Alchemist Kraken mkII
Outlining the Kraken mkII range of products.
The Kraken range has now established itself as a unique approach to amplifier design.
Launched in 1992, the original Kraken Integrated threw down the gauntlet to the Hi-Fi establishment: here was an affordable Class A amplifier that took no prisoners in the fashion stakes.
Our aim was to provide an amp that would perform at least as well as the best in its class (easy, as it was the only one in its class), while presenting people with an easy problem: do you love or hate its looks?
Since those heady days our cavalier approach has been vindicated. Krakens have done consistently well in reviews, and won many awards. Furthermore, it appears that many people around the world do love their idiosyncratic demeanour.
Given that the Krakens represent such a strong place in the Alchemist portfolio, we have not done what is expected of lesser audio manufacturers. Rather than replace them with a new range, we've given them a make over and in a nod to the traditionalists, we've decided to designate the new range mkII.
The PCB layouts have been significantly upgraded, utilising new components and topology,
resulting in even better performance.
The Integrated now has a pre out facility (add a Kraken power for an easy upgrade path).
New heat sink profile which gives optimum heat dissipation characteristics for this Class A product.
Both Integrated and Pre now have six line inputs, instead of five (MM Phono is still an option).
The front panels have been de-cluttered, and has now been upgraded from 1.6mm stainless steel to 3.00mm aluminium.
LEDs are now a fashionable blue.
Kraken APD39A, Kraken APD6A mkII, Kraken APD7A mkII, Kraken APD8A mkII, TS-D-1
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