Krell Industries introduced a digital upgrade to one of their most advanced and affordable products in history at the 2015 CES. The Digital Vanguard Integrated Amplifier with Class A preamplifier and 200 watt stereo amplifier will now come with a digital module that includes USB, HDMI inputs and output, coax and optical digital inputs; Ethernet music streaming controlled through dedicated iOS and Android apps; and apt-X Bluetooth wireless for convenient streaming from phones, tablets and computers.
The Digital Vanguard is the first Krell integrated amp with the aforementioned features. The Digital Vanguard Integrated Amplifier will come with music streaming services Deezer and Vtuner and in early 2015. A software update will add Pandora and Spotify apps.
“With the digital module installed, all you need to do is add speakers and you have a complete high-end audio system,” Krell President Bill McKiegan said. “If your focus is on digital music files and streaming, the Vanguard with the digital module will give you all the convenience of the mass-market streaming audio products, but with sound quality that’s far beyond what those products can achieve. It’s truly an audio product built for the next decade.”
The Vanguard’s amplifier incorporates a massive power supply with a 750 VA toroidal transformer and 80,000 microfarads of storage capacitance. The tremendous amount of energy on tap allows the Vanguard to deliver 200 watts per channel into 8 ohms, doubling to 400 watts at 4 ohms. This is far more power than most other integrated amplifiers, at any price, can deliver. Two quiet, thermostatically controlled fans permit the use of a surprisingly compact chassis, especially considering how much power the Vanguard produces.
The Vanguard also offers features that make it perfect for custom installation, such as 3.5mm jacks for IR input and 12-volt trigger input and output, as well as optional rack-mount ears. Additionally, the unit can be controlled with home automation systems through its Ethernet connection.
The Digital Vanguard Includes:
– Coaxial and HDMI inputs support PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz. Optical input supports up to 24-bit/96kHz.
– USB and Network streaming support MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV (PCM), FLAC, ALAC up to 192kHz.
– Bluetooth streaming supports A2DP, AVRCP formats
Pricing and Availability
SRP of the Digital Vanguard is $6,000.00 and shipping Q1 2015. The existing Vanguard will continue with a SRP of $4,500.00. Existing Vanguards will be field upgradeable to the Digital Vanguard in Q1 2015 for a price $1,500.00.