This is the most desired model among the three KPS-20 lineup. Unlike its other two models, the KPS-20iL is a CD player, DAC and digital preamp all in one. This basically allowed the user to connect directly to a power amp for a minimalist looking setup with minimal use of cables and aesthetically, produced a very futuristic looking system. Its motorized CD transport cover was a work of art in its day and had many jaws dropping with each time the drawer slides the cover open and close. Built quality, like everything Krell made then, had that industrial grade finish that will last for years and years.
Sonically, this is still a very capable, World class sounding CD player. It may lack slightly the more detailed sound retrieval of modern day 24 bit/ 192 KHz DAC, but for the money, it will rival any CD players costing up to $5,000 now. Add the level of technology and engineering (it was ground breaking back then) it possesses, the fanatical built quality that went into the machine, the KPS-20iL is still a conversational piece in any audio system both for its class leading sound and as a pinnacle piece from Krell’s glorious past.
Cosmetically, the unit looks good for its age. Some scuff marks here and there which are age appropriate but nothing major. We don’t have the original box but will securely pack it for safe shipping. Local pickup from our store welcomed.