c'mon carl, we know that's you. don't egg us on.
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I don't think Krell sounds like crap but it is expensive. It just might be that some, not all, that get so wired emotional about their opinions are trying to justify spending less. Often I think there is more to getting a synergy of components, room, and musical taste than there is between getting a single component to make everything right. Translated: Krell or Audio Research or any of the big boys can sound terrible in the wrong system or room or if you "want to believe" it sounds terrible. I personally don't put much stock in emotional pleas from reviewers, thread participants on the web, etc. If you have to get emotional and not clearly present a complete case than you don't have a case but a fear of ???? Cheers!
No, it might not be everybody's cup of tea. I have been buying and selling audio for about 20 years, and have owned tube and solid state high end equipment. I bought my first Krell amp about 7 years ago and got hooked on the impact, dynamics and control that it offered. From then on I assembled a KRC-HR,300S,MD-10,Studio DAC,B&W 801's, and PAD cables. This system I believe has a balance that I am not willing to part with. I have listened to new Krell equipment (and B&W's), and I do not care for it plus mine is paid for. I have converted and attracted many non- audiophile friends to wanting what they never thought was possible. All manufactuerers use certain equipment in the "voicing" of their equipment, and that is the type of synergy that should be persued. I also have heard that C.J. and CAT pre amps are great with Krell amps. I also feel that I can play any type of music on my system and it will closely portray what was intended and not robbing the energy. But remember, in the end you have to live with the system of your choice
Vegasears: You should just enjoy the FPB you have. I certainly do. Don't take other's opinions personally. Krell 1 and Nanderson made great comments. I always thought those who have STRONG anti-Krell opinions are strange. When I hear thoughtfully justified critiques against Krell gear then I can respect their opinion. As has been said, their are plenty of threads on the topic. I'm really happy with my almost all Krell system!
The problem with the Krell is their product line-up decisions. Who else but Krell would discontinue a brilliant preamp KRC-HR and keep lousy KRC-3. Who else but Krell would stick a 'c' without an upgrade path to the FPB. Seven years ago, I bought a KRC-2 and KSA-100. Two years later, upgraded to KRC-HR and KSA-200S. Some time later they brought out FPB. Now they have the 'c', the CAST and whatever. Seven years ago I bought a ML 30 & 31. Now I have a 30.6 & 31.5 - the originals upgraded. Krell does not seem to want 'faithful customers' - so, to hell with them. There are other, and better products out there.
Vegasears, just sit back and listen to the music and enjoy. No matter what you do someone is going to disagree, in particular on this web-site(no offense guys). I have listened to krell amps in my stereo they just never seemed to 'mate-up' as well as other products, does it make Krell junk? definetly not. I have heard some krell that sounds great, and if that is the case with your stereo(it sounding great) then there is absolutely no reason to make a changes. Enjoy your amp and happy listening.
I have never posted before which I think makes me a "lurker" in internet newsgroup jargon. But I can no longer sit on the sidelines and remain silent with respect to Krell. I received an extremely high pressure sales pitch from a NY dealer to chuck my beloved hodge podge of high end compnents for a Krell system and I think it SUCKS. I regret the day I sold my other equipment and I have never enjoyed the Krell stuff. I have found it hard, very bright and fatiguing to listen to through my B&W 800s which sounded magical with Conrad Johnson. It is true, Krell is overmarketed, over rated mediocre junk.
Everyones tastes are different. My personal opinion is that at first I love the crisp dynamics and powerful bass of Krell amps. I feel the sound is true and very exciting for the first 20 minutes or so depending on the material played. It is after extended listening that I feel it is too analytical and I don't feel drawn into the music. It becomes to sterile...just no sweetness to the music. At the price point of the Krell FPB line I would personally spend my money on another brand but I still think they make a fine product and the build quality is first rate. These observations are only of there class A amps and not of the KAV line which I think are a near sonic match with Parasounds line which make the Krell KAV line way over priced IMHO. Definately different strokes for different folks!!!
Just to add another 0.02 to this ongoing discussion...I think that part of the reason Krell draws so many bashers is that it is a successful and high profile high end audio company much the same as Callaway with golf clubs which draws its share of bashers too. In both cases, a fine but pricey product is produced that may not work for everyone. Trouble is the companies are almost mainstream (ie. not overly esoteric) so they may attract a certain segment of the market that has "more money than brains". BTW, I have Krell in one system, Rowland in another and Rotel in a third.
One simple question- When do go beyond the critical listening and get to enjoying the music? It sickens me to here the banter of this. The krell lifted the veil over the midrange or the plinius sounds so much more robust and authoritative in the lower frequencies. The Cello amps sound so much more liquid and not so solid as the Thresholds. My amp can beat up your amp. It's all B/S. There is one question that most audiophiles need to ponder, Do I love the music or the toys. I won't be visiting this site very often any more, I'm sure this won't upset anybody. The whole thing stinks of petty little personal issues and whiney little people.
