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Krell Modulari Duo Speaker Review Alhambra CA

The Modulari Duo Reference is a two-piece system. The top speaker, available separately as the Modulari Primo ($20,000/pair), is a two-way design featuring a 7-inch aluminum woofer and 1-inch ring radiator tweeter, with a rather lethal-looking point in its center. The lower cabinet houses three 8-inch aluminum woofers in its vault-like enclosure.

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Krell Modulari Duo Speaker Review

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March 16, 2009 By Steve Guttenberg

Masters of Reality

Maybe it’s a leftover habit from my days as a high-end audio salesman, but I’m always on the lookout for great demo material. Funny, I never really thought about Prince’s Diamonds and Pearls CD that way before, but I’d never heard it over Krell’s Modulari Duo Reference speakers.

They have the sort of sound that stops you from merely thinking about music — you feel it. The Purple One was definitely in the house.

Krell Modulari DuoLike all Krells, the Modulari Duo Reference is a daringly personal work from the company’s CEO and Chief Engineer, Dan D’Agostino.

Over the past three decades, the man designed some of the world’s greatest solid-state amplifiers. In 2000, he started working on speakers.

When I queried D’Agostino about the difference between the two disciplines he put it this way: “We approach speaker design like an electronics design; the speaker’s crossover and drivers are both part of the electrical circuit.”

He explained that small design changes that barely show up in measurements loom large when you sit down and listen to a speaker.

D’Agostino was candid enough to admit that previous generations of Krell speakers were “voiced” to sound best with CD and other digital sources. For the Modularis, he also used LPs.

The Modulari Duo Reference is a blatantly original, thoroughly masculine design; but at 44 inches tall, 11 wide and 29 deep, it can still fit in average-sized rooms. Each speaker weighs 345 pounds.

It’s fair to assume the bulk of the weight can be attributed to its thick-walled aluminum construction. If the goal was to make an absolutely dead cabinet, I’d say D’Agostino’s done it.

The speaker’s heavily ribbed flanks contrast nicely with broad expanses of beautifully machined metal. There’s a clear aesthetic kinship with Krell electronics.

The Modulari Duo Reference is a two-piece system. The top speaker, available separately as the Modulari Primo ($20,000/pair), is a two-way design featuring a 7-inch aluminum woofer and 1-inch ring radiator tweeter, with a rather lethal-looking point in its center. The lower cabinet houses three 8-inch aluminum woofers in its vault-like enclosure. All of the drivers are displayed behind acoustically transparent rubber “string” grilles.

D’Agostino nixed fuses or any form of protection for the drivers. “They truncate the signal and restrict current flow. The drivers were made to handle gigantic amounts of power,” he explained.

The woofer and midrange drivers were in fact designed in-house and built in Europe. The tweeter isn’t a proprietary Krell effort, but it’s a highly regarded design.

Krell Modulari DuoThe back of the woofer cabinet has a large, bass-enhancing slot/port, fed by two internal all-metal ports. There’s no discernable port noise or turbulence. Indeed, most of the time I could barely feel any air coming out of the port.

Bass. Oh boy, these speakers love bass. It’s nice and deep, and definition is as nimble as I’ve heard. With s...

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