March 31, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Knoll Systems is delivering the power of green to its amplification products. The company’s Eco-System circuit technology makes for an eco-friendly amplifier, that Knoll has available in its GS12 and GS8 models.
The GS12 is a 12-channel Class A/B amp that delivers 50 watts per channel at 8 ohms and 70 at 4 ohms. Along with the power and sound quality Knoll offers in this unit, the added benefit is the Eco-System circuit that figures out which of the 12 stereo channels are in use and which aren’t.
Power only goes to those channels that are active, with those that are off being truly “off” and not in “standby” or “mute” mode. It also helps leave more reserve power for the channels in use.
Knoll says the Eco-System technology will help save consumers a hundred dollars per year on electricity costs compared with other amps, as well as not having to worry about a high amount of heat being generated by the amplifier. Knoll says the GS12 uses less than 4 watts of power while idling.
Other attributes include gold RCA input jacks with adjustable gain and five-way gold binding post outputs. Retail price from authorized Knoll dealers is $1,238 for the GS12 and $1,178 for the GS8.
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