Tuesday, 01 April 2003
buffs may remember the name Krell from the movie "Forbidden Planet,"
where the Krell were the most powerful race of an alien civilization.
Krell Industries, manufacturer of some the world’s most exotic AV
equipment, named its company after this superior species. Like Morbius,
another “Forbidden Planet” character who sat in front of the Krell’s
computer terminal trying to understand their science, I sit in front of
Krell’s amplifier, learning about its science.
The amplifier I’m talking about is the Krell FPB (Full Power Balanced)
400cx, Krell’s latest “mid-priced” offering in the FPB stereo amplifier
line-up, priced at $10,500. The 400cx is rated at 400 watts per channel
into eight ohms, 800 watts in four ohms and 1600 watts into two ohms.
Upon unboxing the Krell FPB 400cx, I was immediately struck by its
build quality. Weighing in at 110 pounds and measuring 19 inches wide,
10.3 inches tall and 19.7 inches deep, this ...