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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TESTED: Krell Si Integrated Amplifier | The Absolute Sound

It also includes a high-quality phono stage. My Focal V’s bring another flavor to the party. These are the reasons I am interested in what I believe to be a very strong company: Music through the Krell is more flesh and blood, three dimensional than with the Onkyo.

Continue to Page 2. You want to be in the club, you need to step up and get a mainstream unit from them. I own several pair of speakers and soundstaging also varies with the speakers in use. Technically, that is ideal amplifier behaviour and strongly suggests a highly specified power supply and a very robust output stage.

Lab Report The output is generous, and on test still more than claimed, eg2xW 8ohms both channels driven and W into 4ohms. Of the products in my system that I got for my birthday – the NAD integrated amp was one of the most notable components. So while a good sounding amp I felt the need to mention the dependability issues I have experienced.

June 25, – I have never experienced most of what you describe from my Krell.

If your biases tend toward the lush, florid, romantic, or, goodness knows, euphonic, the Si may not entirely win your heart. Krrell many integrated amp have trouble driving loudspeakers that drop below a nominal 8-ohm impedance, the Si merely yawns at such challenges.


And to very briefly bring up a point I would like to clarify – I think we had a slight disagreement on a different post; I only disagreed with the Muscial Fidelity as that particular poster seemed he needed just more raw horsepower than is already generously present in the exceptional Musical Fidelity products in the 6-series lineup.

July 7, – 2: While somewhat dated today, the glossy sound of “Women In Love” with what I believe to be is an MXR Phase 90 analog pedal another staple of “the brown sound” in full effect on Eddie’s guitar – the track shows a little more finesse and space which the Krell’s vast power reserve delivers in spades. Page 1 Page 2. A good amp can make less expensive speakers sound quite good. July 7, – 8: 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.

The Si does not emphasize any parts of the audio range. I could hear a velvety midrange smoothness slipstreaming alongside the speed and immediacy of this marvelous recording. No shortage of clout in the power department, either. It is not a bad amp it just does not have the drive and control of the Si. Both amps have good soundstaging when the speakers and recordings can produce good imaging and depth.

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I am currently using my. I was never a fan of their cheapest integrated amplifiers mostly because they demanded high-class expensive loudspeakers and sources to sound right. Wow I miss the Krell. Discs used for the test: Anytime I see a doubling or near doubling of watts when going down in resistance I can tell it’s quality engineering.

Out of curiosity I also tried the iPod interface, and the Krell handset successfully operated the iPod controls. For Massively powerful seemingly beyond the claimed figures impressive bass control and punch expansive and focussed imaging.

Transformer mechanical hum was low, though there was a trace of hum in the electrical noise floor. Thank you for coming back to this thread and sharing honest experiences. Nothing points to that. I mean no disrespect to the Elan as it still powers my PSB in-wall subwoofers today, but overall it didn’t ultimately have the audiophile chops to get me there, as I had moved to a fully uncompressed audio system using AppleTV with mbps files and on-screen menus via a Panasonic 50 Pro plasma calibrated by Kevin Miller.


It is a dual-mono amp, by the way. Gwen Stefani’s raspy, retro vocals quickly suck you in as the catchy chorus layers enough Gwen until you have one massively compelling mix.

August 20, – 7: Those were very wise words regarding these “super brands”. AudioAdvisor had a demo available in my price range when I was shopping. Kind Regards, Ron Ps. Output impedance averaged a low 0.

Krell Si Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

If you’re a fan of large-scale, bombastic classical music such as Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring or Holst’s Mars we think there’s much to like here. No hardening at high volumes Pleasingly, the amplifier doesn’t harden up or get aggressive when pushed really hard, so party levels are well and truly on the menu. My Krell while sounding good. Krdll Amplifier Reviews Nov Large scale groups are impressive.

And we can continue with Krell where many readers will associate cold, clinical, impersonal, strong, dynamic and precise. Against Not the most natural sounding of performers needs to be matched with care. Given that every instrument sounds 300i or less different in every environment, transparent really doesn’t mean much at all.

This system would start not just my passion for audio, but would lead to a career in specialty audio that included an early gig selling gear at Bryn Mawr Stereo en route to even more high end locales in Southern California like Christopher Hansen Ltd.