Funny thing just happened. I just met Dan D’Agostino, the CEO of Krell . He just gave me a lot of information.
The MSRP is $30K for the 707. And it does room EQ. I didn’t question him on the 707 because I calculate that a Pre/Pro’s, or any source for that matter, life span is 5 years and I can never justify $30K for 5 years use. Speakers I would and did.
I explained to Dan my concerns that I’d prefer if Krell built it from the ground up to do the new Audio formats. He said much like what was said earlier, that the 707 has been in development for 2 years for the new audio formats and the s1000 got a lot of its tech. So I asked how he could have QA and tested for long and he said that he tested with their own recordings of high rez. So I explained that he didn’t really alleviate my concern. It’s the whole package that I’m concerned with and not just Krell’s ability with a high rez format. Dan said that the 707 sounds amazing, although I didn’t bother to question if he heard it with a Blu-Ray player because I think I know the answer. …Audiophiles!
The S1000 HDMI audio upgrade will be available in April.
An upgraded S1000 will be identical to the new S1000’s shipping in April. (Although I pointed out to Dan that the S1000 face plate currently lacks the Dolby True HD logo. So he agreed that the only difference will be the face plate.)
The new HDMI board will have many other upgrades including video processing. He said that the video processing is 100% Krell proprietary. So I asked if krell even does the deinterlacing and he said that there is a Faroudja chip in there but all the software is Krell and that they went all out on its development for the 707 so it will be stellar. I asked if they tested it with the test disc from HQV and he said yes.
I asked how he felt about me butchering the Krell sound with the Audyssey EQ. He was appalled! As an audiophile purist he can’t help but balk and made me promise if I buy that I will try it without the EQ on. My biggest wish in the in the audio industry is for a company who puts science before audiophileness but still retain audiophileness. I love audiophileness, but I must never lose track that science comes first.
Dan also said that the S1000 also runs hotter than the showcase which is very hot to touch even in idle mode. So I explained my concerns on the long term effect of heat on the soncis. Meaning much like wine, an audiophile product will peak. From breakin until the circuits are affected by wear and tear and heat will add to the wear and tear.
Also, the showcase was extremely limited in its setup. The crossover number is for all channels and it’s 20hz increments. Dan said that the S1000 will not improve on that much, since, a true audiophile shouldn’t be messing with crossovers.
So I think I’m going to get it. I have to get an HDMI switcher anyway, and there is the Showcase trade in incentive. And Audyssey didn’t calibrate my system correctly so they wre just about to come anyway so now they can calibrate with a Pre/Pro. And my system needs Krell’s “Enhanced Bass” mode for it to work correctly. And my dealer and Dan are giving some incredible additional incentives. The only reason I didn’t sign the bottom line right then and there is because a decision like this shouldn’t be made hasty. So I’ll give myself the weekend to think about it. But it looks like I will do it.