Krell Industries has introduced the new Phantom III stereo preamplifier. The Phantom III is the first Krell preamplifier to include either an optional digital input module or a headphone input. The digital module features AES/EBU, coaxial and optical digital inputs for use with streaming devices or other digital sources and supports up to 24 bit/192kHz LPCM. All digital signals are fed to an ESS Sabre DAC and then sent to Krell’s Current Mode, discrete, balanced analog circuitry.
Oversized for a preamplifier, the power supply features a 95 VA transformer and 40,000 µF of capacitance, giving it the ability to respond quickly to musical demands. The large power supply improves noise rejection and renders the Phantom III impervious to all but the most severe AC voltage power fluctuations. A new eco-friendly standby mode reduces power consumption to 2 watts.
Phantom III Preamplifier lists for $5,500. With the Digital Module Option, it’s $7,000. All the specs are here.