This review first appeared in the July issue of hi-end hifi magazine High Fidelity of Poland. You can also read this review of the Krell Si in its original . All: Any critiques or recommendations for the Krell Si Integrated? The thing apparently weighs a ton and delivers: Watts into 8 ohm The very first thing that impressed me about this ‘first from China’ Krell (origin unambiguously printed on the rear panel), was the sheer mass of the packed unit .

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Anytime I see a doubling or near doubling of watts when going down in resistance I can tell it’s quality engineering. Just looking kre,l any owners of Krell equipment similar to this entry level. I krrell not looking to replace my Creek Evolution 300l, but I can get this Krell for the same price I paid for my Creek if it is really worth the trouble.

I think of Krell, I think of amazing power amps. I have always heard mixed things about this units and found the reviews to be mixed. AudioAdvisor had a demo available in my price range when I was shopping. The Si creates a massive sound stage and populates it with well-focused instruments and vocals.

I think WhatHiFI is an excellent source too It looks like a very attractive purchase spec-wise However, I am going to hold off on that purchase for now as I just don’t have the excess funds. If I read overwhelmingly good reviews; or if it received an A rating here on Stereophile, that may warrant some financial juggling. I would have purchased this; it’s just too much juggling like I said. The Krell review seemed to imply that is sounds great for instruments but doesn’t sound good on some voices.

Krell to me is like McIntosh. You want to be in the club, you need to step up and get a mainstream krdll from them. The entry point unit from Both aren’t quite up to the same level as the balance of the line. Those were very wise words regarding these “super brands”. That really puts things into perspective; and brings a fear to light: In general, ya get what ya pay for. I just sadly don’t think I will ever be able to justify the levels of expenditure required to attain the likes of Krell, Pass Labs, McIntosh, etc.

The best response is – and regulars on the board know this is one of my favorite, simple answers – Bullshit. I’ll be the first to say Krell is rarely my first pick because I’m not a fan of the “house sound”, but this is a great little integrated. I’ve heard them first hand for 3 of the 4 generations and they have always been excellent. They started at about in the late 80’s or early 90’s when they started making them and they I believe are still well under That’s a fair accomplishment in the age of the week dollar itself.

The i integrated has been a great little amp for the eternity that Krell has been making it. It’s small, runs pretty cool, looks great, and sounds good for the money.

And if it’s jrell than a few years old, if you don’t like it you’ll likely sell it for what you bought it for. It sounds significantly better than the very good Bryston amp it replaced.


I too concur Musical Fidelity produces some excellent gear. And to very briefly bring up a point I would like to clarify – I think we had a slight disagreement on a different post; I only disagreed with the Muscial Fidelity as that particular poster seemed he needed just more raw horsepower than is already generously present in the exceptional Musical Fidelity products in 300k 6-series lineup.

I have owned my Krell Si for a number of years. More than 5 years now that I think of it. Good sound that is neutral. The amp is detailed with good soundstaging. I have never tired of the sound as I did with Cambridge electronics and my Onkyo A The fact that it was assembled in China has never been an issue since this is a quality amp.

Music Direct is selling the Si at a great closeout price. Do you any other “house sounds” you can compare your Krell to or go into more detail 30i how it handles sound? For example, NAD is known as slightly “dark” and mellow, “analogue” sounding, yet very powerful for the price. Creek is known as laid back, very detailed, and “british”.

Rega is known as rhythmic and mellow with deep bass; at slight sacrifice of clarity.

I honestly do not have the opportunity to audition the Krell and am looking for more feedback as to the “type” of sound I had written a response and I see it was lost somehow.

The best description of the amp I can share is do not buy it if you want to warm up bright speakers or brighten warm sounding speakers. The Si does krell emphasize any parts of the audio range. I own the Marantz SA and it sounded too warm in my system. I had recently listened to Paradigm Studio 20’s with Simaudio Moon int.

A little too dark for my tastes. Both amps have good soundstaging when the speakers and recordings can produce good imaging and depth.

The Krell can drive any of my speakers with their power and control. A good amp can make less expensive speakers sound quite good. Reminds me of the Linn source first, good amp and budget speakers if that is all left in the budget.

I listen to all types of music from Classical to Black Eyed Peas. Jazz and Broadway musicals to folk and rock for my many moods. Chamber music and large scale music are well served. All vocal music sounds great. 300u

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Large scale groups are impressive. Guitar sounds great regardless if electric or acoustic. Drums have that quick percussive sound. Thank you for the additional comments Which is a positive trait In other words, it just does its job and amplifies the music without adding any color or other artificial effects?

My only other question, in comparison to other krel you’ve heard, is it safe to assume the Krell does a very good job at presenting an immersive sound stage? It is hard for an amp to give good detail, be transparent, and deliver an immersive “3D” soundstage. These are the reasons I am interested in what I believe to be a very strong company: Krell, to begin with.

It is certainly not two dimensional as earlier Krell int. I find that my vinyl records have greater soundstage depth than cd’s. I own several pair of speakers and soundstaging also varies with the speakers in krelo. If your speakers and recorded music are capable of a deep soundstage the amp will deliver. My Focal V’s bring another flavor to the party. All in all the amp lets the speakers perform without any undue influence. I hope this helps.


Transparent is the dumbest word in audio. The presuppositions in it’s usage just run too deep. It’s more realistic to say [some piece of gear] has a realistic tone and timber based on ,rell expectation of the live event. Given that every instrument sounds lrell or less different kdell every environment, transparent really doesn’t mean much at all.

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Now that said, my only complaint about Krell has been a dryness and lack of tone in the upper midrange and hazy hardness in the vocals. That said it lends itself z a peakiness that some call detail. To me detail is fleshed out in the realism of decay and tone. I am curious if this is from listening to the Si or other Krell equipment?

I have never experienced most of what you describe from my Krell. I suspect that 30i may set a high standard for this price, if it sounds as good as I expect it to. My Krell while sounding good has just had it’s third problem in 6 years. The first two were repaired under warranty and now this last one may kgell me out of pocket.

So while a good sounding amp I felt the need to mention the dependability issues I have experienced.

My question to you: Maybe you have a large listening room and need to extract every watt from any amp? Are you a strictly Krell fan, or have you owned other brands and used them in the same music room without incident? I have not made any purchasing decisions on my new system yet, and will not be able to start it for quite a long time, but that means I can take a lot of time researching what to buy and your feedback would be very useful.

It is an Audire Forte amplifer, which is not made any more, but it puts out watts at 4 ohms and sounds very good indeed. The physical size and weight 45 lb is about the same as the Bryston 3B-SST, and it has balanced and unbalanced inputs. It has been absolutely reliable for 20 years; a very strong design. They were designed and hand-made by a former aerospace engineer in Fountain Valley, CA named Julius, and he made several thousand of them.

He has retired now. I upgraded the input caps with the same rather expensive Dynamicaps that Audio Research is using for output coupling in their top preamps, and that made a fairly good amp into an excellent one. If you do an online search for “Audire Forte” you will see a bunch of pictures and some archive reviews.

It is a dual-mono amp, by the way.