Everything connected via HDMI except Tivo (what would be the point
). Still no ARES as I haven't gotten the subs to trigger properly yet (cabling problem). So, just watching some TV and some Netflix and Kodi movies to get an impression.
Firmware is 1.25 Oct 16, 2014.
OMG, words cannot express how useless the manual is.
Everytime I run update it does something but the version doesn't change.
The Cary Audio has it all over the Foundation in terms of ease of use. I mean, would it have killed Krell to make the labels on the ports match the labels in the software? And what's with not displaying my user-friendly labels except under unknown circumstances? Because of this it takes a crazy amount of time to configure.
Still haven't found how to configure the subs. I don't mean the crossovers. I mean the Stereo+Sub etc settings. I'd like to configure stereo subs (left sub and right sub).
The web software was confusing at first. On the other hand, it's so simple that it didn't take long to figure out.
I was plugging everything directly into my Panasonic. Now everything is routed through the Krell, including component video from the Tivo. Seems like the video pops a little bit more, like it has enhanced contrast. I know the Krell is just a passthrough but maybe it's reclocking the signal? The enhancement in the component video to HDMI conversion is really nice.
I was afraid that the Sabres DAC on this would be fatiguing for music (movies doesn't matter much). But this blows away the other Sabre-based DAC that I have. That DAC seems to be a bad match for a Krell front end. It's been a while since I used my Schiit but the Krell reminds me of the musicality of the Schiit DAC but with more dynamic range. Really makes me feel like I've wasted my money on the other DACs.
Drums seem quieter but more precise image-wise through the Krell. The soundstage is different, seems a little deeper but my room isn't treated well enough (or my speakers resolving enough?) for it to do soundstage depth well. The 'stage is definitely wider as well.
Imaging is better. Everything is more clearly confined to a more focused space within the stage.
It's nice to be able to use HDMI for everything. Big pile of wires on the floor. I'm not a cable aficionado so it's not an expensive pile
The DTS:Neo processing on this is way better than what the Cary does. Almost makes a stereo/pcm show seem like Dolby 5.1. Dialogue comes through the center better while effects are pushed to the sides and surrounds.
Loving the new toy