writes Ken Kessler about the S-550i integrated amplifier in the July issue Hi Fi News. This is the first published review of the S-550i and it received the magazine’s Outstanding Product status. Please see below for more highlights and links to the full review.
“Without hesitation, I nominate the S-55Oi as a perfect choice for those who want unbridled power yet will not or cannot house two components. It is a beast of an amp, such that I think I’ve found something currently available to drive even Scintillas. Yes, that kind of beast.”
“This was a solid-state amplifier free of the brittle, of the glassy, of the jarring.”
“lt was a perfect, seamless, Spectorian wall of sound, stretching from wall to wall, rather than throbbing as a round mass in the centre.”
“The sound of this minimalist recording, of a voice I have heard from but two feet away, was as satisfyingly real as one could hope to experience.”
“… the Krell remain collected, unruffled, even suave – if an amplifier can exhibit such a trait.”