The Vanguard was Krell’s offering to the audiophile who wants an all-in-one component. It is essentially an integrated amp that can be fitted with the optional DAC board which then expands its ability to accept HDMI, Toslink, Coaxial and USB digital signals. Previous owner didn’t need that so this unit was ordered without the DAC board. As an integrated amp, the Vanguard is like a “sleeper muscle car”. Within its stylish fascia lies a 200W per channel “heart” which will double up into 400W in 4 ohms. When placed side by side with our other integrated amps, the Krell exhibited more gusto, more bass slam and a more full bodied sound. Its almost 80% of that Phantom III and EVO 2250e pairing that we also have for sale. So if your budget is tight or have limited space on the rack to fit a pre and power and have always wanted to take a dive into Krell, the Vanguard is an affordable nifty package to take a stab at.
Cosmetically, there are some very minor scuff marks from being used but nothing major. Original remote and box is included and you can download the manual from Krell’s website. Some text on the display may be missing the last row but works fine when displaying other text messages. Its limited to a few text message but display panel seems to work fine with most test displays. Unit will be securely packed for safe shipping.