Krell Intros 10-Input HDMI Amplifier/Switcher

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foundation2-sm-0113Krell Industries’ new Foundation receiver is a 7.1-channel processor that features balanced audio outputs, automatic setup and room EQ and 10 HDMI 1.4a inputs. The Foundation passes video signals directly without any video processing, ensuring bit-for-bit accuracy of the signal, up to 1080p/60. However, to simplify cabling, setup and use, there is full transcoding of the two composite and three component analog video inputs to the HDMI outputs.

According to Krell, the Foundation includes a new Krell development — Intelligent HDMI switching. Intelligent HDMI switching is a combination of circuitry and innovative software that optimizes HDMI operation. Various parameters including the monitor’s electronic ID and source video resolution are stored in non-volatile memory. All 10 source inputs are always active so source, channel, video resolution and audio format changes are instantaneous. The Intelligent HDMI design provides the fastest signal recognition possible.

The Foundation will allow owners to take full advantage of the best audio soundtracks available, with decoding of Dolby Digital, Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-ES Discrete, Matrix and DTS-HD Master Audio. In addition, a full suite of post-processing modes are included, including Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS Neo 6. Krell’s proprietary surround modes, Party, General Admission, Front Row and On Stage, offer a different way to listen to favorite tracks.

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.

To allow full integration into a home automation system, the Foundation has Ethernet control, RS232, 4 12v triggers ( 2@0.5A and 2@60mA) and RC-5.

The Foundation will be available in February 2013 and will list for $6,500. It’s not on their website yet, as it’s just launched at CES, but when it is, it’ll be here: