High Performance Audio Equipment
Krell Industries is the premier manufacturer of high performance audio equipment, award winning amplifiers, preamplifiers, surround sound processors, and digital-to-analog converters for music lovers and home theater aficionados.
- Myron Ho
Home Theater Review
Founded in 1980, Krell has earned a distinguished reputation for engineering innovation, build integrity and product excellence. The company has a rich history of product introductions, each transcending mere ‘latest model year’ status by deeply impacting the high-end audio industry.
The world’s most discriminating audiophiles and product reviewers have consistently recognized Krell components for setting new performance benchmarks. The sheer breadth of Krell amplifiers’ dynamic range conveys a startling realism—each iteration transcending the previous. Seemingly unlimited frequency response combined with unerring accuracy and fortitude, continue a tradition that began with Krell’s legendary KSA-100—the first high power, high-current, true Class A biased stereo power amplifier available to audiophiles.
Krell continually pushes its technology to new plateaus in its quest for greater performance. Exploration, driven by Krell’s relentless commitment to excellence, continues to elevate the art of audio engineering—resulting in breakthrough after breakthrough over decades.
As Krell’s product line continues to diversify, its fundamental research into amplifier design and performance remains at the core of its legacy of achievements. Every Krell component upholds this mantle by incorporating uniquely proprietary technologies—the direct results of Krell’s R&D prowess. Krell’s discoveries in audio amplification continue to deliver unprecedented linearity, control and accuracy—which can only come from superior current capability. The resulting sound is lively and unconstrained, in a manner evocative of live performances and the true sounds of instruments—including the human voice.
The Krell legacy proudly continues to evolve—resulting in products delivering innovative engineering, build quality perfection and outstanding audio performance.
Origin of the Name, Krell
Our brand name Krell, was inspired by the classic 1956 MGM science fiction film, Forbidden Planet—starring (left to right) Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Neilsen, and Anne Francis. The plot revolves around the crash landing of a human starship on the planet Altair IV in a distant solar system and the survivors’ discovery and research of an extinct race of incredibly advanced beings—known simply as the Krell.
More often than not, fictional names derived from the pantheon of pop culture quickly become ephemera. However, Krell’s 1980 entry into the high end audio market was an enormous and resounding success—so much so that the name, Krell became synonymous with the very real advanced technology that it represents—internationally embraced to this day by audiophiles, music aficionados and the scientific community, alike.
The origin of the name quickly became moot, as Krell grew legendary and iconic in its own right—for being the design and manufacturing brand known as The Leader in Audio Engineering.™
Despite being the source of intrigue that made Forbidden Planet so compelling, the Krell are never seen, nor heard in the movie—leaving interpretations of what they looked and sounded like entirely up to the imaginations of moviegoers and science fiction buffs. However and ironically, the Krell brand is all about being heard, as well as seen and appreciated for the strikingly innovative beauty of its award winning industrial design.