The Kii Team

Bruno Putzeys, CTO

Bruno Putzeys

With the invention of UcD and Ncore, Bruno Putzeys is probably single-handedly responsible for turning class-D amplification into the preferred way of building high-end audio amplifiers. His designs are displacing class A and valve amplifiers in all the niches they held until now and are making truly audiophile performance available in very compact, energy-efficient products.
In 2010 he delivered a shot across the bow of high-end loudspeaker design. The Grimm Audio LS1 was immediately hailed by several reviewers as the best hi-fi speaker so far. With the foundation of Kii Audio in 2014 he has turned his full attention to loudspeakers with the intention to revolutionize them in the same way as he did amplifiers.

 

Chris Reichardt, CEO

Chris Reichardt

Learning to play music at the age of nine, Chris Reichardt went on to become a professional guitar and music theory teacher in the 1980s. After studying Geology and Business Administration he decided to work in the audio industry in the early 1990s. Through the Years Chris has worked for numerous companies in the broadcast, pro audio and consumer industry such as Digidesign/AVID, TC Electronic, SSL and Grimm Audio just to name a few. In the late 1990s he decided to become self employed and founded his own distribution company. "I am very proud to now have the opportunity to work with a group of extremely talented people in our Kii Audio venture. Kii Audio focusses on designing and manufacturing state of the art loudspeakers for the consumer and professional market making use of new technologies
that are unique to our brand and lift music listening to a whole new level."

Bart van der Laan, COO

Bart van der Laan

Bart's extensive knowledge and experience in embedded software development and digital signal processing allow Kii to swiftly embrace and master the latest technologies. All Kii technologies are designed in-house and rely on the synergy between Bruno and Bart, a combination that proved itself successful for over a decade in several other companies. Audio and technology have always been part of his life. In 2011 he started his own company offering design services for manufacturers of electronics. A growing interest in the business side drove the decision to co-found Kii and take charge of the trajectory between hardcore engineering and sales. Every Kii product will grow up and leave the factory under Bart's supervision in his role as COO. "With my passion for stunning music and sound quality, being part of everything Kii stands for is a dream come true"

 

Wim Weijers, Production & QC Manager

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To achieve the best possible sound reproduction, has always been one of the main goals in Wim's life! Since 1991 Wim has been active in Audio. Developing skills in modifying and improving audio equipment is a true passion of Wim, and this made him found his own company modifying audio equipment. On his further search for the best possible sound, Wim found Bruno, Bart, Chris and Thomas. Meeting these guys was the same as seeing the light for Wim! Sharing the same desire to achieve the best possible sound reproduction, was the ultimate goal.

 

 

 

Thomas Jansen, Product Manager

Tom Jansen

Music, recording studios and instruments have been the main obsession throughout all of Tom´s life, while his formal education in architecture and design fueled a deeper interest in how people interact with and use audio gear, as well as how it´s design and features can improve this experience. In the last 10 years he has done architectural acoustic consulting and studio design, organized his own tradeshow for high end audio gear and finally joined forces with Chris Reichardt as product manager in his audio distribution company. Meeting Bruno and Bart during this time as product manager for their former works such as the LS1 made a deep impression and left him with the will to dedicate his work to their future ideas of audio innovations for the pro and hifi world with Kii Audio.