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Krell SACD Standard
8 Reviews
rating  3.63 of 5
MSRP  4000.00
Description: <ul> <li>Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz SACD & CD (+0.0,-0.5 dB)</li> <li>1 pair balanced XLR connectors (L, R channels)</li> <li>6 single-ended RCA</li> <li>Dimensions: 17.3 x 5.7 x 16.5 (WxHxD in inches)</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Belgarchi a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2010

Bottom Line:   
Gorgeous casing, gorgeous electronics and the best sounding CD-Player I ever listened to, with SACD and with CD, period !!!
Then, why one star? The transport mechanism is unacceptable. It fails within a few months, replacement is very expensive and useless (the new transport will fail again within months), or ultra-expensive (if I remember well, around $2,000) for the 'version 3', which is more reliable, but noisy and still fail sometimes!
Except for the version 3, not recommended.
Another (minor) minus, it is very bulky.

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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 Chuck Moore a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This is a terrific CD/SACD player. Sound easily surpasses the mass market players and betters the budget audio players such as NAD and Arcam (have owned both). However, you of course have to have the speakers/amps to hear it (using Aerial 5bs and Krell 400xi). This player is just much more analog sounding, smoother and better controlled, with more detail on RBCD and ups the ante considerably with well recorded SACDs. The player makes music much more enjoyable. It is kinda quirky though. The transport is slow to load and doesn't display the track number while playing. The unit I have is quieter than the demo player at the dealer.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $3600.00

Purchased At:   Tweeter



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

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2006

Bottom Line:   
The Krell SACD standard replaced a $500 dbx CD player from 1987. In CD mode, the two players sound very much alike. In fact, I cannot hear any difference. Even after upgrading to pure silver audiophile speaker cables and XLR interconects, there is no difference in sound quality that I can discern.

What the Krell owner is really buying is excellent industrial design, superior build quality and pride of ownership.

Many years ago a magazine called Stereo Review made the audacious claim that amplifiers, CD players and cables make no difference in sound quality. This offended audiophiles who need a hobby to tinker with, but the magazine was absolutely correct.

There are many good reasons to spend thousands of dollars on audio equipment, buy sound quality is not among them.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Spearit Sound



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jumbochang a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2005

Bottom Line:   
It is a great sound, detail, dynamic. But it is not like other Krell products, it has very bad quality I ever had. it had been sent to krell, but they never answer my email. Be aware of it, very bad design.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   audio excellence yor



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

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Krell ia a renowned icon of high end devices and systems. As a matter of fact, the SACD Standard confirms the expected sonic qualities: detail, sound stage, transient information, pinpoint definition of the instruments and dynamics. Unfortunately, it hasn't met another proverbial quality of Krell: reliability. I bought my item last September and,unbelievably, it has already got damaged twice with the same problem. The first time I waited for about two months to have it back; now i'm already waiting for one month. If you have in mind that I acquired it last September,you'll conclude that my unlucky SACD Standard has been on holiday for too long or, at least, it's like a prodigal son.
I used to read about the supreme quality of Krell's products and their super-efficient technical service and assistance. My present and practical experience contradicts those opinions. I must also refer that my amplifier is a 400 XI and it has also had a slight problem with the single-ended entries.
However, it wouldn't be fair to mention that my official dealer has a superb service. They have dealt with all the implied repair diligences and minimized all these troubles replacing my SACD Standard by a Kav 280 CD.
In short, Krell's SACD Standard sound is great but its reliability is absolutely under my expectations. Be aware of it! There have been some rumours about a considerable number of problems... I suppose it may be related with a structural defect that the manufacturer is trying hard to solve. Who knows?

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $5500.00

Purchased At:   Imacústica - Portug




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