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Old 12-07-2018, 08:03 PM
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Default XD upgrade anyone?

KRELL is offering to upgrade their recent audio equipment (for a price of course) to "XD".

Their new stuff includes the new XD upgrade of course..hence the upgrade offer for older models.

Has anyone sent theirs back yet for the upgrade??
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Old 12-11-2018, 04:41 PM
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I just recently picked up a Theater 7, which has terrific sound. I might consider this upgrade some time in 2019 :-)

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Old 12-13-2018, 04:30 PM
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I'm curious about this, too. I've got a Chorus 3200 amplifier eligible for the XD upgrade.
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:22 PM
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Hi guys..There was no way I wasn't going to send my Krell Duo 300 back for the upgrade.I am too OCD and I wouldn't be able to sleep not knowing how that upgrade is...LOL...So I sent mine back already last friday 12/7..I loved the sound before..I can't really imagine what it will sound like after they upgrade it. BUT I HAVE TO KNOW..LOL..I will report back to you!!.They said I should get it back before 12/25
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:37 PM
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Masterlu, thanks for the welcome.

michael paul, I hear you. Audio and OCD are a dangerous combination. It's tough to ignore the potential for upgraded performance. I hope it's worthwhile!
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Old 12-27-2018, 01:33 PM
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Hi guys..There was no way I wasn't going to send my Krell Duo 300 back for the upgrade.I am too OCD and I wouldn't be able to sleep not knowing how that upgrade is...LOL...So I sent mine back already last friday 12/7..I loved the sound before..I can't really imagine what it will sound like after they upgrade it. BUT I HAVE TO KNOW..LOL..I will report back to you!!.They said I should get it back before 12/25
Did you get the amp back yet? If so, what do you think???

Thanks,
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Old 12-28-2018, 09:07 AM
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Hey guys,

I sent my krell duo 300 back for the XD upgrade on dec 7 and it was returned by Christmas, as promised by Patrick B in the krell service tech dept, on the 20th.

Let me go right to the conclusion: In my system,I believe that the XD upgrade was worthwhile.

I'll be honest. I took a gamble. I've used the combination of krell amps, martin logan speakers, meridian cd players and tubed preamps for the last three decades. That is my comfort zone type of system and sound.

I haven't sampled many different different brands of amps. In my area , dealers seem to push Mac so choices are limited. Mac is a little too relaxed for me.

Initially ,before I heard of the upgrade, I thought this amp was"good" but I did get the bug to maybe try ARC or PASS.

Then I got word of the upgrade. I felt if I got an improved sound as promised for the $1400 (incl shipping) then I would be actually saving money from trading in my amp and rebuying a new amp. That surely would have cost thousands. And there was no guarantee THAT would have been worth it.

Anyway, my thoughts.

I really was bracing myself for a disappointment. When I reconnected the amp I expected to struggle and really have to focus and concentrate to hear what they did.

That was not the case. I heard "a difference " in a matter of seconds.

I hear more depth, more "natural sound" of instruments and many of my familiar recordings are revealing a few surprises.

As I was listening, I actually felt that THIS is the way the amp should have been in the first place!

Is it dramatic? No but definitely noticeable. I really do enjoy the amp more.

I feel it is not a warm fuzzy tubey amp. But,it is very revealing, dynamic, handles low impedances very well, has tons of power. I can listen with no fatigue.

I would never push anyone to spend money. This is my personal circumstance and we all have different audio systems.

In summary, IMHO,a good amp got better. I think the upgrade scratched my itch. And in the long run it actually saved me some scratch.
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