|Krell F.B.I. (Fully Balanced Integrated) Integrated Amplifier|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Integrated Amplifiers|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Friday, 01 December 2006|
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I can’t find anything bad to say about the way the FBI sounds, no matter how hard I try. There is no question that Krell has their sound, and to me, their sound sounds good. Alas, there is no such thing as the perfect component, and the FBI, as good as it is, is not perfect. In a perfect world, the FBI would not run as hot as it does. During my listening sessions, I could feel the heat coming off the FBI when I walked by. Those of you with small children and/or animals should take the necessary precautions to avoid any potential heat-related injuries. Placing the FBI in a well-ventilated and “off limits” area would solve a lot if not all of these potential pitfalls.
I would also have changed the remote control. Aesthetically, the remote is more in line with the last generation of Krell products rather than the new Evolution line. Lastly, I would have added additional inputs, as I have more two-channel sources than the Krell has inputs.
Krell’s FBI is, by far, the best integrated amplifier I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. If you can scrape together the funds necessary to purchase it, you owe it to yourself to give it a serious audition. I felt that the FBI could handle anything I threw at it with great detail, accuracy and ease. It performed as well as expected in many areas, and even better in others, particularly the higher frequencies. Its soundstage was portrayed with excellent scale and space. The individual instruments were reproduced in a palpable manner that provided a greater sense of realism previously unheard of with other integrated amps. When listening to the FBI, it was easy to close my eyes and picture the musicians in front of me and it did nothing to get in the way. I felt like I consistently had a seat close to the front of the stage, near enough to hear each individual instrument, yet far enough away for them to came together. The FBI is truly one of those products that, if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford it, makes a statement in more ways than one.