Krell KAV-250CD CD Players

4.06/5 (18 Reviews) MSRP : $2350.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gene9p a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2003

Bottom Line:   
a terriific cd player....does have some quirks ...will not play cdrs....and so far has refused to play one pre-recorded cd....my rotel rdd980 transport is staying in my setup because of these quirks, but that is saving me from being ripped off by the absurd trade in or sale offers I have been receiving for such a quality transport...that being said, I have to admit that the sound from the 250cd is breathtaking, the detail brings out the best in my Nautilus 805s, I find my self playing all my cds just to experience how great they sound,the unit is very solidly built, a little red display light comes on when playing HDCDs, which also sound terriffic , uses Pacific Labs processing for HDCDs,....quirks aside, this cd player is highly recommeded, there are some great deals popping up on Audiogon for this player....it is money well spent and mine was 950 which at this point I feel was a real steal...one listen to this player and you will understand

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   audiogon



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

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is my first Krell product and my first serious audiophile purchase. I auditioned 6-7 different cd players and no player is more honest and thorough. The build quality is second to none. It also offers the ability to upgrade to a seperate DAC. My one concern is that lesser quality cds sound like just that, second rate. I am in the process of buying a turntable, so I will write back with a comparison.

But as far as Hi Quality cds such as XRCD, hdcd and the like, no player plays them better.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   AudioClassics



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by neil goldman a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
wonderfully natural sound.
this machine can bring out an amazingly detiled sound without any fatigue.
a true quality krell product.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   used



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

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I recently bought a factory reconditioned KAV-250cd to upgrade from my Rotel player. The rest of my system consists of the Krell KAV-300i integrated and B&W CDM7SE speakers. I love the sound of the player; compared to the Rotel player the sound is fuller (dramatic difference in mid-bass) and in fact the system sounds a bit warmer with the Krell. I noticed the comment from one reviewer about the problem of reading discs. I too have experienced this, but not to the same degree. About 10% of the time, my player will not start properly at the first track - it will often skip to the 17 second mark or so. If I restart (with or without reinserting the disc), the problem usually does not recur. However, I do have one disc that always skips to the 17 second mark, and this disc plays just fine on the Rotel player. The problem has not been bothersome enough for me to send it in for service though.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   spearit sound



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Thomas Hahn a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I bought my first unit in 1998, together with a KAV 300i amplifier and JmLab Megane speakers. At first things were fine, everything needed to settle in (aka break in), and the look and feel of the Krells certainly constituted a positive element of our living room. The remote is a bit on the flimsy side, but one can order the brick heavy aluminium remote, which amplifies the perceived solidity of the equipment.
Well, and this is were I deviate from all other reviews, things started to turn bad after about 4 or 5 months, when a disproportionate percentage of my CDs (some old, many new) wouldn't load, and the player wouldn't read any information off the inserted CD, let alone play the first title, or any title, for that matter. I took it into the shop, they confirmed the situation (we were using a 300CD as an aletrnative, which had no problems whatsoever with the CDs the 250CD had rejected to read), and shipped the unit, together with one of those particular CDs, to Krell. Well, Krell service calibrated the laser lens and the underlying mechanism to exactly that one CD, which was nice, but it didn't solve the overall problem. It continued to refuse to play much of my favorite music. In my desparation I started to hook up our Sony DVD player to the 300i to get any music at all, and had the shop exchange the 250CD. A new unit came indeed, and had much the same problem right from the start, though not as bad as the old one. I am unhappy to report that this second player now puts me into the same situation in that it refuses to recognize or play CDs which I just bought, say, last week. My peace of mind is really quite disturbed at this point, and if somebody else out there has had a similar problem with these players (serial # starts with 9599...), please let me know.
The sound is otherwise quite fine, lively, and detailed, though I have heard better single box players, too (Audio Research for example). But I am not complaining about the sound, it is the reliability of a unit I have payed deerly for, and which does not keep its promise. I am very disappointed, and actually think of dumping the 250CD in exchange for a decent Quad or Meridian. Any suggestions on the cause of this recurrent problem are welcome (yes, the laser lens is cleaned regularly!)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999

Purchased At:   2400




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