Krell KRC-HR or Krell- KAV 280p

I'm looking for some help.I'm just about ready to purchase a preamp and I'm stuck between the Krell KRC-HR and the Krell KAV-280pI have read all the reviews about the HR but I'm hard pressed to find reviews on the KAV 280p.I was able to find one and it seemed very good but I was wondering what actual users feel.Acording to the people at Krell they fell that the KAV-280p is the better unit.I can purchase a new KAV-280p for the same price of a used HR ($2400.00)so money is not the subject.
Please don't wait to voice your opinion I need to make a move soon.
Thank You,Tom
I was in the exact same situation a while back. I've only had very limited exposure to the krc-hr from the dealer when it was 'new'. But from the reviews and memory it appreared to be the next step up from my 500i. But I ended up with 280p mostly due the to full 5 year warranty and I have a conscience (I am pretty loyal to the local dealer). I have no complaints or remorse with the 280p and I don't plan on replacing it. Can't say which is 'better' but for a krell system you can't go wrong with the 280p. FWIW,I can say: it is in every way better then the 250p.
This is just my opinion, and others here on audiogon (and that of an unnamed friend/dealer):

The question is not weather the KRC-HR is bettered by the KAV 280p, but whether the KCT is better than the KRC-HR.
Most of the people that I have talked with feel that unless you can utilize the CAST technology, stick with the KRC-HR.

Here is another example of: If you buy the KRC-HR on the used market, borrow the 280p from the dealer, and if I am wrong and you like the 280p better, you should easily be able to get back all the money for the KRC-HR.

>>Disclaimer>>..I own the KRC-HR
Thanks JB and Dr. Rich,
I didn't want my post to be too long so I didn't list my gear but I think I should.Mirage M3si speakers,Aragon 8008MKll amp,Krell MD10 transport,Krell Studio DAC,Music Hall MMF7 turntable,Rega Fono turntable preamp(soon to be upgraded),Transparent Audio Music Wave Plus speaker cables and interconnects.