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have kpe ref will travel... bought one recently and the music has never been better.
dynamics are as good as i have had in my system
fully adjustable for mid to low output cartridges
better sounding than the aleph ono, in my opinion
good luck in finding your new phono section
p.s. i know someone with a fully balances four piece krell, front panel load and gain adjustable phono section and they claim this piece is superior to the kpe ref. i have heard it and it sounded fine.
I liked the phono section inthe KSP-7b but every aspect of the sound was better with the KRC 2. I was not unhappy with the KSP I just thought the new one was better other than the obvious problem of the phono stage.
I borrowed a KPA from my brother-in-law which soundds like what you are describing although I don't know if it's balanced. Does anyone know if the KPE reference can be run balanced???
Owned the KPA 4 pcs. The sound stage is one of the widest and deepest. My only complaint is it sounds like Krell, while the alternatives imposed lesser of their character into the music.
But nothing comes close to KPA's dynamics and ultra wide/deep presentation. It seems to have a way to 'squeeze' out the last ounce of juice of the music.
Compared to the later phono stage, such as Tom Evans and Linn Linto, the Krell is a bit on the slow side, but still very fast relative to ARC PH3 (btw, I would take KPA over PH3 anyday). But, KPA and Krell linestage (such as KBL, KRC) would be a perfect match, because the Krell linestage is on the fast side, so they probably compliment each other.