Krell KRC-3 Preamplifiers

4.77/5 (26 Reviews) MSRP : $3200.00


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stereo preamplifier


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by cantabile a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2008

Bottom Line:   
The sound is full, warm and clear, without edgy transients. It tends to be strong and beefy rather than mellow.
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The KRC-3 has very low noise.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   Hong Kong



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by AaronAu a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2003

Bottom Line:   
The KRC-3 replaced an Audible Illusions Modulus 3A in my system which consists of:
Arcam CD23T CD player
Mark Levinson 331 power amp
Wilson Audio Watt 3 Puppy 2 loudspeakers
Transparent MusicLink Super XL interconnect from CD to preamp, MusicLink Super XLR from preamp to amp.
Transparent MusicWave Super XL speaker cables
Virtual Dynamics, Transparent & Cardas powercables

I mostly listen to classical music and orchestra and chamber form, plus some light jazz with female vocals. My reference is live classical music as heard in a concert hall from 11th roll center, no more no less.

The Krell presented much more detail than the M3A together with much better resolution especially when using the balanced XLR connection to the power amp. The tube coloration and midrange range "over warmth" was gone, leaving a presentation that is more dynamic, airy, lively, and more real. Tonal balance was more correct. Extension at both frequency extremes far exceeded that of the M3A while delivering smooth highs and taut bottom. Harmonic integrity and timbre also bettered the M3A.

It is just so musical.

The accurate volume control with remote and a balance function enhanced the functionality.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Soundex, Willow Grov



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dennis Chan a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2003

Bottom Line:   
The review is for KRC2, not KRC3.

When I bought the KRC2, I've thought it's on the bright side. Somewhat edgy and harsh. I have used it with Spectral DNA180 (which compounded the harshness) and also ML #331. In both cases, the sound tended on the bright side... The speakers are Thile 2.3. The cables are AQ Sterling and Diamnond. So you can imagine the sound of my system...

But! I have been mistaken. The DAC that I used was PS Audio Ultralinear 2 with HDCD, but when I replaced it with a recent purchase, the Sony SCD-1, the sound balance changed dramatically! It is no longer bright and edgy. The sound is now well-balanced. Comparatively softened up and extended is the high frequency. The vocal also stands out and has vibrancy. The bass is also tremendously extended and blooms well. The sound is pleasing and life-like. I have always assume that the brightness comes from my speaker, wires, and most of all my preamp. A lot of people said KRC2 sounded bright, but I now think it is the transparent nature of the preamp that allows all the harshness of its upper stream to show through fully. I don't know how else to explain the difference. There's only one gear in my audio chain that is replaced which is the CD portion. So I now think that you must feed KRC2 with equally high-end stuff or else any harshness in the mid-fi digital front-end will simply show through!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998



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

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have used this preamp now for many years and it has not once come to mind for me to replace it. Unlike previous Krell preamps--the KRC 3 has a full bodied balanced sound.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Krell Dealer



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard Lerner a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The initial review of this Krell KRC-3 is basically positive, however; with some tweaking this pre-amp can run with the big dogs. Pure Krell, excellent build quality, easy to use remote, even in the dark. The tweaks I would surely recommend to raise this pre-amp to reference status are as follows: Bright Star air mass base with Harmonix isolation pucks between the preamp and base, and last but not least a Cobra Powersnake power cord into a PS Audio ultimate high current outlet. The tweaks transforms this preamp from good to world class. Associated equipment, Krell KSA-150, Levinson #35 dac, CEC 1X transport, Sony SACD player, digital lens and Taddeo Antidote ll for the Sacd. Cardas Golden Ref and Hovland G3 interconnects.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   HIFI Exchange




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