Krell Cipher SACD/CD player goes on sale for £12,000

Krell Cipher

Won the lottery? Then you may want to take a look at this, Krell's new Cipher SACD/CD player – yours for a cool £12,000.

Housed in a classic Krell machined-aluminium cabinet and available in silver or black, the Cipher is designed to deliver "the ultimate performance from today's highest resolution source material". It supports stereo and multichannel SACD playback.

Krell customised disc drive firmware enhances disc reading accuracy, and the separate SACD and CD laser heads are individually calibrated by hand for the precise output levels required for top-quality playback.

All signals are fed into a custom-designed Krell anti-jitter module, and from there signals are sent to a 24-bit/192kHz digital filter and then to a pair of balanced 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analogue converters (DACs).

Special sound-dampening material is strategically placed inside the unit to minimise mechanical resonances.

The Cipher also uses one DAC per channel, rather than the more usual single DAC for both channels, and independent power supplies for the digital and analogue sections.

You can buy the Krell Cipher SACD/CD player from this month through UK distributor Absolute Sounds.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.