Klyne Audio Arts, Ltd. was established in 1980 by current President and
Chief Product Designer Stan Klyne. In the late 70s Mr. Klyne,
then a member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia
Washington, was independently investigating the fundamental reasons that
transistor circuits of that era did not sound as good as vacuum tube circuits.
As a result of this basic research, his subsequent solid state circuit
designs were to achieve the natural sound quality and dimensionality of
vacuum tube circuits without the attendant problems of vacuum tubes. Formation
of the company was a natural result of these activities. The first product
to be produced was the highly acclaimed SK-1 Moving Coil Step-up Amplifier.
Mr. Klynes background heralds a rare combination of Science and
Art. He holds two Engineering degrees and has considerable training and
experience as a practicing artist. He has received several awards for
both his cast bronze and hand-blown glass sculpture. Mr. Klyne has been
a Professor of art, design, engineering and environmental design while
serving as Member of the Faculty for four years at Lower Columbia College
in Longview Washington, and for 12 years at The Evergreen State College.
This unique combination of talents is clearly evident in every product
designed and produced by Klyne Audio Arts, Ltd.
Company philosophy is based on treating the design and manufacture of
premium quality stereo components as an art form, achieving a refined,
elegant balance of aesthetic, economic and technical considerations while
producing the highest product quality and innovation in circuit design.
The ultimate design reference is live music heard in its original setting.
Continuous research examining the fundamentals of the physical sciences
provides clues to the improvement of these products.
The primary goal is to build music reproduction equipment that gives every
owner both the pride in ownership of a handcrafted object and the most
satisfying artistic listening experience possible. Thus, in the tradition
of all the great arts, the components are completely hand assembled by
skilled craftsmen in the Klyne factory. The attention to detail goes into
every aspect of the design and production of these exquisite products.
Even the face panels and knobs are hand grained and hand polished prior
to plating, a continual reminder of the artistic approach which sets these
products in a class of their own. Hence the inclusion of the word Arts
in the company name.
The distinctive company logo K was designed by renowned American calligrapher
Tim Girvin, and has been in use since the inception of the company. Also
at that time, a stylized dragonfly image was incorporated by Mr. Klyne
as a secondary logo. The dragonfly image can be found gracing the circuit
boards of all products, and appears on the front panels of the System
Why a dragonfly? A thing of beauty in itself, the dragonfly is considered
King of the insect world. It has remained unchanged for some 250 million
years, signifying timelessness in design, and complete mastery of its
environment. The incredible flight capabilities and general presence of
the dragonfly was a childhood fascination to artist/designer Stan Klyne.
As a contemporary student of natural history, he reveres to this day the
dragonfly as a reminder of the marvelous complexity of the natural world.
While the dragonfly symbolizes this great respect and appreciation for
nature, it also serves as a reminder of the design goals and accomplishments
that Klyne products proudly possess.