Kronos was founded in 1991 originally as a HiFi distribution company by David Campbell. Kronos Distribution became the first company to import highly regarded brands such as Triangle Loudspeakers, Audiomeca Turntables & CD Players, YBA Electronics, Copenhagen Transformers (Mains Conditioners) and became the original importer of Pro-Ject Audio Turntables into the UK. During that time we won a number of prestigious awards including What Hi Fi product of the year for the Pro-Ject 6
In 1996 Kronos Distribution moved into retail and became known as Kronos HI FI. We opened our first retail outlet in Dungannon, N.Ireland, and began to expand our range of services by creating our Home Cinema department. Alongside our new Home Cinema range Kronos HIFI brought the largest range of specialist HIFI products to N.Ireland and to this day we continue to have one of the largest range of HIFI products in the UK!
Kronos HiFI continued to grow and in late 1999 we moved into our new larger premises, which featured a 1000sq.ft showroom, and the building hosted separate demonstration rooms for HIFI and Home Cinema systems. Due to demand, Kronos HIFI expanded into custom installation, multi room audio systems and projection systems, and became one of the first dealers to become an approved CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and installation Association) installer. Specialist HiFi products continued to be be at the forefront of the business.
In 2001, Kronos HIFI evolved into Kronos Audio Visual, as we felt this reflected the companies diversification into both the audio and video market place. Kronos Audio Visual shortly after joined the online marketplace and quickly asserted itself as one of the UK’s leading e-commerce stores for specialist HiFi &Home Cinema products. In 2014, we completely re designed our showroom, demonstration rooms and office space. E-commerce has become a huge part of Kronos AV, and part of our re design was to incorporate a dedicated shipping & packing area, to allow us to ship as quickly and securely as possible.
In 2015 we opened our first store on the UK mainland. Having grown our reputation across N.Ireland and becoming a well known online retailer across the UK, it seemed like the right time to give our UK customers a store to visit and meet the team. Our first store opened in Uckfield, East Sussex. A key factor for us was giving our UK customers a store where they could hear our stunning range of products, and have advice on hand. When we decided too make the jump to the UK mainland, we knew we would need someone who could manage our store and offer our customers the same level of knowledge they have come to expect. That is where Richard Allan came in. Richard has over 30 years experience in the HiFi industry, and has an array of knowledge across most brands. Richard has been heavily involved in product design, and later retail. Among his many talents, Richard has a wealth of expertise, which includes a staggeringly impressive range of technical knowledge of most products.
In 2016, following a successful first year, we moved our store to Staplefeld, West Sussex, as we felt this was a better area and was much more accessible for many of our customers. Richard remained at the helm, and Kronos’s reputation has been growing year on year and we hope to continue to grow this throughout the whole of the UK.