Richard Austin of the online audio site Dagogo reviewed the original Kingko KA101:
“Having Auditioned dozens and dozens of amplifiers in the $1,000 – $2,000 price range over the last 25 years, I find it difficult to point to a single one that betters the KingKo KA101 sonically. Further, most of those amplifiers don’t give you a top shelf headphone output on top.”
This little integrated amplifier is truly a giant killer as the review states, now only better with upgraded output transformers, circuitry refinements and other features.
Many folks purchase this integrated amplifier just as a headphone amp, it’s that good. If you have the right pair of speakers, the 12W per channel output will be more than sufficient offering remarkable sound quality for the price.
Coupled with the Klipsch Reference line of speakers and/or Sennheiser HD600 headphones, both of which we carry, everyone can have the heart of a true audiophile stereo system for under $2000. Add one of ifi Audio’s incredible and cost effective DACs or a Rega turntable and Bob’s your uncle.
The new Pro model has the following refinements:
1) Circuit redesign and improved power transformer for lower noise and higher fidelity.
2) On/Off switch for the VU meter lighting.
3) Improved headphone output further reducing noise levels and increasing fidelity.
We are offering the KA101 Pro at the introductory price of $1149. A new rave review is on the horizon which will result in a price increase in the not so distant future.
*Extra large VU meters with elegant ambiance.
*VU meter lamp on/off switch.
*Premium capacitors deployed throughout.
*Audiophile aluminum footers (ready for tripod modification).
*Special winding technology for the output transformers. The frequency response is wide & powerful.
*Headphone output is powered via an individual winding group on each output transformer.
*Three level selectable headphone output impedance.
*Three selectable line level inputs.
*Input allowing use of an external line stage or preamplifier, utilizing the KA101 Pro as a stereo amplifier only.
Power output: 2 x 12W
Tubes: EL84 x 4, 5AR4 x 1, 12AU7 x 2, 12AX7 x 1
Input: CD, AUX1, AUX2, PRE-IN
Dimensions: (W)8″ x (D)9″ x (H)8″
Weight: 24 lbs