I have owned both and still own Mcintosh. They are two great brands but couldn't be more different. To say one is better is a matter of taste. The Macs are more natural sounding - very quiet - and these models can drive anything. The Krell sound is very clear and detailed - almost too much for my taste - very bright with some speakers and an edge I find fatiguing through extended listening . If your speakers are not on the bright side then Krell may be to your liking. Both are built solid to give you lasting performance.
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