UK-based Kleio Audio Launches Brand with K1 Series
After three years in development, Kent-based manufacturer Kleio Audio is launching with the introduction of its first range of electronic...
After three years in development, Kent-based manufacturer Kleio Audio is launching with the introduction of its first range of electronics. According to the company, "The K1 series is designed to engage with audio and music enthusiasts to make them want to re-connect with their music collection and reconsider the importance of a high-end audio solution."
The launch of Kleio is an example of the resurgence in small scale ‘craft’ hi-fi manufacturing that is happening in the UK. Importantly, the technology aspects of hi-fi design have been recognised by funding bodies as part of the Government’s wish to see technical innovation prosper. Kleio’s founding was supported by the Government Start-Up Loans Scheme and Kent County Council’s Small Business Boost (Regional Growth Fund) Loan Scheme, which contributed towards the initial electronic prototyping and enclosure development costs.
Kleio is very proud to be a member of the official Made in Britain campaign, with all products assembled at the company’s Folkestone based workshop. Wherever possible components are sourced from the UK and Europe, such as enclosures from Sussex and PCBs from Kent.
The first products to come from of the company are the K105 and K135 (pre and integrated amps), which will be available to dealers from late September and will get their official public show unveiling at the National Audio Show, Whittlebury Hall on the 19-20 September.
Excited about the launch of the new company, Garry Wise says, “While Kleio was officially formed in 2012, the idea was conceived in 2010. We spent two years working out how to make the vision a reality so we could launch with a solid engineering philosophy that sees us ‘do it properly’ without unnecessary gimmicks.” He continues, “Our product roadmap for the K1 series is finalised and over the coming months we will introduce a DAC, headphone amp, phono stage and network media player. What all of these products have in common, apart from the engineering, is a focus on music. We firmly believe that music has to be at the centre of what we do, hence our support for up and coming musicians as without this talent where will the next generation of music come from?”