The control unit is accented with a gloss black front panel split by a silver strip populated with the controls for power, volume (controlled also via a classy remote) with its multi-coloured LED and three small buttons to access the profiles (custom EQ curves set up at installation time by Kyron Audio engineers). The remote control features buttons for standby, volume up/down and input switching. I would still have liked access to the profiles from the remote for on-the-fly fine-tuning to the vagaries of modern recordings from the seat.


The rear panel sports the connectivity options and here we have allowance for comprehensive system building. Traditional connectivity is catered for by an analogue stereo input on RCA or XLR. This might connect to either a direct source or a preamp of choice; in the latter case you'll need to max out the control unit's volume. It's with the digital connectivity that things start getting quite generous with provision for S/PDIF on both RCA and BNC, pro-level AES/EBU via XLR and finally asynchronous USB Audio. 


The curved and pointed shape of the speakers—surfboard-like as commented upon by sports-minded visitors—is actually quite deceptive in that, in a practical sense, the twin 12-inch drivers and baffle should make for a rather intrusive presence. But somehow the Kronos' elegance tricks you into perceiving lesser room imposition. Our review samples' two-part baffle was gloriously finished in a truly immaculate black gloss while the rear tweeters' panel pod featured a semi-gloss real walnut veneer (various finish options are available). All the metalwork—and there's plenty of it—is machined and finished with the utmost quality.


While on the subject of speaker drivers, on its topmost triangular baffle the Kronos sports two Scan-Speak ring radiator tweeters, one firing forward, the other rearwards. Below sits a 165mm Scan-Speak Illuminator midrange. The tweeter/mid baffle is separated from the lower one by a small 2-3mm gap and decoupled/isolated via small rubber pads. The much larger lower baffle houses two of the superbly engineered Acoustic Elegance 12" woofers. A massive steel 'arm' forms a curved bracket which attaches to the bass and midrange drivers' magnet rear plates, holding them in place. The arm itself is a heroic assembly constructed from a sandwich of resonance absorbing material between two massive CNC-machined steel plates. The lowermost section of the arm houses a panel with a heavy duty twist-lock connecting socket (more on that later). The whole arrangement sits on a substantial outrigger terminated with a massive spiking system which is adjustable via rotating discs. Beautifully machined heavily indented pucks mate with the spikes and serve to protect your flooring.


Conducted some time ago, a short interview with Kyron's dynamic founding duo Lee Gray and Leon Suter referring to both their flagship Gaia and Kronos models provides some background detail and discloses some of their design philosophies.
Edgar Kramer: The Gaia and Kronos are two of the most extraordinary designs in all of speakerdom. What attracted you to the dipole design and why this particular configuration?
Leon Suter: Initially, the attraction of a dipole was the incredible clarity of reproduction when there was no enclosure sound. As soon as we heard music replayed through speakers without a box, it became obvious how much unwanted sound the enclosure was contributing. Then we were bowled over by the speed and accuracy of the bass.


EK: The drivers you've chosen are all of superb quality. How extensive was the driver selection process and what were the deciding factors?
LS: Superb quality was of course a prerequisite. The drivers we are using are all completely different models from the ones we started with eight years ago. Many hours of research, testing and listening went into the driver selection, including commissioning of one of the world's best known authorities on transducer theory to design a custom woofer. The drivers chosen have incredibly low distortion and the woofers have minimal disruption to airflow to the rear. The tweeters were chosen to match the power response of the woofers as closely as possible, while providing response upwards of 40kHz.