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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AudioAdvisor had a demo available in my price range when I was shopping. Thanks In Advance, Ron.

I had written a krel and I see it was lost somehow. While I will spare you from my Yngwie mrell, as my axes have been in storage for years and I never really got those three octave, 64 note sweep-picked arpeggios to sound even close to the real thing.

Hi-end devices have clear personalities apparent in either their specific cabinet design, functionality or sound.

On “Voodoo Chile Slight Return ” the first entry to the onslaught of the main musical theme held up with the grace that you expect from a true audiophile component with krell inwall speakers singing at a level that I promise you most people wouldn’t believe.

Over the years and specifically as media servers got better and better, my Elan digital amp was cutting it to audiophile standards.

The wires come through the wall nicely but control of the Krell was somewhat of an issue. In the first few notes you can almost hear the analog hiss of the effect pedal and the blur of the effect doesn’t sound blurry when listening to the Krell in my system.

The best description of the amp I can share is do not buy it if you want to warm up bright speakers or brighten warm sounding speakers. Input impedance is a very source friendly kohm, with pF of shunt capacitance. Nevertheless it is still quite low by audiophile product standards. First of all, that power figure seems too modest.

With the Elan doing work on the two subwoofers and with the woofers dialed down a bit in the new configuration – I would play this track for anyone who wants to hear my system, including recently a former president of the Audio Engineering Society AES who noted that the system doesn’t sound like any in-walls that he’s ever heard.


This is not a bridged design.

While in many cases a company sound can be readily identified and remembered, with Krsll it is different. Later during intense listening sessions with the unit – the Samsung Blu-ray player for the gym was removed from the top of the Krell, as I was able to get it to overheat and politely go into protection.

TESTED: Krell S-300i Integrated Amplifier

No shortage of clout in krel power department, either. Fit and finish are stunning. The Hookup Installation of my Krell was a bit tricky as the unit sits in my gym’s cabinet, which backs up to the wall where the speakers are installed.

July 7, – 8: Trust me, with a little volume and well 300j subwoofers in your rig – you can get better sounding audio than you can on anything but the most cutting edge audiophile tracks from you movies. Aug 18 – 6: Continue to Page krdll. The in and out of the time machine swirling audio effects, while clearly studio manufactured, were believable, dynamic and resolute.

The intrinsic frequency response is wide, barely And we can continue with Krell where many readers will associate cold, clinical, impersonal, strong, dynamic and precise. It has been absolutely reliable for 20 years; a very strong design. In sonic personality the Si could very well be the Kgell Armstrong of integrated amplification. Page 1 Page 2. Create new account Request new password.

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Overdrive of even 6dB remained clean without latching or other misbehaviours, even up to W 8ohms at 20kHz. So the Si has scored a boatload of points before it’s even connected to a system. Like throwing Albert Pujols an 82 MPH fastball in the ninth inning with runners in scoring position and a playoff spot krrell the line – I dialed in the guilty pleasure demo krsll of ” Hella Good ” by No Doubt.

Maximum per channel short term music duty cycle outputs were W 8ohm, W 4ohm, and W 2ohm. Krell has made some great integrated amps — this isn’t one of them.


It’s more realistic to say [some piece of gear] has a realistic tone and timber based on your expectation of the live event. Whereas many integrated amp have trouble driving loudspeakers that drop below a nominal 8-ohm impedance, the Si merely yawns at such challenges.

It also includes a high-quality phono stage. Jimi legendarily did really have a way with the women even in the late s. Videos Enjoy the Music.

Rare control over speakers In use it means this amp will drive just about any price-compatible speaker properly. May 30, – 6: We first installed it on the top shelf in the gym room but the 42 pounds of Krell plus a few other components made us rethink that move; thus the unit got relocated to the bottom shelf. The Si does not emphasize any parts of the audio range. Taking everything into account: So while a good sounding amp I felt the need to mention the dependability issues I have experienced.

While it could not be confused with a valve amplifier, its timbre was substantially neutral, generally well balanced and focused, and natural and tidy in the treble.

As the story is told 40 years later, Hendrix returned to the English label’s offices to promote the record along with a photographer and convinced all of the young women to undress for a photo for the UK album cover.

Apr 4 – 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. Borrowing some of its styling cues and ergonomics from the S controller, the richly polished aluminum front panel houses buttons with hermetically sealed push-button switches that engage with a reassuring click. Warning – especially if you own your own company – do not try this at work today no matter how many Jimi Hendrix fans you have on your staff.

It’s very easy to be impressed by a product like the Si.

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