This was handed to me by an audio enthusiast relative who moved overseas. He said he used it exclusively to play CD's and that it read most of the CDs but not all. When I tried it, it powers on and everything seems to work properly, but there are a few quirks that I noticed as follows:
1. As he said, some of the CDs are read properly and when it plays the musicality of this player is first rate (I'm an audiophile). However, some of the CDs are not read by the player and flashes "Invalid Region" sign on the display.
2. Comes with the remote, but it does not seem to communicate with the player - not sure where the problem is.
3. The display goes blank after exactly 1 minute (probably a programming issue) even though the disc continues playing.
Cosmetically the player is in very good shape. Will ship for free via USPS Parcel Post within the US very well packed with a downloaded manual. Sold as is.
Here is a review by Wes Philips about its musical performance:
You expect an $8000 DVD player to do a good job of playing DVDs -- at least, you do if you’re not too cynical. What I didn’t expect was how well the DVD Standard performed as a CD player. That’s an area where most DVD players, even expensive ones, fall short.
Not the DVD Standard. It possessed a liquidity I have not previously encountered in Krell’s digital products, which I’ve always appreciated more than loved. I’m more than a tad smitten by the Standard, however. It presented Geoff Muldaur’s Futuristic Ensemble with wall-to-wall presence when I played Private Astronomy: A Vision of the Music of Bix Beiderbecke [Edge 90702]. Rather than presenting the Ensemble as a scaled-down replica of itself, the Standard gave the musicians flesh, blood, and breath. That was particularly impressive considering that Private Astronomy is one of those reference discs that walks the borderline of shrill -- any misstep by the CD player will rob the disc of its warmth and body. The Standard made Martha Wainwright sound very much alive and very, very warm. It done good.
Of course, almost 25 years into the Age of Krell, we’ve come to have certain expectations of what a Krell component will sound like. Chief among these is impressive bass performance, and the Standard did not disappoint there in the slightest. My usual test for bass acuity is the Jerome Harris Quintet’s Rendezvous [CD, Stereophile STPH013], which, experience has taught me, will sound bass-shy unless a player can suck every bit of bass off the disc (so to speak). Well, the Standard had Jerome front and center at his own shindig, not 30 feet behind the other guys. I produced that disc, and that’s exactly what it’s supposed to sound like.