Krell Showcase Processor Amplifiers

4.38/5 (8 Reviews) MSRP : $3599.00


Product Description

The Showcase is Krell's fifth generation surround sound preamp/processor, delivering the benefits of almost a decade of experience in the development of reference-quality High End Audio Theater (HEAT™) systems. With the latest in surround sound technologies, a proprietary digital room equalizer, and an exceptional preamplifier section, the Showcase processor extends the KAV Series' tradition of Krell engineering and affordability to a new generation.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Doug a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2016

Bottom Line:   
I recently picked one of these up off EBay for 600,00 including shipping. The HT processing is outdated but I wanted to try it for a 2 channel preamp. This replaced a 20 year Proceed PAV. Now the PAV is severely outdated, however what most people don't know is, the PAV is basically a Mark Levinson 38 preamp with a processor added on. To this day, you'll be hard pressed to find anything under 2k that will better this in 2 channel stereo.

Comparing the PAV to the Sowcase was both a pleasure and some work changing cables back and forth. I did not compare any surround processing as the Showcase clearly in more updated. In 2 channel preamp mode, both units have very good resolution, soundstage and instrument placement. I'll give the slight edge to the PAV in soundstage width, however in terms of micro dynamics, decay and sheer speed, the Showcase has a big margin. Both units produced well extended, taught and tonally accurate bass. Upper midrange and treble were a little less forward with the PAV, however I noticed more detail and separation with the Showcase. Overall I would give the edge to the Showcase as an all around better 2 channel preamp. Imagining and presentation had more dynamics, but not harsh even at higher volumes and the bass slam was typical Krell.

Bottom line: for the money this is an excellent 2 channel preamp and a somewhat outdated 7.1 HT processor.

The 2 reviewers the compared the Showcase to the B&K Sonata must be tone deaf or of course B&K dealers, fan boys or employees. I can tell you unequivocally, the B&K is not even in the same league as the Krell. First of all the analog preamp mode on the Showcase is strictly a pass- through with a gain stage and has no sonic bearing on the signal other than increase the gain. If it sounded like crap, then that's an indication that your front end components are crap.

Sources Used:
Krell Showcase
Proceed PAV
PS Audio DirectWave DAC
Wadia 850 as a transport
Krell KSA 200s Amp
Transparent Musiclink Cabling
Kimber TDGL digital cable

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by muzz777 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Fantasic in everyway! Pre-amp and processing exceeds everything on the market for the money. Nothing under $8k sounds even close. all the sonic benefits of the HTS2! Don't believe me, then go listen for yourself!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   harvey



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kris a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Just a awesome processor and a preamp! It has replaced my Proceed AVP2 and it has not missed a beat. It is very flexable and the built in EQ made a huge difference in my theater. This is one fine product by Krell...

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $2899.00

Purchased At:   local



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by raynhisaudio a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2004

Bottom Line:   
The showcase is a fantastic Home Theater processor. Was a definite major upgrade from the Accurus ACT 3 that it replaced. I am currently limited to 5 channel, but will eventually upgrade to 7.1 to evaluate the full capability of this unit. Great remote and straight forward set-up once I read the manual a couple of times (it is not intuitively obvious - gotta study). But that's where the good ends. Two channel reproduction is very weak - bass in two channel mode without a sub is non-existant. Very disappointed. Musically, it is not a very engaging piece. My old B&K Pro-10 Sonata creamed it in two channel mode. It also loses its surround mode frequently when changing satelite stations with auto-detect enabled. It simply goes silent and I have to click to another source and back again so that it resets.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   Dealer



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ray a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is a great processor for movie playback in a HTS. Channel separation and control is excellent. It is also extremely versatile from a configurability standpoint. The manual is a bit complex - it will take you a while to learn your way around within the set-up screen. Musically, I was not very impressed. Set to the "preamp" mode, it should be as close to a traditional linestage as you can get. I was disappointed by the lack of bass signal that was being sent to the main speakers, but thought maybe it was my room. I also thought that the preamp lacked the level of audiophile musical articulation that one would expect from a Krell. A friend recently lent me his B&K Pro10 Sonata and it blew the Krell Showcase away! I was floored - more soundstage, more detail, and my missing bass was back!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   dealer via web




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