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Schiit Kraken - 5 Channel Surround Amp

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Interesting seeing single-ended connections.. guess they want to use the same form factor as Aegir. 30w for 5 channel??

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Power Output:


2 channels, 8 Ohms: 30W RMS per channel

2 channels, 4 Ohms: 50W RMS per channel

5 channels, 8 ohms: 20W RMS per channel

5 channels, 4 ohms: 30W RMS per channel



Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, +/-0.03db, 3Hz-250KHz, +/-3dB



THD: <0.008%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 100W RMS into 8 ohms

IMD: <0.009%, CCIR, at 100W RMS into 8 ohms



SNR: >118dB, A-weighted, referenced to full output



Damping Factor: >100 into 8 ohms, 20-20kHz



Gain: 10 (20dB)



Input Sensitivity: AKA Rated Output (Vrms)/Rated Gain. Or, 14.3V/10. You do the math.



Input Impedance: 22k ohms SE



Crosstalk: >85dB, 20-20kHz



Inputs: RCA jacks x 5



12V trigger: yes



Topology: current feedback, fully complementary, all 2SC/2SA BJT, no capacitors in the signal path



Oversight: microprocessor-controlled monitoring and management of critical operational points, with with relay shut-down for overcurrent, thermal, and other faults



Power Supply: 600VA toroidal transformer with 66,000uF filter capacitance, plus boosted, regulated supply to input, voltage gain and driver stages, plus separate, isolated and regulated rails for microprocessor management



Power Consumption: 300W maximum



Size: 9” x 13” x 3.875”



Weight: 22 lbs
 
This amp is literally intended only for people who use the Schiit Syn, many of whom leave their wallets open for Jason Stoddard. Nothing particularly interesting about it.
 
I'd consider that, but 20 W RMS seems like a lot. Maybe 20 W peak and I'd be more interested. I don't want to get into trouble. I do fear my system is lacking in delicacy as is.

Per Schiit:
Kraken delivers 100W total into 8 ohms, all channels driven. Doesn’t sound like a lot? Well, consider that Kraken can also deliver peaks of 20 amps per channel, to control the most intense loads. 100W from Kraken is more than enough for lease-breaking home theater levels, while also delivering the ultimate detail and delicacy for high-end stereo.
 
I guess you could get two for Atmos if you had efficient speakers..

Has anyone here every used a Syn from them?
 
SINAD 84 good but very low power for 1000 usd...

For 1275 usd I would get the Buckeye 6 channel NC252MP based amp with 250 watts @ 4 ohms.
 
SINAD 84 good but very low power for 1000 usd...

For 1275 usd I would get the Buckeye 6 channel NC252MP based amp with 250 watts @ 4 ohms.

If you have sensitive speakers and/or you're fine with average listening levels in the low/mid 80dB range (i.e. pretty loud) with fairly average sensitivity speakers, then 20-30W/channel is plenty. I'm happy with 12W/channel into 86dB spec'd speakers.

It's also worth pointing out that the THD+N of the Kraken is similar to or maybe a little better than the Buckeye at lower power levels. Headline power and THD+N specs aren't the only considerations.

If I was thinking about going back to multi-channel, I would want to try this with a Syn preamp.
 
If you have sensitive speakers and/or you're fine with average listening levels in the low/mid 80dB range (i.e. pretty loud) with fairly average sensitivity speakers, then 20-30W/channel is plenty. I'm happy with 12W/channel into 86dB spec'd speakers.

It's also worth pointing out that the THD+N of the Kraken is similar to or maybe a little better than the Buckeye at lower power levels. Headline power and THD+N specs aren't the only considerations.

If I was thinking about going back to multi-channel, I would want to try this with a Syn preamp.
Agreed on the power, but I'm not convinced on the Syn, since it's not actually 5.1 surround. It's basically like the old Dolby Pro Logic where it takes a stereo source and creates synthetic surround except in the analogue realm.
 
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