Could be interested in AVI, Anthem or Arcam C31 +P1/P1 also.
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I haven't heard the Bryston, but I have heard the Krell 400xi driving many different High-End Speakers, including: B&W 80X, Revel, Sonus Faber, JM Lab/Focal and Krell's own Resolution and all sounded excellent driven by this entry-level Krell Amp. Don't let the price fool you, this Amp. dishes-out all that could be reasonably needed in all but the very best systems. It's well deserving of it's current "Stereophile Class A Rating"!
I am going to have to respectfully disagree with the above IMHO. The Bryston 100B-SST is simply outstanding and should be listened to, not that the Krell is a slouch. I just think that the 100B is a step up in performance, especially in the area of imaging, and accuray in the upper frequencies. Add to the fact that you are using PMC speakers, and for me it is an easy decision.
I own the B100SST and have owned the 400xi - to my ears the Bryston was superior. And not by a small margin. Not that the 400xi is bad, but the Bryston sounded cleaner, punchier, took control of the lower frequencies in a way the Krell couldn't. There was a clear delineation of each note, a crispness that is typical of the Bryston sound.
I just wish Bryston made B100SST a little prettier to look at.
According to the Dealers and insiders that I have spoken to at recent trade shows etc., Krell is selling an aweful lot of KAV-400xis, probably more than they would like to admit, since their primary function in the Audio World is the sell $25K Amplifiers not $2.5K Amps. The few people that I've run accross selling their 400xis got a taste of Krell and now want more and are squeezing into Krell seperates.
"I own the B100SST and have owned the 400xi - to my ears the Bryston was superior. And not by a small margin. Not that the 400xi is bad, but the Bryston sounded cleaner, punchier, took control of the lower frequencies in a way the Krell couldn't. There was a clear delineation of each note, a crispness that is typical of the Bryston sound."
I think that is why people like the Krell 400xi so much, because it doesn't have the typical flat sound that both Bryston and Krell are so famous for.
Many people think the 400xi is one of the most musical intergrated's Krell has come out with. The Bryston, while robust, still carries the Bryston sound. Some people may like or dislike the Bryston house sound (which is very much like the Krell house sound) I guess is that the Krell isn't like a normal Krell. I'd suggest you listen to both.
I run a B100sst on a pair of GB1. I have not had the chance to listen to the Krell though I am vary happy with
the Bryston. I have tried many different set-ups(audio refinement/rega/music hall/anthem) on these
speakers and find the b100 works best. it has incredibe imagaging and controll on the lower frequencies, its really clean sounding. I also own a pair of OB1 and it has no problems running them.
I have to agree with Bobgates. I owned the 400xi and love every minutes of it. I have been out of the "hi-end " hobby for a few years and trying to make a come back. My first piece is the 400xi. Yeah, it is a different sound of Krell. I lived with kav250 system with love and hate but the 400xi at 55 to 60db sounds quite warm and musical and details. I do hate its cheapo single ended rca jacks.I guess Krell expect 400xi owner will use xlr connection to get the most out of it. I listed the 400xi for sale last couple day since my plan to acquire the Krell SACD standard and the B&W 805 has a financially set back. I am torn between the decision to sell it or to take it off the market. Never heard the Bryston but you should give the 400xi a try. Happy listenning.
I bought a used Krell 280 CDP couple week ago. XLR hero connected to my Krell 400XI, cannot believe what I hear.Tight bass, open and warm midrange and talk about 3d image, front wall being pushed back few feet. Next step-up is the gorgeous BLACK Krell SACD standard. Sorry Marco, my friend run a hi-end dealer, I try but Bryston is too bright for my ears.
Of course you'll need to put the B100 through a considerable burn-in period,I'd say at least 150 hours before one dares to criticize it.If you heard a new unit it would sound kinda bright...I've connected it with a HOMEGROWN AUDIO Silverlace into a QUAD CDP2 and,four months afterwards...WOW!!!
Silver cables are just great with that BRYSTON gear!!
Marco, Bryston is among the good company that makes their own trade mark for their own sound so is Krell. I bought two Krell 400XI. First few weeks, I have had a hard time to adjust to them with different CDP fron Sony ES, Cary,Rega...and also the ICs too. Finally, I've got the used Krell CDP and I am quite happy with the combination. No ones knock down Bryston but it is more like personal preference. I love the warm and deep soundstage while my dearest friends love the bright and up in your face sounding. Different strokes for different folks. It depends on what kind of sound a person looking for. Enjoy your gears and happy listenning.