power tests use a 20-20,000Hz signal into 8, 4, and 2 Ohm loads with our final specifications stated for .1% distortion.

 

Internal high-current line conditioning circuitry effectively blocks RF noise entering via the AC line and compensates for any asymmetry or DC offset in the power waveforms. The amplifiers' low level and gain stages are powered via multi regulated rails that provide total immunity from supply fluctuations and assure noise-free circuit operation. Primary rail voltages are quasi-regulated, enabling an "on-demand" supply of power that is highly responsive to dynamic load.

                                                  

Krell's new Active Cascode Topology™ is a significant departure from traditional amplifier circuits where the positive and negative rail voltages are each applied entirely across a single row of transistors. High voltage swing and gain requirements dictate that the transistors be "pushed" into non-linear operating regions and, in some cases, dangerously close to breakdown. Krell topology divides the full voltage swing across multiple rows of transistors, and all devices are active-biased (i.e., they all carry the audio signal). Because individual transistors in the cascode array "see" only a proportional fraction of the rail voltage, they operate in a region that provides optimum linearity, gain, and safety. And because the devices are not being pushed to their limits, the amplifier runs cooler and more reliably. The improved linearity and stability greatly reduces the need for negative feedback, which is known to cause sonic degradation. Krell Evolution power Amplifiers use only 14 dB of feedback throughout the topology-a small fraction of the amount implemented in typical designs.

 

Krell Active Cascode Topology offers several performance advantages. It breaks through bandwidth limitations of conventional designs and delivers very high current. The power bandwidth of an Evolution 900e is 120 kHz; far greater than the bandwidth of a typical high performance amplifier. The result is near perfect performance in the audible range with no phase anomalies typical of lower bandwidth designs. Because the "work" is spread across multiple devices, the amplifier is more load tolerant. Open-loop output impedance is extremely low-about one hundred times lower than with most power amplifiers-ensuring exceptional speaker control. All of these performance gains are achieved while maintaining a high rail voltage, which provides a beneficial "flywheel" effect-a de facto regulation that enables the amplifier to better deal with sudden changes in power requirement, such as those caused by large signal transients.

 

Evolution amplifiers feature Krell CAST technology. CAST is a unique circuit and connection breakthrough that eliminates distortions inherent in voltage based amplification. A complete Evolution (source, preamplifier, and amplifier) system, connected with CAST interconnects reduces the number of voltage gain stages to the minimum, one. The resulting noise floor is approaching the theoretical limit of technology. Emanating from a completely black background, music explodes from absolute silence moving the listener closer to the goal of recreating the live musical event in the listening room.

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Evolution 600e

Mono Amplifier

The Evolution 600e monaural amplifier sits in the middle of the Evolution e Series. Powerful enough for almost any application, the Evolution 600e is the amplifier choice in many stereo and home theater systems worldwide. This power capability is coupled to a new green operating mode that reduces standby electrical draw to a mere 2 Watts. As with all Evolution amplifiers, the Evolution 600e development began with a question, "What is the most difficult scenario this amplifier will face?" The answer is a 2 Ohm speaker load. When the final design is complete, and the amplifier is presented with a typical 8 Ohm speaker, it practically coasts. This amplifier simply sings with this stress-free load connected. Outputting a daunting 600 watts of power and coupled to Krell Evolution e Series circuit technology, the Evolution 600e is a velvet hammer.

 

The Evolution 600e is equipped 2 2,200 VA transformers and 108,000 μF. This power source is the backbone for the output of the Evolution 600e. With this foundation, the Evolution 600e delivers 600 watts into 8 Ohms, 1,200 watts into 4 Ohms, and 2,400 watts into 2 Ohms. The FTC mandates that power ratings are quoted using a 1,000 Hz sine wave into a fixed 8 Ohm resistor with final power specification stated at 1% distortion. Krell engineering considers this specification too lenient and not indicative of what an amplifier is required to provide. Krell designs to a much stricter standard. Our power tests use a 20-20,000Hz signal into 8, 4, and 2 Ohm loads with our final specifications stated for .1% distortion.

Evolution 400e

Mono Amplifier

The Evolution 400e amplifier is the smallest monaural amplifier in the Evolution Series. With a robust 400 watt output into 8 Ohms, this baby brother delivers plenty of punch. Potent enough for almost any application, the Evolution 400e shares the same sophisticated circuit topologies as its larger siblings but packs it into a smaller chassis. The Evolution 400e is perfect for when high performance is critical but space is at a premium.

 

The Evolution 400e is equipped with a massive with a 4,000 VA transformer. This power source is the backbone for the output of the Evolution 400e. With this foundation, the Evolution 400e delivers 400 watts into 8 Ohms, 800 watts into 4 Ohms, and 1,600 watts into 2 Ohms. The FTC mandates that power ratings are quoted using a 1000 Hz sine wave into a fixed 8 Ohm resistor with final power specification stated at 1% distortion. Krell engineering considers this specification too lenient and not indicative of what an amplifier is required to provide. Krell designs to a much stricter standard. Our power tests use a 20-20,000Hz signal into 8, 4, and 2 Ohm loads with our final specifications stated for .1% distortion. Internal high-current line conditioning circuitry effectively blocks RF noise entering via the AC line and compensates for any asymmetry or DC offset in the power waveforms. The amplifiers' low level and gain stages are powered via multi regulated rails that provide total immunity from supply fluctuations and assure noise-free circuit operation. Primary rail voltages are quasi-regulated, enabling an "on-demand" supply of power that is highly responsive to dynamic load.

"After evaluating a number of other well respected amplifiers, it became immediately apparent that the Krell Evolution 400e amplifier was our clear winner."

Darcy Proper - Wisseloord Studios

Wisseloord Studios chooses Krell Amplification for Flagship Studio

 

After a six month evaluation period that included extensive listening trials of the industry's leading amplifiers, Wisseloord Studios selected five Krell Evolution 400e monaural amplifiers for their new cutting-edge mastering studio. "We are very proud that Wisseloord Studios selected our amplifiers for their reference system. To be recognized by an organization as well respected for sound quality as Wisseloord is an honor and testament to our engineering." said Bill McKiegan, Krell President. McKiegan continued, "Our core amplifier design philosophy focuses on being faithful to the source material and powering speakers to their maximum potential. Being part of the creative side validates our 30 plus year company mission statement. "

 

"After evaluating a number of other well respected amplifiers, it became immediately apparent that the Krell Evolution 400e amplifier was our clear winner." said Darcy Proper, two time Grammy award winning mastering engineer and Wisseloord co-owner. Proper continues, "The moment we hooked up the Krells, everything just fell into place - musical detail, imaging, dynamic contrast, frequency response - it was all there. My amplifier/loudspeaker system is the most critical tool in my work. If I can't trust what I hear coming out of my loudspeakers, then I can't do justice to an artist's vision of his or her music. Quite simply, Krell amplification gives our mastering room the accuracy, musicality, and power I need to make music sound its best.