This month's TAS has a review of the Krell SACD Standard CD/SACD Player. Apparently this is a fine sounding player with a few "quirks." First, the drive mechanism is so noisy the reviewer recommends that the listener be seated at least five feet from the machine. Second, the track number disappears from the display after a few seconds while the track is playing so if you walk into the room and like what you hear you have to restart the track to figure out what it is. Oh and it takes 15 seconds to load an SACD and 25 seconds to load a CD. And two of the reviewer's CDs wouldn't play in it at all without a loud grinding noise. But don't worry, the magazine has a "Manufacturer's Comment" from Krell which explains all. Unfortunately they say that since they are not a manufacturer of transports, these "drawbacks" are a "necessary evil." They're charging $4,000 for this beauty.
Interesting you should mention that CD player. I walked into a Tweeter store a week or so ago asking directions to the nearest record store. They didn't know of one but asked what kind of equipment I was interested in. What did they have in high-end two-channel stuff? That player. It was, according to the salesman "reference level". Oh Well.
Mikey favorably reviewed this product for Stereophile HERE with no mention of any of these "quirks". He also states in the review that the unit employs the same Philips transport used in the Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista SACD player which he owns. If slow access times are inherent with this transport, they apparently don't bother Mr. Fremmer.
Concerning the disc track information access, Puleeze? There is a "display" button on the units' front panel and remote. Pressing it cycles the display between the elapsed time on the current track and the track number.
I bet Fremer was awestruck at how much faster the unit was than the time it takes cleaning and preening an LP for playback. The "relative" speed must have been dizzying for him!
Toss in any kind of "wireless" remote and I bet he was flabbergasted at the speed and convenience of this baby.
(Disclaimer: Just some analog trash talk from one LP lover to another, no disparagement intended.)
Back on the subject...those are intolerable flaws, and Krell saying "that's the nature of the transposrt" is not a proper manufacturer's retort.
Blaming one's tools is not the hi fi way. There are other transport makers, or, if one cared, it would be time to modify or order transports to spec, especially at that price.
If the Krell operates more slowly than a Best Buy universal disc layer, then Krell should be addressing this problem yesterday, not telling audiophiles, "Tough luck, thanks for your money."
I'm a happy Krell preamp and integrated owner, so my upset is more along the lines of a fan being let down by his hero rather than grinding an ax.
That is a crappy reply if they actually said that.
That is indeed what Dan D'Agostino, CEO of Krell replied in the "Manufacturer's Comments" section of the same magazine on page 134. I'm sure rgibran is right about using the remote to cycle through display modes but that certainly wasn't apparent to Fred Kaplan in reviewing the unit.