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Krell Cipher SACD/CD Player


Krell announced its new Cipher SACD/CD player combining elegant industrial design with advanced the state of the art SACD/CD reproduction. Housed in a classic Krell machined aluminium cabinet and available in silver or black, the beautiful exterior only hints at the sophisticated disc playback technology within its walls.

Featuring an advanced disc drive and coupled to the latest Krell digital and analogue output circuitry, the Krell Cipher delivers the ultimate performance from today's highest resolution source material. Every performance enhancement is incorporated to retrieve the most accurate signal from SACD and CD music titles. Isolated mechanically from the underlying chassis, the drive mechanism utilizes composite mounts to minimize vibration-induced errors. Special sound-dampening material is strategically placed inside the unit to minimize mechanical resonances even further.

Krell customized disc drive firmware enhances reading accuracy, drive mechanics and operational parameters. As an ultimate final step, the separate SACD and CD laser heads are individually calibrated by hand for the precise output levels required for reference quality SACD and CD playback.

All signals are fed into a custom designed Krell anti-jitter module that reduces jitter to a virtually immeasurable level. From there, signals are fed to a 24-bit/192kHz digital filter and then to a pair of balanced 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analogue converters (DACs). Conventional players use one DAC for both channels and convert the current output of the DACs to voltage, a process that invariably causes signal distortion. Instead, the Cipher uses one DAC per channel and feeds the native balanced current output directly to Krell Current Mode circuitry. The sonic penalties of current-to-voltage conversion are thus gracefully avoided.

By using balanced DACs, the Cipher maintains a dual differential balanced signal from the DACs all the way to the output connections. This lowers distortion and improves signal-to-noise ratio to their maximum levels. Core Krell technologies of discrete, complementary, direct-coupled circuitry are used throughout the surface-mount-based output stage. Evolution CAST and balanced connections are included for optimal stereo playback. Multichannel SACD playback is also supported.

The backbone of all audio components is the power supply, which is often minimised in lesser players. Independent power supplies for the digital and analogue sections maintain signal isolation between these critical circuit areas. The Cipher linear power supply is sourced directly from the designs used in Krell Evolution e-Series amplifiers. This massive design preserves the dynamic contrasts that can get muted in players using switching or digital power supplies.

Price and Availability
The Krell Cipher SACD/CD player is available from June, priced at £12,000 in black or silver.


Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.0, -0.25 dB
Signal to noise ratio “A” weighted 112 dB
THD 20 Hz to 20 kHz, < 0.005% dB
Output Level 2Vrms (single-ended)
4Vrms (balanced)
Power Consumption 61 W
Analog Audio outputs 1 pr. CAST via 4-pin bayonet connectors
1 pr. balanced via XLR connector
6 single-ended via RCA connector
Digital Audio outputs 1 S/PDIF via RCA, 1 EIAJ optical via TosLink
Remote Control 1 Wireless IR Remote
1 Remote IR sensor input via a 3-conductor 3.5 mm connector
Control inputs 1 RS-232 port via a 9-pin D-subminiature connector
1 12 VDC trigger input via 3.5 mm connector
1 Krell CAN Link via an RJ-45 connector
Control outputs 1 12 VDC trigger output via 3.5 mm connectors
1 Krell CAN Link via an RJ-45 connector
Dimensions 17.3 in. W x 6 in. H x 17.3 in. D
43.8 cm W x 15.3 cm H x 43.8 cm D
Weight Shipped: 37 lbs., 16.8 kg
Unit only: 29 lbs., 13.2 kg
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