If you are interested in the 9100 why not step up to the 9200 which is higher quality. Sonically it is smooth with nice shimmer on top and powerful. Maybe just a little bit lean.
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I've also owned the Krell 300i and used with Meadowlark Kestrels it was the most unmusical piece of electronics I've owned. Sdstarnes description is what I heard as well.
It was replaced with a pair of Bryston 7B SST amps and the music returned. I used the Krell as a preamp into the Bryston amps in the beginning.
Though I've not heard it, I would consider the Harman Kardon integrated amp that was reviewed in Stereophile (http://www.stereophile.com/content/harman-kardon-hk-990-integrated-amplifier. It's the only product (besides AV pre/pros) I know of that provides the necessary features to integrate a subwoofer and does room mode correction.