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It played my inefficient ET LFT-8a speakers at louder levels than I could comfortably tolerate, with no sign of strain or loss of composure. It is generally held that separate preamps and power amps especially those with separate power supplies offer performance advantages over their integrated single-chassis counterparts.

If you have a system that tends toward brightness, this unit may not be your cup of tea. Here we have a handsome high-power amplifier that offers a full array of control facilities, including infrared remote control.

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This detracted a little from the overall transparency and the harmonic integrity of the presentation. It boasts solid construction and sedate contemporary styling. In addition to the 5-way binding posts for the speakers, there is a pair of tape output jacks and a set of single-ended preamp outputs. That said, it is my opinion that although the precision of focus offered by the Krell was commendable, there are amplifiers out there that are even more precise in their image specificity.

The main area that stood out for me was a slight treble emphasis, which appeared to foreshorten the sense of soundstage depth and to accentuate very slightly, the upper registers of brass instruments and the human voice.


Fortunately, this slight treble emphasis was not accompanied by any hardness or edge, which made it much more palatable and forgivable. As I observed, the KAVi does exhibit personality traits that will make it a more synergistic match for some systems than 500j others. For protection, there is a line fuse as well as left and right speaker fuses.

Ascending the frequency spectrum, the KAVi seems competent kreell, displaying smooth detailed sound with no gross deviations, though it does have a “personality” all its own.

The amplifier that puts out Watts per channel into 8 Ohms and Wpc into 4 Ohms. While this worked to enhance detail and lyric comprehension, it skewed the timbre slightly.

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This was evident on both electric and acoustic bass and on all manner of drums. Moreover, the individual instruments and performers were rendered cleanly and distinctly. First off, let me say that this is a very powerful amplifier. Nevertheless, they sounded great–right up to the point where they began to buzz. This will assure copious dynamic headroom for compressionless reproduction of any type of source material in most installations.

The massed vocal fortissimo was brighter and less dimensional than it could have been.

But an increasing number of high-end companies are offering integrated stereo amplifiers, though not many of them can boast the high-power output available in the Krell KAVi. Essentially, this provides a bypass loop, to work in conjunction with a surround sound processor.

An IEC connector is located on 500j rear panel for use with detachable power cords.

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Though the Krell offers very impressive bass performance, at times I thought that the lower midrange was mildly reticent. The preamp outputs are convenient in that they can be used to control the level of powered subwoofers, or to run a second stereo power amp for bi-amplified speaker systems. Kqv it is always best to arrange for a home audition with this or any prospective new equipment whenever kreol.

Looking at my own stereo system, a bi-amped system, with separate amps, line-stage preamp, phono preamp, separate DAC and transport, a few power supplies, power-line filters and a ridiculous maze of cabling to hook it all together, I can appreciate the single-box approach.

Add to this the convenience of remote control and you end up with kreell very attractive product. However rather than spilling the beans here and now, I prefer to leave a trail for “those-who-dare,” to follow Keep in mind however that this trait can be either exacerbated or eliminated by choices in your ancillary gear and wiring. So I guess the question is: Proprietary Krell output and driver transistors are supported by a 2-kVA-power supply, with a toroidal transformer.

These kinds of levels did cause the Krell to emit quite a bit of heat from the top of its vented cover, so please allow for adequate ventilation when installing this unit in your system. It combines a high-quality full-function preamp with a good-sounding brute of an amplifier, on a single chassis.