I've got the Montage two days ago and the initial experience is unbelievable.
Everything sounds amazing and fresh.
I sold the Kronos and added a bit in order to get it.
I find the Kronos stronger in two areas:
- B3 organ emulation (btw, albeit no "emulation" the Montage comes with great Farfisa, YC and Vox organ sounds!)
- rhodes (the Montage has very good "hard" rhodes sounds, but not so much for soft rhodes with no mallet sound as you have on the Kronos)
Apart from those two, in my opinion there's absolutely NO comparison in any area.
such an amazing instrument.
I don't think there's any video on youtube which really showcases the deep and diverse palette of sounds that you have on the Montage.
I also loved the fact that there are no more banks and voices. 8 optional libraries are great expandability.
The screen is also very responsive to the touch. I think it's better calibrated to use with fingers. with the Kronos I had to use a Pen. Its also very fast, just disable animation and motion blur in the settings.
Boot time - less than 10 seconds to fully playable condition. In comparison, the Kronos boots up for 2 minutes, can take longer if you load additional libraries.
Superknob is a good addition. it's a macro controller which is well implemented, such as what we have in the VST world. regarding sound morphing - this you get also with the Kronos with the X/Y joystick.
I only wonder why I can't seem to import sounds from XF's inspiration in a flash. It had some great sounds, especially the "Live Scat", and highly playable brass sounds and the nice PowerGrand (which I do have on my ES7 but I'm considering parting with it soon. I have the PLG150-DX on it but the Montage makes it already redundant).