Originally Posted by rgiorgio
I am ready to pull the trigger on the Krell Foundation or Marantz 8801.
I am aware there is a price difference, i already have cables and i am not interested in Integra or Onkyo. Please stay on track with this thread.
I would appreciate the pro's and cons of these 2 units hooked up to a Krell Showcase 7.1 amp running at 4 ohms giving me 250 per channel into Thiel Power Points and a Velodyne DD15 sub.
The Krell Foundation has no video processing which concerns me.
Thank You for all the input ahead of time.
Music is where I would think the Krell will shine. Traditionally, brands like Krell, Classe, Rotel aren't known to have the latest features, yet they command a premium for the way they render music. If you listen to a lot of music, then Krell might be a better bet.
The Marantz will likely give you newer features like 4k capabilities, 11.2 outputs, more connectivity options etc.
Lack of video processing is actually a desirable feature, as most AVR's don't do it well. I am currently upgrading my HDMI board to get a 3D pass-through on my AVR as well(Arcam).
Is it possible for you to audition these? It might help make up your mind.
also, given that you have a Krell Amp, any particular reason why you're looking at the Marantz? Is it because of the price alone?