Originally Posted by sbjork
Given what the Krells cost, and the fact they still operate well and with very good sound quality, I am not interested in spending the money on an equivalent newer processor. However, it would not help if I did, as the Dolby spec REQUIRES that the LFE channel be discarded and not remixed into the mains when selecting "no" for a subwoofer.
As the saying goes: "It's your funeral." The point, by sticking with outdated technology, you're shooting yourself in the head. Don't make no sense if you're about sound quality.
As to Dolby Digital and bass management, I can't address that if one's using outdated technology. Life in the Home Theater is about THX reference standards, 1080p, HDMI, USB, web access, firmware upgrades, 3D video, upcoming 4k resolution, Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD, never knowing who's CODEC is coming up and bass management. And no, despite other people's feelings on the matter, this stuff ain't rocket science. That requires Trig/Calculus and a really big eraser.
It don't matter what the speakers are capable of. That type of thinking is so 70's; "Time Waits For No One."
I'm sure you know about Audyssey, MultEQ XT and XT32. The point, the Krell processor, as much as you rightfully love it has gotta go if you want a system worthy of 2012 technology. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. The point, as we all know, our equipment is going die. Whether it be a death by failure or death by obsolescence. Death it still is. We just recently upgraded our AVR so "I" could have all the latest and greatest and there wasn't a single thing wrong with the old AVR other than it was "OLD." Oh hell, I'm old, does anybody want to see me in a speedo? Same thing.....well kinda.
As least you can donate the old AVR.
Now back to technology as some people refuse to let their gear die. I do that with computers and drive myself crazy with patches, fixes and obscure programs to keep the little bugger going another six months. Why, it's a perfectly good computer, if you like computers that are four years old.
I have a state of the art computer that was custom put together in Feb2010. It cost a flipping bundle by comparison to today's technology. I love my computer. I did the research. I built and breathed life into it. It's personal. OTOH, my wife's laptop, that cost a third of the price is today it's equal and her recently acquired in the last few months laptop, box-stock off the shelves at Costco, is already being supplanted by today's newer technology. It's a conspiracy I tell's ya.
That being said, the best way for one, who refuses to upgrade their equipment, to integrate a LFE channel into their system is to simply plug a subwoofer into the sub-out, stick an Anti-Mode 8033 in between their pre-pro and subwoofer and let the Anti-Mode dial the LFE channel in for the measured room acoustics and be done with it. Now if you want, since you don't want to upgrade the Krell pre-pro, you can again hire someone to come out with their fancy analyzing gear, charge you a bundle, keep you dependent on them for years and years (maybe even decades) as they dial your room in. And remember, once dialed in, don't move those speakers. I might add, this is something one can do for themselves as I pray for the sake of your room acoustics, the acoustic technician has more than eleven filters in which to do it with as the Anti-Mode, 8033S II,
for bass alone, has thirty-two filters. This of course is based on the assumption, they've upgraded their analyzing technology. Ya gotta love the concept of old technology, analyzing old technology, in a new technology driven world.
"What do you mean you're analyzing my outdated technology with outdated technology?!"
And just to show that we're simpatico, I too have one of these Anti-Mode marvels on order and it will be here shortly so I too can improve on the bass we already have. I also have on order a directional microphone setup so I can connect to a computer and analyze the room. The point, I hear you brother and I'm on your side regarding the need to properly integrate bass into one's sound system. I also understand the desire to hold onto properly functioning, outdated technology. The difference, I'm doing it with current technology.
In a non-polemic way, I truly hope the above helps.
(My wife says I have a unique ability to make a short story long.)
-Edited by BeeMan458 - 11/27/12 at 5:43am