The last time I sent my Krell amp in for an update they had it back to me the same week; outstanding service. Krell is a first class company.
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Im not all that thrilled either. Said 2 weeks, called after 3 got an immediate reply estimate was done, who knows how long it was sitting there, now it will be 1 1/2 weeks till they ship after paying within 10 minutes of the reply email.
Last time unit got damaged on the way there, took them 3 weeks to tell me it was damaged, then they ran out of parts unit was there 2 months. came back like new though.
Hiend2, time is really a small price you have to pay and your unit will come back better than new. Krell service is top notch. Does it really matter how long it takes to get the unit back. My only concern would be that it is fixed right the first time. No need to stress. I'm happy that I can afford Krell.
Hiend2, I understand your feeling but yours is nothing to compare with mine. Here it is, let "me" cry my heart out: Bought SP16l & 4bsst brand new in the box. Less than a week, there are POP, tacks,Buzz...I went thru hell with local dealer and Bryston and after a lot of unfriendly exchange, Bryston send me a brand new replacement. ARC send the Sp16l back with NPF since the DC leakage is within their spec. I ended up have to trade the SP16l for a brand new pair of speakers of lesser value at local dealer. While most of ARC, Bryston fans highly praised their customer service but I simply have to disagree. So, be happy that the only expense from your part is "time" not the hard earn money.
Service manager said 2 weeks or less. Simple fix 4 weeks. Not acceptable. If i pulled something like that where I work id be out the door. Krell does good work as they should.Ive spent upwards of 20K there. People there are very professional.
I have several horror stories as well.When i think of audio research, I think of 2000 service bills for tube amps.
I have had to send my KCT pre-amp back for repairs and my KPS-28c several months later. I wish they never needed repairs, but they did. The service department fixed them for me and so I am happy. Maybe they could have done it faster, or paid for my shipping costs, but still I am happy that they are working perfect now.
I find it comical that you pay top dollar for Krell, and when you call you get snobby attitude (Jim Ludivichino) and slow service. Probably trickles down from the owner DD who is not quite the nicest guy in town...Paaaaaaaalease. To pay Krell prices the service should be superb. I am finding this to be a problem with VTL too, although they aren't nearly as big as Krell. Go figure, they all overcharge and under deliver.
Maybe thats why our hobby is so uninteresting to most people. a shame
Perhaps you are correct about Dan Agostino!I never met or talked to him,so I can't confirm your findings.I got an
md-1 and sbp-64x and I called and talked to Patrick and he was very helpful and nice on the phone.He left a few phone messages at my place,while at work too.I can't argue with the other guys regarding Patrick at least.
I am sorry to hear your problems with Krel or VTL.One company that delivers in spades is Rogue and Mark O'Brien
the owner.I own their amps and every time I called I was treated super nice.I also had a positive experience with ARC,regarding a repair and retubing on my Dac-3.
I live in the area. Those guys are great. they let me drop off my amp in the morning, then jump back on the highway for work. The amp has been in for service twice and always it was back in a week/ten days, repaired under warranty, then shipped at their cost. One time I picked the amp up and they helped me load it in the wagon and away I went. They could not be nicer. And I just picked up a new EVO 402 with the trade in program and the sound is unlike any previous Krell amp. It sure was a VERY BIG upgrade from the previous amp, a 400cx.
I just sent a cd player in for service. They have had it for almost two weeks, given that was over New Year's, but their latest response is it will be another 2-3 weeks to get a response on what is the problem and what the cost will be. I am not happy with this kind of service from a hi-end manufacturer.
Sent a DT-10 transport in. The response was about 2 weeks but try to do better. That is a reasonable amount of time for me to wait. I was able to talk to the service dept. supervisor a few times. Very friendly and helpful. The transport came back working like new. Krell has among the best follow-through and cusomer service that I've dealt with in any business. Today most companies wont pick up the phone much less return calls. I dont believe that you will ever see this happen with Krell. A very good experience and I intend to be a Krell customer for many years.
You are one of the lucky ones. I dont question the friendliness of the staff, they are friendly. We are just going on 5 weeks now since they had my player and the only response I have is....they can't tell me when they can even look at it for evaluation.
So now I have been without music for 5 weeks, who knows when they will look at it (will it be months or weeks??). If you call this great service I would hate to see bad service in your book.
I find it humorous when someone states that 3-week turn around to repair a CD player is something to be happy about. My MF cdp was fixed in 3 days, and let me assure you that anything longer than a week would be unacceptable!
All things being equal, that's the reason why I stick with Musical Fidelity for my front end.
I have a mint Krell KPS 20i sitting there for about the same amount of time as the member above.It appears it will be at least a few more weeks before they get tolook at the unit.
The unit is there to have 2 (new)displays installed.
The unit was working perfectly it was just time to change the displays as they do fade out over time.
I'm experiencing a problem with the Manager (Patrick) he does not return calls.I mean come on just call me back and let me know.I shouldn't have to take time out everyday and chase him around for answers.
If you're behind due to problems with staffing that is one thing,but running away from the problem and not letting people know that's just not professional.
I could not get way with anything like that in my profession.
The service dept is indeed only half of what is was before.
