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In Reply to: RE: Krazy kwestion about older Krell preamps... posted by David S. on July 13, 2017 at 10:36:37
"I'm willing to bet that SOME of these units have line stages that are VERY similar, or perhaps exactly the same as those found in Krell's stand alone line stages of the day (which still sell for a VERY pretty penny.)"
Possibly but I wouldn't count on it because most AV processors that I know of use multi-channel electronic volume control integrated circuits and signal processing to handle multiple channels simultaneously.
A simple 2-ch preamp can get by with a quality 2-gang analog volume pot or a less complex electronic attenuator (vs an AV processor). The volume control is a key element in how a preamp sounds and in my experience a 2-ch preamp will sound better than an AV processor for 2-ch duties.
If I were in the market for a Krell preamp on the cheap I would look to the KAV-280P. They're available in black or silver and to my ears they sound slightly better than the highly regarded (and older) Krell KRC-HR. But either of these may be available in your price range. I owned the KAV-280P for a while and it was very good.
Will certainly add that data to the pile. :)
Also wish I could stumble upon a Pass Aleph P at a great price. Just missed out on a perfect one (without remote) a year or so back - sold at $450. Grrr!
IF you are using a powerfull source ie; a CDP, DAC, or most phonos then All you actually need is a Simply Volume control (pot, Attenuator ) and Wires to connect it betwixt source and Amp.
IF there are impedance match issues (sometimes there are sometimes there are not, experiment/) then a Simple Buffer (passdiy.com B1 buffer kit ~40$) .. WILL.. better or at least Equal ..Any.. premade preamp money can buy.
Won't have a sparkly shiny box or bragging rights though.
Forgive me, but in my systems, I have NEVER found that to be the case. FULL STOP.
As usual, it's all about listening preference and taste of music. Having said that, you should look into Classe processors as well as most of its preamp section design was trickled down from their costlier separate preamp model.
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