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Krell Resolution 2 Loudspeakers Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 December 2004
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Krell Resolution 2 Loudspeakers
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The Downside
Despite the obvious care and quality that was integrated into the design of the Resolution 2 loudspeakers, they face considerable competition in their price range. There are numerous options that are currently priced between $6,000 to $10,000, each offering unique strengths and weaknesses that must be considered for each application.

Although impeccably finished, Krell currently only offers the Resolution Series in a cherry veneer, making it considerably more difficult to match with a specific décor. While I can understand the financial necessity of limiting excessive options for any manufacturer, a single wood color will eliminate certain potential buyers. (Note: Krell will soon be offering the Resolution 2 in a black finish.)

Finally, though Krell indicates that the Resolution 2s can be powered by a 125 watts per channel amplifier, I found a much better match with amplifiers outputting in excess of 200 watts.

For decades, Krell Industries Inc. has been acknowledged as an innovative, ultra-high-quality audio design and manufacturing company, recognized throughout the world. Their recent entrance into the loudspeaker arena was made with the same meticulous attention to sonics, materials and detail as their award-winning electronic components. Incorporating trickle-down philosophies to the Reference 2s, Krell infused design and engineering concepts derived from their reference LAT Series loudspeakers, culminating in a product with similar attributes at a substantially lower cost.

The Resolution 2s’ high-frequency reproduction was non-fatiguing and transparent. Coupled with a smooth midrange, the loudspeakers were capable of extracting excellent results with both high-resolution materials and real world recordings. Using an amplifier of adequate power, preferably 200 watts or more, enhances the performance of the Resolution 2s. Bass reproduction is tight and tuneful, with appreciable low-frequency extension. They are capable of being played at sustained high levels without compression and distortion.

From a fit and finish standpoint, the Resolution 2s simply look gorgeous. Their availability in only a Cherry veneer will be a limitation for some, but for many, these speakers will be a stunning acquisition. Krell offers a complete complement of center channel, surround and subwoofer options, offering a migratory path for compiling a full matching multi-channel music and movie system.

Though greatly discounted from the LAT-1s, the Resolution 2s are not an inexpensive loudspeaker. They fall into a hotly contested price point where ultimately the loudspeaker of choice will depend upon a broad array of issues, including performance, aesthetics and overall value. The Krell Resolution 2 loudspeakers successfully address each of these elements, offering consumers an appealing option to achieve sonic bliss.

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