Krell, “a leader” in high end home audio equipment, today announced their very first car audio system in partnership with Acura. The system made its debut in the brand new 2014 Acura RLX, a hotly anticipated luxury vehicle that was also unveiled today at the 2012 LA Auto Show. I was on hand to get some hands and ears on time with the new car and the system.
Scattered throughout the vehicle are some 13 individual speakers and a single 100-watt subwoofer. But these aren’t any ordinary speakers. The system’s tweeters are composed of lightweight magnesium cones that are said to increase detail, while six mid bass drivers are made from an ultra strong material called Zylon. The combination of these two elements results in not only sturdy and long lasting speakers that will survive the test of time, but a system that reacts extremely fast to music and should more closely mimic the original recording. Finally, powering the entire RLX’s speaker system is a 400-watt Krell amplifier and Acura’s dual screen infotainment system.
Sonically I can say that the Acura RLX’s Krell audio system is second to none, at least in terms of a first listen. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a competing system on hand to compare one to the other, but Krell’s system nailed it in terms of dynamics, leaving me pining for a further listen with a wider variety of music. To be candid, I only listened to the music built-in to the car’s HDD. So suffice to say, a second listen using Spotify should reveal how the RLX’s Krell system would stand up to what I would deem a real world use case. Nevertheless, Krell’s new car audio system, without any tweaking or new fangled DSP settings, was analogous to that of a pair of high end headphones; a full spectrum of sound was discernible, something many car stereo systems struggle with, resulting in a muddling effect.
If you’d like a listen, head to the LA Auto Show on November 30th when it opens to the public. Or you could wait until the Acura RLX goes on sale this Spring, which is expected to carry a $60,000+ price tag.