Sorry, I meant the Krell 2250e since I only need two channels.
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Oh my God! I thought I was the only one. I am so pissed at Krell!! I have never seen such piss poor customer service for such a high ticket product. They are a$$ holes. I have been a fan for so long. The a$$ wipe in their repair department (Patrick) clearly doesn't give a damn about the customer. I would recommend any other amp but Krell. The company needs to understand the power of treating the customer with consideration and respect. Sorry for the rant.
I think the best solid state amps are the Clayton M-100's and the Clayton M-200's. They are both Class A and are rated at 100 watts/channel into 8 ohms, 200 watts/channel into 4 ohms, while the M-200's are 200 watts/channel into 8 ohms, etc. They list at $6,500 for the M-100's and $9,500 for the M-200's. The fact that they double the wattage into 4 ohms shows how robust they are. They are the most transparent solid state amps I have ever heard, with excellent bass control and an airy/sweet treble. Almost like the best of all worlds between tubes and solid state.
Another excellent amp is the Modwright DNA-500 that lists about $7,000.
I would strongly encourage you to consider the new Mark Levinson 500H Series amps. Powerful, quiet, cool running amps that will provide a lot of bang for your buck. This is what Kevin Voecks who designed the Salon2's uses. I also have used them to power my Salon2's. Also, customer service has been AWESOME over at Harman in my personal experience.
Hi, I would seek out a used Krell 700cx if I were you, this amp has better highs and mid-range than any of the amps listed above period!, coupled to a top tier Ayon digital player, the match is a perfect marriage!, sweet none analitical, none brittle, none grainy highs!, mid-range off the chain!, very smooth!, analog sounding!,,remember this amp is by far and away one of the best solid state amps available!, those who truly know this amp will agree! Happy listening!
If you like a 3-dimensional sound and your speaker can give this. ML is out of the picture. I never met people who prefer a 2-dimensional sound over a 3-dimensional sound. I also would suggest to take a listen to Pass Labs. In all the parts you judge highend sound for Pass Labs is one of the most complete brands in talents/properties what should be there for highend sound. Good Luck!