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ken kreisel timeline
There is only one Ken Kreisel. A man of vision and innovation, who has had a profound influence on home theatre and its sound formats over the decades, consistently pushing the boundaries and producing monitoring equipment used in top studios worldwide including Disney, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, LucasArts, Skywalker Sound, Sony, Warner Brothers and THX.
There are a few timelines in existence in relation to the Kreisel name, but only one is genuine. If there's no photos of Ken, nor any mention of Ken, it'll be a manipulated version to conceal the true facts. We have recreated the correct one here for you in order to inform you of the true achievements of the one and only, Ken Kreisel.
Everything else is just imitation.
You can also view this timeline on Ken's own website here.
The forerunner to the "sub/sat" or "subwoofer/satellite" system as we know it today, commonly used for home theatre systems was invented in 1976 by Ken Kreisel. His "David & Goliath" comprised of a small pair of 'satellite' speakers running a limited bandwidth, with a 'subwoofer' producing lower frequencies
1978 marks the consumer release of the Satellite-Volkswoofer System, which Ken Kreisel originally designed for his own use at the M&K Real Time Direct-To-Disc recording studio.
The Satellite-1 speaker incorporates much of the technology Ken still uses today, such as phase focused crossovers, group delay time alignment, and controlled vertical directivity
At this point, Ken Kreisel was already building professional screening rooms for directors, producers, and the Hollywood elite - long before the phrase "home theatre" was being used. This meant that long before room EQ was even thought of, Ken Kreisel was addressing the issues faced with building dedicated home theatre systems, putting him in a unique position...
Ken Kreisel opens the first exclusively direct-to-disc recording studio. M&K RealTime Records studio produced audiophile vinyl pressings recorded straight to the cutting lathe, bypassing the tape recording process, reducing distortion and hiss in the process. This produced a master, which was then used to press the vinyl records
Ken Kreisel becomes one of the first customers to purchase the Sony PCM-1600 Professional Digital Audio Recorders, shown here with engineers from the relatively new Sony Professional Digital Audio division. Ken worked with these engineers giving feedback on the design of the prototype during its development. More modifications to his own unit were implemented in future production models. This made Ken Kreisel and M&K Sound one of the very few truly "digital ready" companies prior to the launch of the Compact Disc.
The first releases featured Ken Kreisel's digital recordings of The Philharmonia Hungarica Orchestra, recorded in Germany
Ken Kreisel develops an innovation in subwoofer design - push-pull technology. By mounting a second driver backwards into the cabinet, and also wiring it opposite to the other, the design acoustically cancels even-order harmonic distortion, producing cleaner, tighter, more accurate bass reproduction, and significantly improving high-output linearity
The same year, Ken Kreisel introduces the industry's first push-pull powered subwoofer. The MX-2000 was immediately recognised by audiophiles as a major advancement in subwoofer performance. Its level of speed, articulation, and sheer impact made it not only perfect for music, but also for the upcoming home theatre revolution...
Ken introduces the S100B, with dual mid/bass drivers, a three tweeter phased array, and phase focused crossover, producing unprecedented accuracy, focus, clarity, and dynamic range. The three tweeter array allowed massive headroom from a small loudspeaker, giving the S100B the ability to reproduce dynamic transients normally associated with much larger loudspeakers
"We selected Miller & Kreisel speakers to create Star Wars Episode I soundtrack and they proved to be the most accurate and best sounding monitors we have ever used."
the Blu-Ray Disc Association asks Miller & Kreisel to provide the audio system for demonstrating Blu-Ray Disc at the CES show in 2006 utilising 3x MPS2510Ps as LCR, 4x MPS-1625P Tripole surrounds, and 3x MPS-5310 subwoofers in a 20 seat theatre - Ken has always embraced new audio technology for music or film
in March of 2006, Chris Boyes receives an Oscar for Achievement In Sound for Peter Jackson's epic, King Kong
(Best Sound Mix and Best Editing)
"Sound Wars" interview is published in HDTV Etc magazine, in which Ken talks about his Miller & Kreisel THX loudspeakers at Lucasfilm's Skywalker Ranch
click the photo for full interview
In September 2011, Star Wars: The Complete Saga sold more than one million units in its first week of release, shattering previous Blu-Ray sales records. This was the first time Star Wars fans could experience the trilogy's soundtrack in uncompressed 6.1 DTS HD sound. Ken Kreiselprofessional studio monitors and subwoofers were used in the production of these soundtracks - look out for "Miller & Kreisel Sound" in the credits!
In 2012, Ken Kreisel introduces his most accurate and powerful subwoofers yet. A single MX700 Mk3 or MX5000 Mk3 subwoofer - also known as the DXD 808 and DXD12012 respectively - sets new standards for home theatres and studio mastering suites across the globe.
But the subwoofer world of Ken Kreisel isn't a stranger to the audible benefits of "stacking" subwoofers, so the DXD808 and DX12012 are designed in such a way to take full advantage of not only the stacking technique, but also Ken's push-pull technology, producing the ultimate, modular, scaleable subwoofer system suitable for any room.
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