Krell Debuts Its First Blu-ray Player: Evolution 555
Unit has MSRP of $15,000 and is due out in late second quarter of 2010.
The Evolution 555 is loaded with processing technology and is particularly suitable for large format projectors.
January 06, 2010 by Jason Knott

Krell Industries, LLC has announced the introduction of the company’s first Blu-ray player, the Evolution 555 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Features include:

12-bit Sigma Design VXP Technology — for processing video algorithms for noise reduction, de-interlacing, scaling, image enhancement and frame rate conversion.

Broad Aspect Ratio Control — Includes a vertical stretch feature for systems employing 2.35:1 Constant Image Height display systems. Vertical stretch eliminates the black bars at the top and bottom of the image without adding distortion, or artifacts.

Profile 2.0 Ready (BD Live) Blu-ray/DVD Player — With 1GB of onboard memory, it also has an SD card slot allows for expanded memory for BD Live and Bonus View movie titles, as well as playback options for photos and music files.

Onboard Ethernet Port — For Internet connectivity, firmware updates, BD Live interactivity and IP control. Additionally, an 802.11b/g/n wireless card can be added to perform the same functions. This network capability also provides access to online streaming and media files resident on a home network.

Dual, assignable, HDMI Outputs — These include the option of full audio and video output to two systems, or dedicate one HDMI for audio, the other for video.

Full HDMI 1.3 Compliance — But upgradable to HDMI 1.4.

ESS Technology 32-bit Sabre Reference DACs — They’re connected to Krell differential Krell Evolution CAST analog circuitry. CAST, which is short for Current Audio Signal Transmission, is a proprietary method of sending audio signals between components. Balanced outputs and single ended outputs are also included for use with conventional preamplifiers.

The suggested retail price for Evolution 555 is $15,000. The unit plans to ship by late Q2 of 2010. 

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