I would like to start by saying Thank You to all of you for your valuable input on this matter. You have been the decisive factor: here is how.
As I stated earlier, I was ready to buy first thing yesterday morning. I read your posts one more time and I decided to â€œtryâ€ to buy the Bryston, so I first called a Bryston dealer here in NYC. I said to the person on the phone that I would come in, give my credit card and take my 9B THX home and I asked how much? He said retail. I said no discounts? He says we only charge retail, no discounts. Well, do you have it in stock? The answer was no.
I think that attitude was enough for me not to give my business to that store. They should win my heart before getting a buck from me. Hey, even a free cable would be enough. I am not looking for a bargain but a sale incentive. Well, yes this is the way I am.
So I called another store in Chinatown â€“ and that is another story.
At that point I turned to the out-of-state dealers to order one. Well, it turns out that Bryston has territorial restrictions and I could not be served by these people.
I tried, really.
So, Krell was my new target. BTW, I was bias towards Krell from the beginning but did not want to reflect that when I started this post, try to convince myself at the same time to be neutral. The KAV-250/3 was still available, no tax from out-of-state for $2999 + S&H.
At that point I went trough the forum members input one more time.
I decided to buy Krell. But now I wanted something else. Today, I went to a NYC Krell dealer and listen carefully to FPB 200c and KAV-200a/5, the new five channel, 200W HTS equipment. I had an A/B comparison with the same setup, same room, same everything. The sonic difference was noticeable but very, very minimal. My salesperson pointed out that the new 5ch amp uses the same technology as the FPB 200c, which is now 3 years old. That explains the extremely good sonic characteristics of the KAV-200a/5. It is really something better than the last 5ch, KAV-1500. I was not going to stop myself from getting the best there is. I considered buying two FPB 200c for a total of four channels. And for a good deal as well.
BTW, Krell does not have territorial restrictions as I could order anything out-of-state and not pay sales tax.
So I listened, listened moreâ€¦ I bought the KAV-200a/5. Beautiful sound and even more beautiful looks. It will be delivered within two weeks.
The moral of the story is this: Everything happens in life for a purpose. The fact that I â€œcouldnâ€™tâ€ buy the Bryston locally (because of the attitude of the dealer) or out-of-state looked sad but I was rewarded at the end with my match. It is interesting to see the quality breath of the high-end dealers or maybe should I say salespeople.
The forum members were the best help. So thank you all one more time, and a special thanks for the people who are making this forum available to us.