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The main area that stood out for me was a slight treble emphasis, which appeared to foreshorten the sense of soundstage depth and to accentuate very slightly, the upper registers of brass instruments and the human voice. Moreover, the individual instruments and performers were rendered cleanly and distinctly. That said, it is my opinion that although the precision of focus offered by the Krell was commendable, there are amplifiers out there that are even more precise in their image specificity.

This was evident on both electric and acoustic bass and on all manner of drums. These kinds of levels did cause the Krell to emit quite a bit of heat from the top of its vented cover, so please allow for adequate ventilation when installing this unit in your system. The massed vocal fortissimo was brighter and less dimensional than it could have been. Keep in mind however that this trait can be either exacerbated or eliminated by choices in your ancillary gear and wiring.

It is generally held that separate preamps and power amps especially those with separate power supplies offer performance advantages over their integrated single-chassis counterparts. It played my inefficient ET LFT-8a speakers at louder levels than I could comfortably tolerate, with no sign of strain or loss of composure.


As I observed, the KAVi does exhibit personality traits that will make it a more synergistic match for some systems than for others. It combines a high-quality full-function preamp with a good-sounding brute of an amplifier, on a single chassis.

First off, let me say that this is a very powerful amplifier. Here we have a handsome high-power amplifier that offers a full array of control facilities, including infrared remote control.

So I guess the question is: Add to this the convenience of remote control and you end up with a very attractive product. Nevertheless, they sounded great–right up to the point where they began to buzz.

Krell KAV-500i 2 Channel Integrated Amplifier

Though the Krell offers very impressive bass performance, at times I thought that the lower midrange was mildly reticent. For protection, there is a line fuse as well as left and right speaker fuses.

Essentially, this provides a bypass loop, to work in conjunction with a surround sound processor. Accordingly it is always best to arrange for a home audition with this or any prospective new equipment whenever possible.

Fortunately, this slight treble emphasis 500ii not accompanied by any hardness or edge, which made 50i much more palatable and forgivable. But an increasing number of high-end companies are offering integrated stereo amplifiers, though not many of them can boast the high-power output available in the Krell KAVi.

It boasts solid construction and sedate contemporary styling.


Proprietary Krell output and driver transistors are supported by a 2-kVA-power supply, with a toroidal transformer. Ascending the frequency spectrum, the KAVi seems competent enough, displaying smooth detailed sound with no gross deviations, though it does have a “personality” all its own.


The preamp outputs are convenient 50i that they can be used to control the level of powered subwoofers, or to run a second stereo power amp for bi-amplified speaker systems.

If you have a system that tends toward brightness, this unit may not be your cup of tea.

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This detracted a little from the overall transparency and the harmonic integrity of the presentation. This will assure copious dynamic headroom for compressionless reproduction of any type of source material in most installations. Looking at my own stereo system, a bi-amped system, with separate amps, line-stage preamp, phono preamp, separate DAC and transport, a few power supplies, power-line filters and a ridiculous maze of cabling to hook it all together, I can appreciate the single-box approach.

In addition to the 5-way binding posts for the speakers, there is a pair of tape output jacks and a set of single-ended preamp outputs. The amplifier kva puts out Watts per channel into 8 Ohms and Wpc into 4 Ohms. While this worked to enhance detail and lyric comprehension, it krelk the timbre slightly.

An IEC connector is located on the rear panel for use with detachable power cords. However rather than spilling the beans here and now, I prefer to leave a trail for “those-who-dare,” to follow