Hi. I auditioned both the Krell integrated and the Classe CAP-151 integrated at home. I was disappointed with the Krell: sound and soundstage TOO FORWARD (in your face),volume level TOO TIGHT (even minor adjustments in volume too, too loud), and a disappointing upper end. I will say this about the Krell: really good upper and lower bass response. The Krell is great if you listen to rock. Forget it if you like classical or jazz. The Krell is not bad, it's just disappointing - and too expensive for what you're getting. Now, the Classe CAP-151: Good bass (not as good as the Krell, but still very good). VERY musical midrange: not perfect but...well, musical! Sweet upper range. Good for classical and jazz, but should be ok for rock (remember: 150 watts/channel will definitely pump out volume and bass). Best news: the Classe is built like a tank - heavy, solid, well constructed. And because it's made in Canada, you're getting more bang for the buck due to the very favorable exchange rate. It's $600 or $700 cheaper than the Krell. The Classe is designed so you can shut off the built in pre-amp section (with a push button) and connect a separate pre-amp if you decide to upgrade your system later.