Krell KAV-400xi Integrated Amplifiers

4.21/5 (14 Reviews) MSRP : $2500.00


Product Description

200W x 2 into 8 ohms, 400W x 2 into 4 ohms, 1 pair XLR inputs, 3 pair RCA inputs, 2 speaker outputs, preamp output, tape loop, 12V trigger, remote control.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dmitchell a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2014

Bottom Line:   
The Krell house sound at an affordable price. If you really dig solid state sounding amps, or have ridiculous speaker loads, and don't want separates, this is a good place to start and finish.

http://audioreview.ca/default.aspx?pagename=review&reviewID=7509

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2008



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AVMaster a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Great Krell sound at unbeatable price! The first noticeable difference you will find with this amp would be proper reproduction of bass details. Bass is simply tight and fastly detailed. Mids and Highs are also extremely detailed without harshness nor fatique, perfectly warm yet everything is there. Difference is subtle on the Mids and Highs, but Krell bass just fills up the whole sound spectrum which draws the listener to be more involved in depth. I listen to all music from opera (Katherleen Battle) to Electronic (Bonobo, Pendulum) and everything in the middle (Jazz, R&B, Classical, Ambience, Drum & Bass etc) and 400xi plays all of my favorites so smoothly and completely in full. It never sounds offensively hard on your ears at all casually moderate listening levels.

I have gone through a number of raved amps: Macormack DNA125, Proceed AMP2, Musical Fidelity, Krell 100S, Adcom, Nakamichi PA7. I say among all of these amps, my pick was Proceed AMP2 which was very detailed and sweet sounding (two seperate troidal power transformer per channel) at reasonable price, of course until I heard this baby Krell. KSA 100S offered thunderous bass and antique warm sound (Macormack was too warm in this aspect, had to let it go), but it was way too big and bulky (I would have kept it if it was smaller, and newer). Adcom was just too muddy, but powerfull, Nakamichi looked great and sounded very musical (but big size). Above all, this modern interpretation of Krell has the smallest footprint and best design with 100% sturdy aluminum finish (entire case), offering solid bass (evolved bass, it's not the good old thunder Krell, but I wouldnt say less) and full detail without attacking your ears. Also, power is always in reserve (I run Martin Logans, powerful enough to make them cry). You wont be disappointed.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ren9328 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2009

Bottom Line:   
This review is based upon the 300iL the twin of the 400xi minus the selector knob. I have also posted a more extensive review under the 300iL link. Do not believe the Krell detractors. These units at the prices that you can get them for are a steal. They absolutely trounce 99% of the other integrateds that I have owned (Naim, Consonance, YBA, Bryston, etc.). It also bests all of the separates that I have been thus far able to afford (McCormack DNA .5, Bryston 2B, PS Audio 4.6 Preamp). I understand that these are not ultra high-end but they destroyed the NAD, Parasound, Rotel, Adcom, and B&K equipment that I have previously owned.

In summary the KAV 300iL is not a taste of the high-end, it is what I truly believe that the high-end is all about.... Pursuit of pure, sweet music.

ENJOY!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dkzzzz a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2008

Bottom Line:   
KAV stands for Krell Audio Video. So no audiophiles need to apply. This space heater sounds like his name implies. Great tight bass and artificial distorted treble that does not come even close to natural sound.
The best way to describe Krell KAV 400 sound would be: It sounds like Bose . There is no meat or middle between happy bass and miserable treble. On complex recordings you would be able to hear soloist and drums orchestra will sound like a moshpit . If you are planning to hook it up to big screen TV and watch Batman movies then it is ok . However no serious music lover should touch this electronic experiment.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Agon



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by naimfiend a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2008

Bottom Line:   
This is the second time I owned this beautiful amp. The first time I sold it because I did not understand what Krell was trying to do with this amp. I bought a 300i instead because it produces more bass. The 400xi is actually a much more refined amp and not as coarse as the 300i. The bass articulation is superb and the damping is very good with little overhang. High frequency extension is very good and produces a very airy sound. Last but not least, the design and finish is awesome.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $2000.00




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