Any love for newer Krell amps?


I recently bought a Krell Duo 175 xd power amp, after debating between it and a less expensive Coda power amp.  I was not able to hear either amp so I based my decision on the recommendation of a dealer who sells both.  I’m liking the Krell very much. I’ve seen a lot on this forum about Coda amps but almost nothing about Krell.  Any Krell owners, enthusiasts or even detractors out there?
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i think under walter s they are on a comeback with the current models great sounding. be happy. it’s good stuff. 
I heard them at a 'Vegas T.H.E. show (around 2014) and liked them VERY much. Excellent solid-state amps.
Well, with the newer models, the expensive heat sinks of some of the more recent previous models have been replaced with fans, many don’t double down into 4 Ohms, and none are rated into 2 Ohms anymore.
That's resistance. What I want to know is what do they weigh?
So what were the differences between the CODA (#8?) and the Krell 175xd that made you choose the Krell. I gather for the KEF Reference 5?
Each? I personally would never want to go less than 50 lbs per channel.
The Krell weighs 60 pounds total. 
Honestly, I was not able to hear either the Krell or Coda. Both were highly recommended by the same dealer (Dave Lalin) but he had a higher recommendation for the Krell despite the higher price.  He arranged for the CEO of Krell to call me and discuss the amps features which was very helpful.  I also spoke to the top guy at Coda who was equally helpful. Both seem to be good companies.  In the end, I relied on the recommendation of a dealer who knows my system, has a good ear and sells both products.  So far, I’m happy.  And I wouldn’t go along with some arbitrary weight requirement.  The Krell does have fans which presumably replace some heavy heat sinks. The fans are virtually noise free.  
In the end, I relied on the recommendation of a dealer who knows my system, has a good ear and sells both products.
No disagreement on your choice, with a statement that really lends weight to your decision.+28 kilos.A phone call from the CEO - priceless.
Honestly, I was not able to hear either the Krell or Coda. Both were highly recommended by the same dealer (Dave Lalin) but he had a higher recommendation for the Krell despite the higher price. He arranged for the CEO of Krell to call me and discuss the amps features which was very helpful. I also spoke to the top guy at Coda who was equally helpful. Both seem to be good companies. In the end, I relied on the recommendation of a dealer who knows my system, has a good ear and sells both products. So far, I’m happy. And I wouldn’t go along with some arbitrary weight requirement.
Right. Of course not. That would be silly.

To go along with the recommendation of a dealer, and a manufacturer, sight unheard, that’s eminently sensible due diligence.

And yet, the line I will always savor is:
Both were highly recommended by the same dealer (Dave Lalin) but he had a higher recommendation for the Krell despite the higher price.
The dealer had a higher recommendation DESPITE the higher price. Wow. Whatever you do, stick with Dave. He really knows his customers!

millercarbon-I really appreciate your sarcasm. You obviously are a very nice person (couldn’t resist emulating your sarcastic example).  
i have the Krell Duo300 XD and it was a nice improvement over a Parasound A21+, which was equal to a prima luna HP, which was much nicer than a 200wpc McIntosh integrated amp. The Krell does use fans instead of having the large heat sinks. They power up when the amp has a high load and turn off as soon at the load drops back down
The Krell amps all come down to speaker matching.  I heard Krell power Sonus Fabers and I was floored by the sound.  All Krell system.  The older KSA-50s were excellent amps.  In a recent interview, Dan (no longer with Krell) mentions about them and how is now builds amps for musicality versus specs.

Own a Krell Theater 7 and Foundation 4K.  Took the plunge and upgraded the amp to the XD version last year.  I experienced a major failure with an SMT resistor that was installed as part of the XD upgrade.  Krell management and customer service could not have been more apologetic or helpfull.  Made it right for me.  Krell customer for life!  

Amp and processor paired with Sonos Farber speakers in a 5:1 system.
millercarbon-I really appreciate your sarcasm. You obviously are a very nice person (couldn’t resist emulating your sarcastic example).
Appreciate your projection. (See now that is sarcasm) But its called wit.
On which pjr801 has me beat all to hell:
A phone call from the CEO - priceless.
Brevity is the soul of wit.


I never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.  
Miller,
Carbon posts are lighter than most other equally sized posts.
 
 Now get back to your Boots Randolph.

Would a Krell amp work with a Modwright tube preamp and Dynaudio Special 40s?
Here is my 2 cents - I have used Krell integrated amps for over 15 years. My oldest Krell KAV 400 xi just died. 

I replaced it with the new Krell integrated - K 300i two months ago. It uses the XD amp design and puts out 150 watts per channel into 8 ohms and 300 watts per channel into 4 ohms. It pushes my Maggie 1.7is very well. No fans are used to cool the integrated amp. I have a bigger sound stage and way more detail especially in vocals. My second system uses the Krell Integrated - S550i. This design precedes the XD design. The new Krell sounds better in my main system. 

Krell’s new XD amp design is an advancement -IMO - in quality sound. Per Krell the amp runs longer in Class A power before is goes to Class AB - and i can hear the difference.

To Krell’s credit - they tried to repair my 15 year old KAV 400 xi. I ran up an $800 bill on these repairs and the Amp was still ‘not stable’. They gave me a credit so I could apply it to their new integrated amp. I bought the new Integrated Amp and I cannot be happier.

you have to put a value on a manufacturer that stands behind their equipment and works hard to keep their customers happy.

