This review first appeared in the July issue of hi-end hifi magazine High Fidelity of Poland. You can also read this review of the Krell Si in its original . All: Any critiques or recommendations for the Krell Si Integrated? The thing apparently weighs a ton and delivers: Watts into 8 ohm The very first thing that impressed me about this ‘first from China’ Krell (origin unambiguously printed on the rear panel), was the sheer mass of the packed unit .
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It could kick hard and play really loud into loads above 3ohms. I was never a fan of their ss integrated amplifiers mostly because they demanded high-class expensive loudspeakers and sources to sound right.
In sonic personality the Si could very well be the Lance Armstrong of integrated amplification. I am not interested in another amp just the return of my Krell Si.
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Krwll had a demo available in my price range when I was shopping. Visiting the website, they apparently no longer make traditional dual-mono integrateds. It even has two power switches for the two amplifiers, which are totally independent of each other. They do seem to be a mixed bag. I am not looking to replace my Creek Evolution 50A, but I can get this Krell for the same price I paid for my Creek if it is really worth the trouble.
I own several pair of speakers and soundstaging also varies with the speakers in use.
Of course the room extends another 8 feet for the dining area. It is certainly not two dimensional as earlier Krell int. For a typical 10W swept distortion graph, most of the frequency range measured at the inherent noise level of 0. Let it warm up for the best part of a week from new, and two qualities take pride of place.
Videos Enjoy the Music. Sep 12 – 3: Channel balance at higher settings was accurate within 0. The Si feels as solid as a brick and weighs as much as a pallet load of the things — OK, it weighs 20kg, which is mighty hefty for an amplifier of this price.
Krell S-300i Integrated Amplifiers
IR is sketchy and RF control is clearly better, but having all of your gear hard wired makes controlling a system installed in another room a lot easier and more reliable. Both amps have good soundstaging when the speakers and recordings can produce good imaging and depth.
As is customary for our own reviews, the writer’s signature at review’s end shows an e-mail address should you have questions or wish to send feedback. Nevertheless it is still quite low by audiophile product standards. The organ farther back in the mix is warm, rich, yet still detailed.
Out of curiosity I also tried the iPod interface, and the Krell handset successfully operated the iPod controls. The Krell Si has one balanced input and three pairs of single ended RCA inputs as well as – get this – an iPod input.
Chesky demo disc but 300i segues into a luscious ” brown sound ” and big Van Halen, highly produced sound – the kind of sound that has you reaching for the volume control to get more and more of. You can add top-class speed and good clarity to the list of plus points, too. The wires come through the wall nicely but control of kre,l Krell was somewhat of an issue. It’s human nature to equate quality with weight and most people will be impressed.
The Editor is wont to comment how often mass, or more specifically density, provides a useful guesstimate of possible loudspeaker performance, particularly when comparing like models in a group test. It just sounds authentically Van Halen and my friends All images contained in this review are the property of High Fidelity or Harbeth. Maybe you have a large krepl room and need to extract every watt from any amp? Fit and finish are stunning. I too read that review and found it just confused me further.
Thus harmonic information in the upper treble seems a little more earthbound, more finite. Email us and tell us why you think this product should receive a higher rating.
If I read overwhelmingly good reviews; or if it received an A rating here on Stereophile, that may warrant some financial juggling.
It also includes a high-quality phono stage.
Krell S i Integrated Amplifiers user reviews : out of 5 – 5 reviews –
Maximum per channel short term music duty cycle outputs were W 8ohm, W 4ohm, and W 2ohm. Thanks In Advance, Ron. Although I fancied that I still preferred even a cheap Panasonic battery CD player to those carefully recorded full kdell WAV files replayed via my Apple Classic, it was certainly useable for mood music and for less critical situations.