Krell is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music.
What else to know about the Krell KPS 25s?"I just got this piece this afternoon. I have Krell FPB 350MC amps, and the Sonic Frontiers Line 3 was a good match (or so I thought). The KAV 300 CD sounded as good, but different than the Levinson #39, a little leaner. But I felt something was missing. I have Watt Puppies, 5.1 version, and they were sounding thin and compressed. I was worried that if I went all solid state I'd lose musicality and bloom - I felt like this piece was a real risk as I hadn't heard it with the 24/96 version. BUT the minute music started coming through the speakers, I was BLOWN AWAY. All of a sudden the system didn't sound compressed - it was expressive and insanely detailed and musical. The soundstage widened considerably, but was more focused. I heard a lot of stuff I hadn't heard before, better separation, micro-dynamics. But it wasn't the least bit analytical - this thing spoils you. It's gorgeously built, even the wooden inner box it ships in is really nice. This thing isn't even broken in, and it completely stomped the Line 3 - I am not missing anything except the glow of the tubes. Sure, it's expensive, but with other (fairly expensive) stuff (Line 3 is 5 grand), I was never happy. Basically, this piece embodies the Krell ideology - superb, state of the art sound, but without the typical "hi-end" lack of reliability and clunkiness. An analogy - it's like it was engineered by the Germans, the Italians voiced it, Americans built it, the French gave it soul and the Japanese made sure it worked! Just for fun, I hooked up my $800 Sony DVD 7700 to the Coaxial DAC inputs to hear the difference, using the new Steely Dan "Two Against Nature" DVD as a reference. Mindblowing - now it sounds like a $5000 DVD player. Smooth and dynamic. No problems hooking up, recognized it immediately. If you don't have good cables (I have Synergistic Research Designer Ref, this review is without CAST connections which I'll try in the next few weeks), great speakers and amplification, I guess buying one of these will cause a chain reaction of purchases as you get gear that measures up to the KPS25sc. Luckily, it was the last stop in my upgrade quest which has taken place over two years. If you can swing it, buy this and stop worrying about DVD Audio. It is upgradeable so hopefully "future proof". Sure you may need a separate transport for DVD-A or SACD, but the DAC will bring any associated digital equipment up several large notches. Thanks Krell! Now sell it for 10 grand and I'll be even happier :)" - AudioReview
Brief History of McIntosh
Long mapped-to Binghamton New York – the current headquarters and manufacturing center for Krell Labs – not many people know the brand was originally launched outside of the Nation’s Capital in Silver Spring Maryland, in 1949. In 1956, the brand built their original facility in New York, according to the official brand website.
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