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REVIEW: Krell KAV-400xi Integrated Amplifier (SS)

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Model: KAV-400xi
Category: Integrated Amplifier (SS)
Suggested Retail Price: $2,500
Description: 200 wpc fully balanced integrated amplifier
Manufacturer URL: Krell
Model Picture: View

Review by thebordas on August 01, 2010 at 18:26:50
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This is more of recommendation than a full review. I've owned many high end systems and amplifiers over the years and the Krell 400xi was always my go to unit in-between other purchases. Recently I decided to send my 400xi to The Upgrade Company for a full signature upgrade. All I can say is that I recieved back an integrated amp that performs at such an exhalted level that I am absolutely stunned. It performs at the same level as my Krell FPB400cx/KCT combo or the FBI which I almost purchased before I did the upgrade. Anyone thinking about changing equipment out should definately call Dave Schulte at The Upgrade Company first to see if he can offer your old gear a new lease on life in the High End!!

Product Weakness: None that are important.
Product Strengths: After upgrade, state of the art resolution, dynamics, tonality, soundstaging and dimensionality.

Associated Equipment for this Review:

Amplifier: Krell 400xi
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Modwright Sony XA5400ES
Speakers: Maggie 3.6R
Cables/Interconnects: MorrowMA6/MIT M3.3 Spkr
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 20th century classical/jazz
Room Size (LxWxH): 20 x 18 x 7
Room Comments/Treatments: acoustic tiles/carpet/soft furnishings
Time Period/Length of Audition: 4yrs stock/1month upgraded
Other (Power Conditioner etc.): Transparent MM/Audioquest
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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