No, very different sounding Amp. The "tube like" lush, smooth mid range and highs are missing. More edgy high end. Make sure your speakers match the ohms of the amp. I have the XA 160 and have no wanting for power.
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Acurus, If you have not heard Krell lately, you have not heard Krell. The current Evo and KAV amps are iron fisted tubey, if that makes any sense. They are seemingly incapable of running out of power. I hope you do not have Vandersteen and Pass. Call Richard Vandersteen and ask him his opinion of Pass amplifiers. Put cotton in your ears first!
So let me get this straight...Richard Vandersteen does not like Pass amps. Does this mean that Pass amps are crap?
In my opinion:
1 - if you have a room that is treated acoustically a bit too much
2 - you have laid back, relaxed sounding speakers with bass on the softer side, go with Krell.
For example, I always found Sonus Faber speakers to sound great with Krell amps.
If you have speakers that do not need anymore emphasis on the lower end and in the treble, then Pass will suit those better than Krell.
Krell and Pass are excellent amps with excellent resolution and control. The end result will depend on what speakers and room the amps are used with and what YOU wish your system to sound like. You have to match the components and create synergy.
Trial and error is the only way and only you will know which amp is better for you once it is in your system and you are listening to it.