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Krell KAV-250cd/2 (HDCD) CD Player

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Krell KAV-250cd/2 (HDCD) CD Player

Post by kk_key on Sat May 12, 2018 2:00 pm

Item :               Krell KAV 250 MK2 (HDCD) CDP
Remote :          Compatible Marantz remote control. Original RC (not working) will be provided as well.
Condition :        8.5/10 (in mint cosmetic and working condition)
Price :               SOLD
Contact:            012-211-1470  (WhatsApp is preferred)









Audiogon wrote:Excellent cosmetic and working condition Krell KAV 250/2 CD player. One of the best analog sounding CD players that I've owned - They come up for sale very rarely. The KAV 250/2 sold for $3250 new and should not be confused with the older KAV 250 CD Player; of greatest importance, the DAC and analog output were greatly enhanced. This 250/2 is also newer technology than the KAV 300 CD; confusing since a lower model number typically indicates an older product. Actually, the KAV 250/2 and the KAV 280 are of the same generation and cost the same new but they feature completely different styling. The KSA 250/2 is the older more solid looking Krell style, while the KAV 280 went over to the next generation style of some of their new home theater products that look like flimsy sheet metal instead of the massive machined aluminum face plates still characteristic of Krell gear. I have to believe this is the best example of one of the best "resonably" priced CD players ever made - unless you could somehow find new old stock!

Audiogon wrote:The original 250cd had a very cheap and noisy Sanyo transport mechanism that gained quite a reputation for bad tracking. My suggestion is to stay away from this model. I had one for a few months and had nothing but trouble with it(not reading and/or skipping tracks of discs I never had any problems with before).
Although looking almost exactly identical, internally the 250cd/2 is very different from the original 250cd. For one thing the transport was a much better unit sourced from Philips (I don't remember the exact CDM modelnumber), while the analog circuitry was upgraded to Krell's Current Mode technology similar to the circuitry used in the 300cd. Consequently the 250cd/2 was about $1k more expensive than the 250cd, which in turn instigated a similar price increase of the 300cd. It has only been in production for a very short period of time, before Krell revamped the KAV-line and introduced the 280cd.
The 300cd is a rather more substantial unit fitted with a TEAC VRDS transport mechanism. I have used the 300cd for a couple of years and can vouche for its reliability.
All three units share the same Burr Brown PCM-1704 DAC chips (one per channel in each case) as well as the ubiquitous PMD-100 HDCD filter chip.

Soundwise I have compared the original 250cd and the 300cd and I would say that although they have a similar sound balance, the 300cd has substantially more (and better) bass as well as a more refined and extended treble. But probably due to the Teac transport the 300cd has a more measured and relaxed performance, rhythmically perhaps a bit on the slow side. The 250cd was lighter on its feet, but rhythmically also rather confused and unsettled.

Although I haven't heard it, from what I've read the 250cd/2 might just be the best choice of these three players, combining the premium digital and analog circuitry of the 300cd with the rhythmic agility of the Philips transport.

Although there are better cd players around today, for the price they now cost on the used market, both the 250cd/2 and the 300cd offer good value IMHO. The 300cd has been longer in production and therefore should be easier to find. Due to the complete restyling of the KAV range you can even find new units for very low prices. In case of a new unit, let it cook for at least a weeks on constant repeat before passing any judgment. These things sure take their sweet time to burn in properly.

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