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December 2001

Krell FPB-300c Stereo Amplifier: Measurements

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Additional Data
  • Measurements were made with 120V AC line voltage.
  • Power output plotted with both channels driven.
  • Gain: 20.9x, 26.4dB.
  • Output noise, 8-ohm load: wideband 0.227mV, -80.0 dBW; A weighted 0.054mV, -92.5 dBW.
  • AC line current draw at idle: 4.7A, 3.3A when driven hard and hot.
  • Output impedance: 0.069 ohms.
  • This amplifier does not invert polarity.
Measurements Summary

Power output with 1kHz test signal

  • 8-ohm load at 1% THD: 470W
  • 8-ohm load at 10% THD: 520W

  • 4-ohm load at 1% THD: 800W
  • 4-ohm load at 10% THD: 950W


The Krell FBP-300c has a wide bandwidth of over 200kHz. Its output impedance is typical of many solid-state power amplifiers and, consequently, the difference between open circuit and 4-ohm loading is quite small. This can be seen in Chart 1. This means that the frequency response into a speaker load will be quite invariant with frequency. This design has what is termed by Krell as "Sustained Plateau Bias II," with the consequence that the amount of output stage current is increased in several steps as the signal level increases. In Chart 2 this has the effect of changing the amount of distortion as these transitions occur. Chart 2 also shows that the rated power of 300W into 8 ohms and 600W into 4 ohms is easily met before clipping occurs (where the distortion rises abruptly). Chart 3 illustrates the desirable characteristic of a low amount of rise in distortion as frequency increases. The low output impedance translates in to a high damping factor as seen in Chart 4. In Chart 5, the harmonic structure for the 10W signal is desirably simple in nature with no harmonics rising above the noise level above the 5th harmonic.

Chart 1 - Frequency Response of Output Voltage as a Function of Output Loading

Red line: open circuit
Magenta line: 8-ohm load
Blue line: 4-ohm load

Chart 2 - Distortion as a Function of Power Output and Output Loading

(line up at 1W to determine lines)
Top line: 4-ohm THD+N
Second line: 8-ohm THD+N
Bottom line (red): 8-ohm SMPTE IM

Chart 3 - Distortion as a Function of Power Output and Frequency

4-ohm output loading
Cyan line: 600W
Blue line: 100W
Magenta line: 10W
Red line: 1W

Chart 4 - Damping Factor as a Function of Frequency

Damping factor = output impedance divided into 8

Chart 5 - Distortion and Noise Spectrum

1kHz signal at 10W into a 4-ohm load


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