Krell FPB 600... HOLY HELL!

Discussion in 'Solid State' started by Infinity!, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. Infinity!

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    Hey guys, just wanted to share some pictures of what I just bought yesterday. I know many of you were wondering what my impressions are with how the Krell FPB 600 compares to my Adcom 565's. Let me just say that there is literally no comparison on how they sound. The krell blows the Adcoms out of the water in every single way and in huge margins!!

    I knew the bass was going to better, but I never thought my speakers could get any lower, louder, deeper, and much more controlled. I never thought the 10" woofers in my Infinity RS IIb's could sound so full, but they do now. The extension and clarity that the krell added was unbelievable. I wish I could write more about the bass improvement, but I am still in shock at how much I was missing.

    The mids and highs are what I was worried about most before purchasing the krell. However, after listening to it for quite a few hours yesterday (with my 2 friends and brother who all concur), we do not understand how anyone could describe the sound of krell amplifiers as harsh or bright!? The highs and mids became much more lush and "tube like". I was able to hear so much more in my music than I EVER did with my Adcoms. The separation and dynamics within the Krell are outstanding and to think that the slight harshness that I was experiencing with the Adcoms was all due to distortion! The more I upgrade components within my system (especially interconnects), the more I realize that distortion IS the root cause for listening fatigue and the sense of "harshness" that we hear.

    Although spending $3,499 on one single audio component took everything in me to finally pull the trigger, I have absolutely 0% buyers remores and persuade my fellow AKer's to never skimp on your amplifiers. I used to be one of the people that thought that all amps should sound the same, and although my Adcoms made me retract that thought, this Krell has made me even more angry at myself for once believing this. lol But this is the the process of reaching Audio Nirvana... one step at a time. That's why I love this hobby so very much.

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    (The last picture was from a fortune cookie from Panda Express. I got it yesterday after I bought my amp... it was quite fitting ;))
     
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  2. Blue Shadow

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    Seems those statements speak volumes about all ss amps sounding the same and whether one gets better sound for more money. The good stuff costs money for a reason and the buyer gets the benefit of the better sound. not that the stuff most of us have doesn't sound good.
     
  3. Blue Shadow

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    Was this group the folks you grabbed to help you haul that thing inside?
     
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  4. musicman95

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    I am not sure that "tube like" would be exactly my description but it was warmer and the soundstage was larger but it was missing some of the harmonic character. I think the best differences were macro-dynamics and the fullness of the mid/upper bass, even on the EMIMs the music seemed tangible. The treble was extended and crisp but defiantly not fatiguing, I agree with Infinity! that distortion must have been the culprit of any prior heard listening fatigue. The deference was none the less astounding, and I think completely justifies the price. I would also like to add that the NAD he is using with this is VERY warm, I am curious what this will sound like when we try a few different preamps.
     
  5. Binkman

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    Well not to pop your joy,, and if you're satisfied for 'l'argent$' I'm happy for you.

    Buutt LOL... To replicate what I have would cost in sound I like for a less but still out of reach for many. I'm glad I bought what I have and kept the "sound". :D
     
  6. Dingman

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    Wow, Congrats on that! This is an amp to be buried with, eh?
    Man, oh man. That's some power right there.
     
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  7. Route 66

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    Congrats Man, that monster is 180 Lbs. of muscle!
     
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  8. Sound Dragon

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    Welcome to the club bud. I have been saying much of the same stuff and completely agree with you.
     
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  9. soundmig

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    FB600 - great amp. Had one for a while ... and it's truly a great amp.
     
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  10. goodolpg

    goodolpg Just an old fart trying to help.

    Congrats on the Krell. That's one impressive looking piece.
    What are you currently using for interconnects?
     
  11. Infinity!

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    All audioquest cables.

    Speaker Cables: Castle Rocks

    Interconnects: Yukons (IIb EQ to amp), Victorias (preamp to IIb EQ and DAC to preamp)

    USB : Coffee USB

    Power Cable: NRG 2 (For the Schiit DAC)

    Would love to experiment with the power cables for the Krell, but that will have to wait a while! lol
     
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  12. damacman

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    I think it’s safe to say that you now own a very fine amplifier capable of driving nearly any speakers you could connect to it. Well done sir!
     
  13. powerman

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    Great Amp, mate it with a Krell HRC-HR and hear the next vail disappear. Love my Krell's too
     
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  14. 4-2-7

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    I know how you feel, but it's to bad naysayers never understand what high quality clean big power does to speakers even at low volumes. Let them have their sub 100 watt amps thinking the first watt is the most important.

    You now know the difference in headroom and amp speed to control the speakers with any transient peaks feeding them.

    Congrats
     
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  15. mad shadows

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    Nice beast :D
    I guess the next step will be to replace the NAD pre-amp.
     
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  16. restorer-john

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    What a fabulous amplifier. Personally I think the price was a steal too.

    I'm very happy for you. Enjoy.
     
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  17. goodolpg

    goodolpg Just an old fart trying to help.

    Thanks.
    Were those already in your signature and I just plain missed them?
     
  18. botrytis

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    30 watts class A does me very nicely :). Although I now have a room the size of our master bedoom suite closet, in our last house.
     
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    Yeah you have a small room but at least you can have it setup for the stereo only.
     
  20. botrytis

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    My computer is in it too.
     

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