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Foundation, is the latest in a long line of state-of-the-art A/V processors from Krell. Featuring the latest digital connectivity, the Foundation also maintains Krell's exacting standards for analog audio reproduction.

From decoding the latest lossless audio formats, extensive digital switching, 3DTV pass-through, and more, the Foundation is fully compliant with the digital age. Yet the 7.1-channel processor also features balanced audio outputs, automatic setup and room EQ, and Krell's legendary robust hardware. A slim new form factor exudes the Krell aesthetic, while allowing placement in smaller equipment racks.

In addition to 10 HDMI 1.4a inputs, the Foundation has 2 HDMI outputs, both of which feature Audio Return Channel. With ARC, a display device is able to send audio back down the HDMI cable to the processor. This is beneficial for those with televisions with built-in web streaming capability like Netflix or Pandora, so the streaming audio can use the full home theater system instead of just the TV's speakers.

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 2 composite and 3 component analog video inputs to the HDMI outputs.

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.

Krell designed the Foundation with flexibility and ease-of-use in mind, with extensive routing capability of the audio inputs to the various outputs. During setup, the specific paths will be chosen based on how the user intends to use each source, displays, and audio output channels.

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, RS-232, 4 12v triggers (2@0.5A and 2@60mA), and RC-5.

The Foundation will be available at Krell authorized dealers in February 2013.

SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO
"A" Weighted 106 dB

TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION (THD) Unweighted 20 Hz-20 kHz, +0, - 0.003 dB

INPUTS
ANALOG AUDIO
(1) Pair Balanced via XLR connectors
(4) Pairs Single-ended via RCA connectors
DIGITAL AUDIO
(10) HDMI via HDMI connectors (9 on rear, 1 on front)
(3) EIAJ optical via Toslink connectors
(3) Coaxial via RCA connectors
DIGITAL VIDEO
(10) HDMI via HDMI connectors (9 on rear, 1 on front)
ANALOG VIDEO
(3) Component Video via RCA connectors
(2) Composite Video via RCA connectors

OUTPUTS
ANALOG AUDIO
(9) Balanced via XLR Connectors
R, L, C, SR, SL, SBR, SBL, S1, S2
(9) Single-ended via RCA Connectors
R, L, C, SR, SL, SBR, SBL, S1, S2
(1) Zone 2 Output
(2) Single-ended via RCA connectors
DIGITAL AUDIO
(1) EIAJ optical via TosLink connector
(1) Coaxial via RCA connector
DIGITAL VIDEO
(2) HDMI via HDMI connector
Both Include Audio Return Channel

CONTROL/UPDATE
(1) IR Receiver for Remote Control
(1) RS-232 via DB9 Female Connector Straight Wired
(1) RC-5 via 1/8" stereo "trs" Receptacle
(1) Ethernet via RJ-45 Connector
(1) Mini USB used for firmware updates
(1) 12vdc Remote Trigger Input via 1/8" Mono receptacle
(1) 12vdc Remote Trigger Outputs via 1/8 Mono receptacles

DIGITAL DECODING MODES
Dolby True HD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital EX
Dolby Pro Logic IIX
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 5.1
DTS ES Discrete 6.1
DTS ES Matrix 6.1
DTS Neo:6
PCM 5.1
PCM 7.1

SURROUND ENHANCEMENT MODES
General Admission
Front Row
On Stage
Enhanced Stereo
Orchestra
Mezzanine
Full Range + Sub
Monophonic
Party

RS-232 DB9 Pin Out
1. Data Carrier Detect
2. Received Data
3. Transmitted Data
4. Data Terminal Ready
5. Signal Ground
6. Data Set Ready
7. Request To Send
8. Clear To Send
9. Ring Indicator

RC-5 pin out
Tip = RC-5 data, Ring = +5 V, Sleeve = GND

XLR Pin Out
Pin 1 (ground) Pin 2 (non-inverting "Hot") Pin 3 (Inverting)

Maximum Input
Balanced 6.3 Vrms
Single Ended 3.15 Vrms

Maximum Output
Balanced 16.7 Vrms
Single Ended 8.35 Vrms

Audio Input Impedance
Balanced 58K Ω
Single Ended 58K Ω

Audio Output Impedance
Balanced 100 Ω
Single Ended 100 Ω

Power Consumption
Stand-by 2w
Operation 59w

DIMENSIONS
Inches (L) 16.83 x (W) 17.06 x (H) 3.47
Centimeters (L) 42.76 x (W) 43.33 x (H) 88.1

WEIGHT
18lbs Unit only
8.16kg Unit only
24lbs Shipping Weight
10.89kg Shipping weight

 

Home Cinema Choice
Sept 29, 2013 - Richard Stevenson

"Two weeks, 15 movies and copious pages of notes later I cannot find a single sonic or operational foible with Krell's 'entry-level' separate" .. more


CES 2013: Stars of CES 2013 - the winners revealed!
Jan 11, 2013 - Simon Lucas

A product that promises the high-definition, 7.1-channel audio prowess to match its looks. If it's state-of-the-art surround-sound processing you want .. more

Home Theater Review
Jerry Del Colliano, August 26, 2013

There should be no question as to why the Foundation AV preamp is one of the hottest, hardest-to-get products in specialty audio-video right now. If you can get your hands on one, do it. You won't be disappointed.. more

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