What were you expecting Retro? This is a gear site. We do discuss music as well, but it is mainly about sharing information on how the gear portrays the music. In other words I understand the music that I listen to but need a little help on the equipment that I listen to it with. Are you that clueless of just a trouble maker?
My problem with people giving help on equipment is that most are simply regurgitating what they have heard others say, very few comments are based on any real empirical evidence. When I was at UIUC, I worked in an Audio store that sold real high end components. Our line up consisted of Krell, Levinson, Cello, Jadis, Magnepan, Apogee, Linn, Sumo, Belles et al. Monday evenings seemed to be the night that the So called Audiophiles would pounce on our store to banter at each otherabout the pros and cons of Audio. Now most of them had really nice gear. Gear that they were intimatley familiar with. Again most would denounce the abilities of one brand versus another with out having lived with the equipment. How can you derive a cogent argument with out knowing the unit as well as you know your own? You listen to what others say, you read what so and so wrote in TAS or some other rag. Soon you have a huge pile of vomitus garbage. Most people tha would argue against Krell, have never owned it! Look at the who RU thread. That was genius. It is suprisingly fresh. Most of the people that responded have very modest systems, yet I recognise some of the tags as being very boisterous about certain products that according to their own admissions, are out of their range. I'm not Clueless ( I did laugh at the movie) and I'm not a trouble maker. Unless you consider some one who is honest enough to say make the decision yourself when it comes to equipment. The person giving the advice might have spent the better part of their youth standing in front of the mains and banging their head. Or they might judge their equipment by having a string quartet play in their great room( I know some one that does this). One final point, this cottage industry is doing itself a great deal of harm by being so damned critical. The minutia out weighs the gross. This is driving the price of good equipment sky high. Can you truly justify spending Fifty thousand dollars on a pair of reference amps. I can hear the difference, I simply cannot justify it. I believe that gear does make the difference, but where does it stop and on who's authority
retroguy: i guess they didn't require the mastery of english grammar at uiuc (united institute of unctuous cobblers?). anyway, what's your point? you can hear differences others can't because you had a part-time job at a "real highend" store while attending trade school? noone has a right to criticize gear they haven't owned? (that'd be real smart, eh.) give us a break. how is it the the opinions of those who post here, or others likem', is "driving the price of good equipment sky high"? sorry, but your theory makes neither economic or logical sense. care to explicate "retroguy's axiom of audio philosophy"?
Retroguy, I have no issue with your grammar. It is irrelevant to me. I am only concerned with content. While I cannot say your methods will win friends, I welcome your opinions. Whether I agree or disagree. And please give me the respect of not blanketly saying that we on this site only regurgitate what others say. I do not regurgitate opinion. I form my own, and share them. Whether they are right or wrong(if that even applies), is secondary to the point that they ARE mine.
Trelja, How do you form your opinions? Do you purchase the equipment and then live with that equipment long enough to truly get to know the product. Most people cannot simply cut a check for let us say $6,000.00 just to see if the unit will be a good addition to the system, they cannot afford the loss of reselling the unit as used. In some occasions a dealer will charge out a unit to a good customer for a day or two at best. It takes a long time to build that kind of rapport and trust. Even if you do have that option available, is two days enough to get to know the equipment. For those people whom don't have either option available, they must form opinions by simple instore auditions. The variables that affect the audition are so great in number that I really don't how anyone can create a strong opinion that is meaningful and accurate. I don't intend to offend anyone. If I have, you all have my most sincere appologies, except cornpone. UIUC is not a trade school and yes my part time job at a hi-fi store did qualify me to hear very subtle differences in equipment. I heard the best of the best for four years on a daily basis. I was trained by some of the true Golden Ears that have been instrumental in the foundation of several of todays best of the best. I have designed and built loudspeakers for the pure joy of it for 18 years. What is your history?
retro: how do you form your opinions of audio equipment? does your auditory memory of your college days provide you a reference catalog? how do you know that dealers where i live will loan out equipment only to those who've "built rapport"? or that such home auditions are limited to 2 days? (in fact, you are dead wrong on both these "audition" points.) oh, and what does uiuc stand for? BTW, retro, you're the one who started the name-calling here. the tone of my reposte was meant to deflect the absurd stridency of your second post of 01/11/01. read your words there over again and see if you can figure out why they were met with derision by all who responded, not just me. you're not gonna gain any points here suckin' up to trelja or dekay, or me for that matter. think before you write and reread what you've written before you push the "submit" button. i know, this is mere gratuitous advice but it's offered sincerely as a flame preventative. peace.
