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Schiit Kara

Schiit Kara is a Balanced Passive or Active Pre amp with Headphone Socket

Tubes, schmubes. Who needs tubes when you have an insane, fully discrete, solid state preamp running on 64V rails—something so over the top that the likes of this haven’t been seen for 30+ years. Welcome to Kara, the all-new do-all Nexus™ preamp from Schiit Audio.

Nexus™, Elevated. Literally.

Yes, literally. Schiit's exclusive differential Nexus stage usually runs on +/-17V or so. Great stuff. But Kara’s +/-32V rails are insanely over the top, giving it the capability of swinging near 100V on the differential output, and contributing to the best-performing, best-measuring preamp they have ever made—near -120dB THD+N from balanced.

Smart Headphone Capability, Standard. 

A headphone jack? On a Schiit preamp? Yes. Because you shouldn’t have to buy a dedicated headphone amp if you only use headphones occasionally. But that also doesn’t mean a cheapie op-amp headphone amp; it means the same discrete gain stage used for Kara’s outputs, coupled with a smart protection system that guards against headphone mishaps.

Still the Best Volume Control

Kara, like Freya+, includes a 128-step relay-switched attenuator, rather than a traditional potentiometer. This means essentially perfect channel matching and near-unmeasurable distortion. You also have the opportunity to run the relay potentiometer purely as a passive attenuator, with no gain stage at all in the path. It’s your choice. 

Standard Remote Control 

Did they forget something? Not at all. Kara comes with a standard remote control that gives you the convenience you want for all of its functionality. What’s more, the volume control syncs with the remote, so there’s no confusion as to what volume you’re at, and no endlessly spinning encoders. Yes, Remote Control Included

When you’re talking about gear that doesn’t sit on your desktop (like Schiit's headphone amps), you need the convenience of remote control for volume, input switching, output switching, and muting. Kara includes a custom remote control, standard.

Perfect Companion to Our DACs

Want a remote-controlled system to interface your digital gear with the rest of your system? Stack Kara and Gungnir Multibit or Freya + and Yggdrasil+ (or any other product) for a true no-compromise remote-controlled system.

Designed and Assembled In USA

By “designed and assembled in USA" this is what this mean: the vast majority of the total production of Kara—chassis, boards, transformers, assembly, etc—come from US companies manufacturing in the US. The chassis are made minutes from Schiit's facility. The PCBs are done just over the hill, or done in North California

5-Year Warranty

Kara is covered by a 5-year limited warranty that covers parts and labour. 

Balanced to Balanced

Gain: 1 (0dB)

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 3Hz-500KHz, -3dB

THD: <0.0002%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 4V RMS 

IMD: <0.0002%, CCIR 

SNR: >129db, A-weighted, referenced to 4V RMS 

Gain: 4 (12dB)

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 3Hz-300KHz, -3dB 

THD: <0.0004%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 4V RMS 

IMD: <0.0004%, CCIR 

SNR: >123db, A-weighted, referenced to 4V RMS 

Balanced to SE, x1 Gain

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 3Hz-500KHz, -3dB

THD: <0.0003%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 2V RMS 

IMD: <0.0003%, CCIR 

SNR: >123db, A-weighted, referenced to 2V RMS 

SE to Balanced, X1 Gain

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 3Hz-500KHz, -3dB

THD: <0.0015%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 4V RMS 

IMD: <0.0022%, CCIR 

SNR: >122db, A-weighted, referenced to 4V RMS

Headphone, X1 Gain

Maximum Power, 32 ohms: 1W RMS per channel
Maximum Power, 300 ohms: 1W RMS per channel (yes same as 32 ohms)
SNR: >123db, unweighted, referenced to 2V RMS
Crosstalk: >-90dB
Output Impedance: 0.25 ohms


All specifications limited by APx555 analyzer capability

Topology: Nexus™; current feedback with nested differential stages; discrete summed single-ended outputs with high-current headphone capability; intelligent headphone oversight and protection

Input Impedance: 10K ohms

Output Impedance: 75 ohms SE, 600 ohms balanced

Crosstalk: >110dB typical all modes

Inputs: 2 XLR pairs plus 3 RCA pairs, selectable via front switch or remote

Outputs: 1 XLR pair plus 2 RCA pairs, selectable via front switch or remote 

Volume Control: relay-switched stepped attenuator with discrete thin-film resistors, 128 0.625dB steps

Power Supply: One 48VA transformer with dual series regulated +/-32V rails with Quietude™ topology; plus regulated 5VDC for microprocessor 

Power Consumption: 22W typical

Size: 40.64 x 20.32 x 5.08 cm

Weight: 5 Kg

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