Originally Posted by rhale64L7
Gbaby what do you think of Krell amps? I know you own one. Are they all truly balanced class A throughout? If they are I would love to hear one. Maybe if that is an amp under the Foundation in that photo I will own one.
One other question between my wife and I we make pretty good money but I still had a hard time buying the Foundation. And we dont take a lot of trips or anything. Live in a modest home. How do you people do it? Before I bought the Krell I was going to Bestbuy every Wednesday and buying a couple bluerays. I was buying hdtracks downloads by the boatload. After I bought it I couldn't enjoy it like I wanted because I couldn't buy any media anymore. I couldn't afford both.
I've only owned one Krell amp, the KAV-500, and I still use it to drive the center and surround channels of my 7.1 home theater system. It is fully balanced, but I cannot say its all class A throughout. If I had to bet on it, I'd say its class A/B. I use a hand built 2 channel Class A amp from Nelson Pass of Pass Lab audio, the Aleph J, for 2 channel duties. Before I purchased my Krell, I was using a 5 Channel Carver amp , the AV 705x, which now resides in my bedroom, and was purchased from Circuit City. I consider the KAV-500 my first dip into "highend" , but its really low end for Krell. Lets say its entry level Krell. Later, Bryston came out with its 5 channel amp, the Bryston 9b, and it was much cheaper and sonically bettered the Krell in every way. Krell lhas always been known to be over priced. When I purchased my Krell sometime around 1995, it had a matching processor, the Krell Home Theater Standard, that cost $16,000.00, and was pro-logic.
However, I auditioned it at Harvey's in midtown New York, and it had an unforgettable steely sound that the saleman tried to describe to me as being an accurate sound. But my ears told me my Sony ES processor sounded better.
I have purchased and sold equipment over the years, and I have purchased everthing I own after reading review from either Stereophile or the now defunct Stereophile Guide To Home Theater, the best ever audio/video magazine bar none. Look, I can't afford this sh_t either.
Heck, I still owe 6k on my Bryston SP3. While I never pay retail, I try to buy products that punch well out of their price range. You find this out from reviews. If Kal Rubinson endorses it, you can take it to the bank.Edited by gbaby - 12/21/13 at 8:44pm