NewsHi-Fi
December 29, 2017

Keces Audio

All in Excellence

by Dick Tan

Keces S3
The S3 Headphone amp, preamp and DAC all rolled into one

Keces Audio seems set to make a mark in the high performance audio market with its comprehensive range of compact audio components that comprises no less than seven products.  There are  three Balanced Isolation Power Conditions and  two Low Noise Power Supply Systems.  There’s also a Headphone/DAC/preamplifier and a two channel power amplifier.

 

Maxx Audio Visual  situated all the way out in Seremban and in its recent fast track to growth is the Malaysian distributor for Keces Audio.

 

One of their two latest product, the Keces Audio S3 DAC/Headphone  Amp and preamplifier, at 300 x 220 x 66mm, is compact as far as preamplifier goes but is fairly large for a headphone amp/DAC. Weighing 4kg it is nevertheless  a fair size compromise between portability and high- end  ‘stay-in-the-shelf’ type component.  Retailing at RM4,899 the S3 features a set of unbalanced as well as balanced analogue input and output. Digital inputs options are a coaxial and optical as well as a USB  socket.  Headphone connectors  include both  balanced as well as unbalanced options and are located at the front panel. In a nutshell, Keces Audio has designed the S3 to excel in all three functions of headphone amplification, digital to analogue single conversion and pre-amplification to power  amp stage.

 

A compact high performance 2 channel power amplifier that can be configured for monophonic operation
A compact high performance 2 channel power amplifier that can be configured for monophonic operation

Rear of Keces Audio S125.  Note the balanced XLR type input connector
Rear of Keces Audio S125.  Note the balanced XLR type input connector

For those who wish to  take the S3 to a higher level of performance Keces Audio has included in its inventory the two channel SI25 power amplifier. Retailing for RM4,200 the SI25 is rated as a Class  A/AB design capable of churning out in excess of 123 watts per channel into a nominal 8 ohms impedance load.  It can, if so desired, be bridged to operate as a monoblock with a power output in excess of 360 watts into 8 ohms.  In this mode two SI25 would be required to operate in a stereo mode.

 

The S125 measures 300 x 220 x 133mm, is large, as far as a headphone amp/DAC goes but compact for a power amplifier.

 

Audiophile features include balanced XLR connectors, gold plated input sockets  and  speaker terminals and a solidly machined aluminium chassis designed to keep enclosure induced EMI/RFI  interference to the minimum.

 

For further details contact:

Maxx  Audio Visual Sdn Bhd

Tel: 06 6014070

Maxx Loh: 017 6778820