Retro: In regard to how long does it take to assess a piece of gear, I consider myself to be a "quick study" and I assume that many others are as well. I am also not an audiophile by any means. I spent 30 years listening to and playing live music and I have been at this hobby for 30 years as well (with a big vacation in the middle of it). If I am familiar with the associated equipment and have listened to "my" music in the room for a period of time, I can form a definite opinion at a dealer's showroom on a piece of gear (though it is not as strong as one that I would form at home). When auditioning gear at home, I usually know within the first few minutes if I like the piece or not and if I do like it, then 24 hours is plenty of time for me to make up my mind how it places among my other favorites both new and old. I know what to listen for and I know what I do and don't like. It's that simple. Synergy has a lot to do with it, but a bad piece is a bad piece, IMO. This may sound unbelievable, but I have a fairly accurate aural memory of every piece of gear and system that I have owned and lived with. These memories do include a few memorable auditioned pieces as well, like the B&O 5700 speakers for some odd reason. I also remember conversations as well as music going back many years and I can usually play them back as if they are on a tape deck in my head. This was a big asset (to me) when I was involved in business. On the other hand I have almost no visual memory whatsoever to the point where I do not have the slightest idea what clothing my wife is wearing in the next room and I can even forget what I am wearing if I do not take a peek. I have some trouble remembering written information as well. To each his own, don't expect others to necessarily share your traits.
dekay: excellent post! i've always believed i've had a good aural memory, too. i'm sure, tho, mine's not up to yours. my problem is: i can remember the sound of lots of equipment, the name and designation of which cannot be retrieved from my memory banks. as to the time it takes to audition equipment, permit me this observation: there's certain stuff that upon a short hearing will grab you by the scrotum and lead you to beleive life's not living if you can't own it; longer auditioning, tho, will reveal that the quality that first drew you in is, in fact, fatiguing. krell amps are perfect exemplars of this phenomenon. it is because of this that i distrust short-term auditions. my practice over the past few years has been to audition a piece in my system for at least two days. if i'm seriously interested in a possible purchase after the initial audition, i require at least an additional week's play in my system. recognize, tho, that we're talkin' here of $20k+ speakers and amp/pre/dacs in similar ranges. (without modesty, i should note, i've been at this hobby for 30+ years; if dealers don't meet my expectations, i simply go elsewhere.)
Cornpone, I'm sorry the name fits, but it does. Apparently you have a good "rapport" with your local dealers if what you say is to be believed. Good for you. Now, UIUC stands for The University OF Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. It is a highly regarded University for Electrical Engineering. Nuff said. My secondary education at the store was much more interesting. When you are able to gleen the minds of such people as Brian Theil, Mark Levinson, Jason Bloom and th like, You have a tendency to retain the information for a long time. When Mr. Nakamichi personally comes to introduce the new 1000 series, you take notes. Yes, my college years have stuck with me. They were the foundation on which I built my system. They do give me the right to say that I can hear the nuances. The word synergy has been used alot in these posts. This is pretty accurate description for most systems. Synergy is a positive out come from forces working for and against each other in an other wise chaotic system. That out come can only be determined by you and your ears. When listening to a new piece of equipment, I will go buy a few completley new CD's. Theycan be by performers that i'm familiar with or a complete stranger. I then see if anything really reaches out to me, if it does I reinstall the old piece and see if it can be reproduced with the same pleasure. If so, the new piece isn't worth going any further with, if not, then I proceed with the new. This usually includes writing a check. BTW I feel no need to kiss up to anyone, they simply posted the kind of responce that is truly worthy of a responce. You, I am done with. I will not respond to you again. I have better things to do with my time and effort. Terrorist or not, I'm done. You bore me.
Cornfed: I know what you mean about the ones that grab you right away with their dazzle or excessive smoothness. I have always used certain source material whether it was vinyl, in the beginning, or CD now, and listen to specific notes and instruments to see how the piece is doing. If it passes a few (five) of these simple tests then I move on to the bigger guns to see how it puts them all together. It is very tedious, but is gets things moving quickly. Right now I am auditioning some new cone points and platforms. My wife is ready to vomit at the sound of some of these pieces:-)
retro: gosh , i guess you would have written, say, a 3000 word response if i didn't bore you. BTW, i am quite familiar with the home of the fighting illini. i have a couple or three of degrees from the univ. of iowa (hence my monikor). we always called your school simply "illinois." never figured those schools in chicago, etc. were a part of the big 10, er, 11. at least since the univ of chicago last won the rose bowl. betcha i've been in your audio shop, tho not when you worked there. FWIW, i'm not a terrorist, despite what carl_eber rants. bury your hatchet, retro. you'll feel better. peace.