Despite having read several glowing reviews about Kyron’s dipole speaker systems this was the first time I had the chance to spend some time listening to them. The Australian firm brought in Munich their smaller model, named Kronos, which consists of 3-way dipole speakers (2×1” tweeters, 7” neodymium mid and 2×12” long throw woofers) along with a massive amplifier that incorporates a DEQX preamplifier responsible for signal processing, frequency response, phase and room correction along with 6 Encore class D power amplifiers for a total of 1200Watts. So “smaller” is not exactly small when it comes to the Kronos system.
Aesthetically the dipoles are stunning; at least for my personal taste they look closer to a modern sculpture than any given typical speaker. No sign of boxy looks, no veneers, no nothing. The skeleton that keeps the speaker in place is very robust and meticulously finished, the amplifier box is massive and includes a USB DAC too; for 99.000 euros what you get is a complete system with DSP function needing only a computer or streamer in order to play music.
Normally dipole systems like the Kyron necessitate of careful and symmetric placement away from walls but in Munich the sound was more than good, even in the acoustically dreadful sounding isobox room on the ground floor. There was a sense of air combined with a wide and involving soundstage during Chris Thile and Edgar Meyers “Tarnation”, part of all this should probably be attributed to the DEQX digital signal processor. Coming from a relatively new company the Kronos is a refined and mature product.