KA Electronics was started by Byron Kirkwood in the 1970s to provide the hobbyist and professional retail access to electronic components. From its humble beginnings in a rented "mini warehouse" selling surplus components, KA grew into an electronics distributorship in the pre-internet 1980s. The KA Computer store was one of the first stores in Texas to sell personal computers including the "newly-released" Apple I computer built by a couple of guys in a California garage. The early 1980s proved to be a difficult time for electronics distribution. Byron Kirkwood moved on to work for Novell as one of its first 20 employees and later became an author and founder of B and A Products.
The Pro Audio Design Forum, affiliated with the modern KA-Electronics, began in 2007 to support the Pico Compressor DIY kit and provide a means for audio designers to share information and public "open source" designs. The forum is now the support vehicle for projects from KA and hosts the KA-Electronics online store.