I am planning to purchase an integrated amp and need advice about the Krell 300i vs Moon I5. After listening to each at different dealers, I was favorably impressed by both. I listen mostly to rock/blues at reasonable SPL in my smallish (15x14x9) living room, however I like to crank it up once in a while. I will run the amp with CDM1SEs for now and plan to upgrade my CD and cabling shortlly also. My initial impressions were: Moon - Open, detailed, great imaging, but may run out of gas at higher levels, Krell - Clean and powerful with great tight bass, but maybe less detail and imaging at lower listening levels which I would normally operate the unit. Let me know what your opinion is of these units along with any other that you think I should be considering. Thanks.
Thanks for the advice everyone.
I used to own both. Here is my $0.02. If you want to play louud, Krell is it. Otherwise, Sim I5 is the one to get. Put aside the dynamic and power, I5 sounds very close to my current P5/W5 combo.
The Moon I5 should have no trouble driving the CDM 1 SE which as I remember is 90 db/watt or more efficient.
I own a Moon I5 and Spendor SP 1/2 speakers which are 88 db/watt efficient with high impedance. I can play music at symphonic levels with Olympian crescendos without a hint of strain. I love the Moon I5 which beat out a YBA integre DT (also very good) for a place in my system.
I don't think power will ever be a factor with the Moon I5 unless you go to speakers below 86 db/watt or with very low impedance.
A friend of mine was having a similar problem, he finally switched to the Berning ZH 270 as a compromise for power and clariity.
How about the Plinius 8200 integrated? Lots of power for you.
I had a Krell 300i for a while, and then switched to the Plinius 8150 (predecessor to 8200), and the difference was that the Plinius had everything Krell had plus delicacy in the mids and an even stronger bottom end on my speakers (silverline Audio SR15). Also, i dislike Krell's shoddy workmanship! the interconnect connections at the back come off if your interconnects are too tight.. that's just horrible.
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