Originally Posted by thebland
Well, these days, You can't hear everything you want and I find that most owners of equipment as so biased - they all rave about their equipment - and that tells you nothing about its true performance.
Really, most pre/pros have EQ. I would bet my ADA Mach IV B is similar to the Foundation. It has rudimentary PEQ on board and all the surround modes yours has - but no room correction which is finally coming to the forefront of 'must have' technology in your theater. I wish my ADA had Neo X or Auro upgradability - but it won't. I didn't see that on the Foundation either. Being able to output more than 8 channels is very important with Neo X and Auro coming to the high end.
The Foundation costs about the same as the ADA and it appears that $6500 is the new normal for entry level SSPs. The ADA acquits itself well but it's EQ is a bit lacking comparatively but it's stable and really doesn't require software updates (a bonus - I want everything to work properly when I drop that kind of coin).
Listening to a piece is only important and significant if it is in your own room and with your equipment. Too many factors at trade shows in terms of the room, acoustical treatments, etc are factors in what you hear. That said, listening to them on site should give some sort of inkling of what to expect (but not always). I travel to many CEDIAs just to see and hear as much as I can before I buy. But these days, listening to a high end piece in your residence is pretty difficult.
This entry level Krell looks like a entry level SSP to me with nothing special on board (it's entry level for Krell). No DTS NEO X, no 4K, no mention of Auro and I don't think it can output more than 8 channels via HDMI 1.4a. I see it needs software updates for some bugs and a lot of promised future upgrades (e.g. 4K). Be wary of that...
But back to listening before you buy. I am currently auditioning a pair of Quested Loudspeakers for my theater. I had to call over to the UK to help arrange shipment for trial with my dealer. I'll have a pair for 2-3 weeks and be able to see how they do in my environment with my amps. I am also looking into Pro Audio Technology and Seatons and will likely have all in my room at some point to audition before I choose. I've eliminated many speakers based on what I've read and not having heard many... It's the only way. Fortunately, I can send these back.
I am also trying out a Trinnov MC room correction piece and have arranged for that to be on site as well. In fact, the USA rep for Trinnov will EQ in these Quested speakers remotely through the device so I get the best, most accurate listening session with them. It is a PITA as I have to pay Trinnov by the hour for the set up, but how else do you know? I do not own the Trinnov yet, but Trinnov will use the device to EQ my current set up so I can to A/B what it is doing (that said, I traveled to a couple of CEDIAs to hear it and am already sold on it - but why not hear it in my room)?
So, back to your, "you haven't heard it" remarks. I think that is somewhat of a cop out as then the only ones who could really comment on it are the folks that have already spent the $6500 and likely think highly of their purchase and are very biased - is there any owner in this thrad who thinks it's just mediocre? Some reviewers are better than others but, like you said, 'you haven't [personally] heard it'. I find that almost impossible to put into practice when shopping. So, you look at history of the company, components, features and price point. The Foundation appears to be a pretty standard SSP set up and likely preforms similarly to the ADA, McIntosh, Anthem, etc... and that's a pretty good (but I worry about software updates needed to fix bugs on a SSP - what they do is pretty simple). I've owned many, many high end pieces of equipment over the years and there are few world beaters. You, generally, get what you pay for and the company's history says a lot.