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Krell KAV 300CD
39 Reviews
rating  4.23 of 5
MSRP  3500.00
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jtgofish a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I bought this player out of curiosity because it comes with a huge reputation in certain audio circles.
This is not for budget or mid-priced systems.It will reveal problems with lesser sounding components.If your speakers have rough sounding tweeters,if your power amp is a little coarse sounding or if your preamp is not really good you would be better off with something far more forgiving.For example a very decent modified valve preamp sounded a bit rough with this player whereas a Supratek Cabernet preamp which is ten times the price sounds magnificent.
In a refined and composed system this player sounds superb however.
It seems to be especially good with orchestral and rock music where it produces a big,spacious and vibrant sound but is also good with small scale acoustic music.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tron1268 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2003

Bottom Line:   
OK, Been listening to this KAV-300CD for about a week now. Old player was a Sony CDP-XA20ES. I can certainly see how some of the reviews in here complain about the brightness of this player. We'll it is bright. Much brighter than my Sony. However, the bass, clarity, and soundstage make the Sony look like garbage. Im amazed at how good this player sounds. The brightness on my system i believe is due to a interconnect mismatch. I went to Audioquest Caldera's biwired and im very happy with those. My interconnects are Nordost Blue Heaven 1 pair RCA and 1 Pair XLR. Being silver plated OFC is probably where my brightness is comeing from. Once i go to Audioquest Python's XLR for my interconnects i'm sure my brightness will disapate. I also agree with the remote comments. What a piece of crap from Krell. The remote for my KRC-2 is solid bilet aluminum. Dont know what their reasoning is. You'd figure for an MSRP of $4200 you could get a decent remote. Oh well... in short this player is awesome. My componants are as follows.

Krell KSA-150
Krell KRC-2
Krell KAV-300CD
Infinity Kappa 7.1 series 2
Audioquest Caldera Bi-wired
Nordost BlueHeaven interconnects

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Auction



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

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Looking for a quality player I auditioned Musical Fidelity's Nu Vista M3CD and Pink Triangle's latest but they were a bit dear new and I missed used deals . Having read good reviews on the Krell I searched for a bargain and found one like new . I got it mail order unheard and am happily impressed . Not harsh at all . Great bass and mid/high clarity . Voices are clear and in quiter vocal music I can literally hear the words being formed by lips and tongue and the singer breathing . Loud hard rock or quiet female vocal the Krell is sorted . I use Pink Triangle Integral and Celestion A3s and balanced connection .

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Heatherdale Audio



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by subcollector a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Having owned Krell equipment for a long time, I was looking forward to this CD player to be a simply perfect performer. It is not. The mids and high end tend toward being harsh. The bass is not typically powerful Krell bass. The HDCD capabaility is a nice plus, but there are very few of these discs available. Somewhat dissapointing.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile



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

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is just a wonderful cd-player. No matter what kind of music you like, this player will handle it. Compared to the new KAV 280cd, the KAV 300cd sound more alive. More open treble, the mids are more natural and the bass has more slam. The KAV 280cd is not a bad player by far, but the KAV 300cd is closer to the Krell Class A series. If you find this player; buy it. If you already have the Krell KAV 300cd; DON´T SELL IT!!!!!

Some of my system:
Balanced Audio Technology VK60
Krell KAV 300CD
MIT Terminator2 Biwire
Harmonic Technology Truth-Link RCA
Klipsch Reference speakers

The future preamp will is the BAT VK30, and the Klipsch speakers will change for the much better Audio Physic Virgo III.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Esoterisk HiFi-Swede




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