Sales may be down but service request are not.
I don't know why a company would layoff service techs when the company has the same work load.
This won't help sales either in my opinion.
If I' own a Krell unit and have to wait this long for service don't you think it will have an effect on whether or not I buy a new Krell again next time.The best way to get new sales is to keep your existing Krell customers happy.Lose them and you are in trouble.
On a positive note
Thank god Steve L is there,unfortunately he is the only one on the ball and can't do everything himself.
I was also told by the Krell vice president(Rhonda Caldwell) that the company has reduced it's work force by nearly 1/3 due to the lack of sales and that she too is very frustrated with things at Krell.
I could not believe she was telling me all of this ,it may have been due to the fact that I spent over 35 minutes bouncing from extension to extension trying to get someone to actually pick up their phone and was very frustrated once I got a chance to speak to someone.
I hate to say it but they've lost me as a customer.
I plan on selling my unit when I get it back.
Anyone interested in a mint Krell KPS 20I (new transport and digital board installed last year)?
New displys hopefully installed soon.
I had a Krell KSA Amp fixed by Krell a few years back.
It came back in about a month and half.
However, they charged me quite a bit ($400) + shipping for a new box stapped to a pallet, and didnt return the original box.
It was just a basic box, with no markings.
The total bill was half box , pallet, and shipping the other half repair costs.
Had my Krell KAV-250a in for repair since the left output blew. Took them one week from the time I dropped it off to the local store to the time it was back again for me to pick up. So turnaround time was very good.
Not only did they repair the amp, but they also upgraded the output board (heard the difference from before and after, but have no clue what they actually did...). That is excellent customer service!
looks like my KPS 20i will be ready in a few days.
It's unfortunate that someone has to ruffle some feathers to get something done at krell these days.
the latest i've heard is that future turn-around time is up to 8-10 weeks.It use to be 2-3 weeks.
Hey Dan hire some techs or make the new stuff a little better so your service dept. is not so bogged down.
My thanks to Steve at krell though as he gets things done right.
I was told I would get my amp back in three maybe four weeks. It has been a month now and Patrick told me they have not had time to even look at it yet. I can see from this board that I am not alone when it comes to poor communication and poor service. That is not going to bode well for their future unless something gets turned abound soon.
Obviously they have problems right now. Perhaps if they got their heads out of the clouds and started selling equipment that is not $30,000 their sales would pick up. I mean what is DD thinking about?
update from bobf-
Got my krell kps 20i back on friday.
final time spent in shop 6 weeks and would have been much longer if i did not make a stink and if Steve L. didn't take charge and get things done.why isn't Steve running things there is my question?Now that it's back and has all new displays along with other recent part changes it's time to part ways with it.
Krell KPS 20i for sale !!!!
I have just sent my SACD standard back for repair. I will let you know how it goes. My experience with Krell so far has been excellent, so I expect a quality and prompt repair job! If for any reason they are delayed, I'm sure it is under extraordinary circumstances. Arbuckle, was your unit under warranty? Are you original owner from an authorized dealer? That could dictate the pecking order for your repair work.
I was originally told 3-4 weeks for my KRC HR repair. It then became 6-7 weeks, and eventually took 14 weeks. Patrick Bresnehan told me his best days now are worse than his worst days 3 years ago. I advised him to look for a new job. 3 weeks later when I tried to contact him about my pre amp I was told he left the company. I am so angry that I am selling of all my Krell gear. This is not the first time I have had a bad experience with Krell service.
I sent my 20i in for service about 8 weeks ago for a dysfunctional lid. The lid
was getting jammed periodically for quite some time, but would eventually
open until it finally would not open at all. It took 3-4 weeks for it to be looked
at and then serviced. Everyone I spoke to was very courteous and heplful; that
would be Steve, Rhonda and LuAnn. I learned that the staff was cut back by
50 % and thus very heavy delays in servicing. When I received the unit, the lid
worked fine but there was no readout and the disc wouldn't play. I immediately
called and was told to return it and it would receive priority attention. I spoke to
Walt upon its' return and he believed the unit had been dropped with Fedex
being the culprit. I needed a new laser. It had to be ordered from France. After
almost 2 weeks, and still no laser, Walt took it upon himself to have a laser
from a new unit installed....I didn't ask, but I guess he was referring to the
505. Walt also was going to send the 20i back in a brand new double box.
All of this was free of charge including the shipping (of course I had paid for
the original repair on the lid). Try getting this type of treatment from Levin-
son! The unit arrived safe and sound yesterday (the boxes and packaging
weighing in at about 17 pounds). The 20i still sounds great and I tip my hat
to Walt and his staff.
I finally heard back on my cd player and it shouldn't be too long until I get it back - it ended up being around $500 to repair, but now I'll basically have a new cd player since they're replacing a bunch of stuff. The staff at Krell was very courteous and helpful when I called them to pay and answered a lot questions I had on my other krell stuff too.
I have called Krell several time today but noone is picking up their phones.
VP Rhonda Cadwell did pick up the phone but when I said I was calling from Australia, she put down the phone. I redialed right after but the line was then diverted to voicemail.
I really needed to speak to someone as I need to get an estimate of repairs.