Happy listening
There is always an adjustment when your founder and designer leaves. Look at Levinson. Krell will never die. Todays gear is excellent. Danny boy is gone. Move on folks. 
Any love for newer Krell amps?

Since Dan D’Agostino left in 2009 not much, slow decay I feel. next (horror) they may start using Mosfets!!

Cheers George
Would a Krell amp work with a Modwright tube preamp and Dynaudio Special 40s?
Dynaudio loves power. Powerfull amps just makes sing dynaudio:)
Driving contour s1.4le with krell kav500i (similar to your special40s) very good combination
The XD generation Krell is a significant improvement in musicality, I've heard enough of their latest kit at shows to say nice job Walter and the Krell design team!
I upgraded my system last year; went with a Foundation 4K (demo piece from my dealer’s personal system), and a NIB Chorus 7200XD.  Driving a 5.2 arrangement of B&W 802 D3, HTM2, and 805 D3, with two SVS SB16 Subs.  It’s an outstanding combo...  visitors jaws drop when they check it out...  “I’ve never heard anything like this” is a common response.  That is, up until the system developed some low level static in the right rear channel for 10-15 minutes, and while I was inspecting the wiring at the speaker, the amp shutdown and displayed “Power Supply Fault Chnl 5”.  I power cycled it with the A/C, and it remained in protect mode but this time displaying “High DC Output Chnl 5”.  It’s currently boxed up awaiting a RMA from Krell.  At 125lbs boxed up, UPS has quoted me $405 to ship it (insured) from Louisiana to Connecticut.  I’ve asked Krell if they will print a label and allow me to pay for it, as I feel certain they get a better prices via contract.

I’m not mad; rather just disappointed; every electronics manufacturer is going to have a bad part every now and again; this is just bad luck.  It will be interesting to see how fast they turn it around once it arrives at their facility.
I now have two Krell.
KAV 400xi.
Duo 300 XD.
The KAV 400 sounds old fashioned to my ears. Soft poor bass articulation lacks definition smooth maybe rolled off. So it will go into a second system unless anyone here wants it. It has been fully upgraded. PM me.
I haven’t heard the 300 yet.
My preferred system and sound I guess rests on the PassLabs XA25. A powerful control and transparent amp that drives my horns and PMC MB2SE equally well.
No love from me for newer or older Krell designs.
I give them credit for using a variable bias system, but really wish it had a user option to remotely select efficiency vs sound quality. I think they still burn too much power for casual listening or HT. I'd love to hear the new versions, but haven't had the chance.

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OP. If you like it, you like it. Why not just enjoy? The only way to know if you like something else better is to try it in your system. If you do want to try something else and are shopping for opinions, then you'll get more constructive feedback by saying want you feel like you're missing (or want more of) with the Krell. Otherwise, congrats on your purchase. It's good you're not on here posting "what's wrong with my gear??" That's a win for both you and Krell.
I’ve owned Krell, and others, for thirty years. I can’t say enough good things about their customer service and sq, especially with the XD upgrade. Currently, I am pairing Krell 575 XD monoblocks with ML 13a, Don Sachs tube preamp and PS Audio as source. Always a joy. 
I'm a big Krell fan so hope company regains iold glory.    My audiophile  baptism was purchasing 1st Krell amp that was 25% of my gross annual salary but so many fond memories.   It was sad when Dan was kicked out ....   Momentum is my favorite SS amp and waiting for Krell to make one someday.
You simply cannot beat the performance of the recent lineup of Class A KRELL CD amps. Utterly musical and breathtaking ability to soundstage and present distortion free music.  Take it from a Krell customer who has owned the big “muscle cars” of their amps like the 400 FPB CX. So congratulate yourself for a great decision. 
My decision was based on hearing their new integrated amp at a trade show. At only 150 wpc it BLEW ME AWAY. So I proceeded to buy the 300 XD Duo AND their 5 channel 5200 XD. BOTH FAR exceeded my highest expectations. 
Sorry, but in reviewing I post I caught a minor typo. Sb “XD,” and not CD!  Enjoy the music as you’ve made a great choice. 
Owned many FPB over the years and to my ear best in the era.  Heard one recently and was definitely a grandfather's amp.   SS has improved dramatically over the years.
Audioquest tried to buy KRELL, instead they bought CLASSE. KRELL will not die, but look for different ownership in the future.  Samsung wants them too as they already own Mark Levinson. 
I have found memories of my KSA 80. Drove a pair or Acoustat 2 plus 2's. KSL preamp. It was amazing sound. 
I recently took a chance on a Krell Vanguard integrated and Connect Streamer Dac, both approx 6-7 yrs old. They were a steal, so it was curiosity more than anything. I'm stunned by the quality. The preamp circuitry in particular is about the best I've heard, and the streamer is a perfect match for the ESS Sabre chip it's built around. 

I would choose the Krell over the $15K tube amps I've auditioned (like VTL--ooh, hum! Yay?). I find McIntosh underwhelming, Rogue often brittle and PS Audio excellent but also oddly bland. I'd put the Krell about on par with some of the Vinnie Rossi gear I've auditioned, which I love. 

Anyway, I can't speak highly enough about my experience with Krell. People bash the company because some stupid private equity jerks bought the company and kicked Dan out. Ok, but it's not like Dan was building each component by hand, and it's an insult to the amazing and talented people there to keep trashing an iconic audio brand that still makes objectively excellent gear. Ymmv.