Originally Posted by rhale64L7
Yes I look forward to it also. I won't be able to sleep tonight unless I know now. Lol
Wow. Pressure is on! I want to recalibrate expectations as I had some very basic questions that I think all of us may have run into, so here it is. As I get more time, I will post more.
First, let me say, I was pleasantly surprised to get Bill McKiegan directly and he was very respectful and receptive to all my feedback. He answered all of my questions, some were technically deeper than what a casual user would ask. I don't want to get into all the details of the technicalities for now but let me address some basic answers I was looking for that were not apparent to me in the manual. Please note that I am paraphrasing Bill's answers, so pardon any inaccuracy. I assure you I will try my best to convey the answer.
1. Manual says "STEREO
Select Stereo mode for conventional digital stereo signals. Use this mode to listen to conventional stereo digital
signals through the left and right speakers. The Foundation will perform digital to analog conversion and send signals
to the analog stereo outputs."
What I want is a mode that allows me to set a Xover frequency (Say 40Hz) and redirected bass to go to the subwoofers. Which mode is that? Full range plus sub is not it.
Answer: Stereo is the mode. If you set the Xover to full range it is like direct mode. If you engage the Xovers, redirected bass goes to the sub.
Outcome: I tried it just this evening and it is just as Bill described. I told him I was not pleased with the Full range plus sub as it sounded veiled. He was not a fan of that mode either, but lots of people want it and it is there.
2. Is there a Low-Pass filter for the subwoofer for 2 channel sources? I don't want frequencies above 100Hz for example going to my subwoofer as I know how bad this can sound.
Apparently there are some restrictions here and I am not sure I fully understood the answer the license issues and dolby restrictions etc.
3. I want test tones. I want to be able to put measure SPL for each channel without having to put in a test CD?
Very much a wanted feature. They will do it in a future firmware udpate
4. Regarding reported Trim levels by foundation, ARES and reference volume. I do not believe the trim levels I see. Subwoofer trim level did not change with huge delta in my subwoofer amplifier gain. Why so? Moving baseline in internal reference levels? Is it parameteric EQ? How many bands? My concerns with distortion on bass heavy scenes like War of the worlds and the strong corrleation to trim levels as observed by my Rane?
Answers: I would like to defer this as I am very tired after a very very long work week and day. May I address this during my vacation? I will try to post this with pictures and measurements if I get the time. This is too detailed and many of you won't even care. Really?
. If so, why did you buy a Krell?
5. Why no OSD? We are all so used to it?
Answer: Simple. Keep distortion low.
I think I bought into it.
In summary, I think we are in very good hands. I got the impression that they take feedback seriously. Please do not expect everyone who calls to get a response from someone like Bill. Let's be fair. I just got lucky. It happened to be right time.
BTW, I just listened to one of my favorite tracks "Tears in Heaven" at close to reference (don't ask me what that is yet), and it sounded simply incredible. Beautiful sounding unit. I am keeping it
. The response I got from Krell today makes me want to stick to this brand. I have had similar experience with Rogue. Rogue Audio is an amazing company and Marc O'Brien's response was very similar to Bill. I did not buy their flagship product (it was the Rogue Audio Athena) but still received red-carpet treatment. Same with Bill, foundation is their lower end and he still took the time to talk to me. We are fortunate to have leaders like them.
Enjoy the hobby.