Review: Krell KAV-300cd CD Player

Category: Digital

I listen to a lot of jazz and rock. Patricia Barber "Cafe Blue" is an excellent test disc. The Krell does it all right. Bass is controlled and deep, Mids are dream like with excellent resolution. Highs are clear with no harshness. Overall the player has very good resolving power. The one thing I don't like about this player is it will not play all of my burned CD's.

I have had this player for approximately one year. It replaced a Resolution Audio 50. The sound opened up overall and became more neutral. Before the highs sounded rolled off to the point of sounding dark.

There appears to be no real weaknesses except for the part time playing of burned CD's. It works perfect with store bought CD's.

On the used market this player is an excellent buy!!!

Associated gear
Kinergetics Chiro 802 pre/pro, Parasound HCA-3500 and 2003 amplifiers, Art of Sound tower speakers and powered subwoofers.

Similar products
CAL Audio Tercet MkIII, Arcam, Krell KAV 250, Resolution Audio 50, Marantz 67SE, Denon, etc.
Nice to see a happy 300cd owner. I just purchased one and absolutely love it. Havent played a HDCD and wondered if you have and how is the sound as compared to a regular CD.
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