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Posted 30 May 2011 | News & Blog   

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3-D Squared
3-D Squared Inc. specializes in creating acoustic friendly prints featuring original designs, movie posters and panoramic photographs. The prints are secured around acoustic panels resulting in an aesthetically pleasing product that enhances the acoustic integrity of any Home Theater or…

3DFusion
3DFusion was founded in 2007 by Ilya Sorokin to take advantage of the blooming field of auto-stereoscopic (glasses-free) 3DTVs. They have several patent-pending technologies, and claim to cover all aspects of 3D including auto-stereoscopic monitors, video walls, content creation, 2D-to-3D…

3M

3M is a company more people think of for sticky notes or scotch tape however the conglomerate makes a full line of accessories and films for video, laptop and HDTV use under their Vikuiti line. Some of 3M’s films reportedly…

A/D/S
A/D/S is a speaker company best known for their car audio products but in the 1970′s and 1980′s they successfully sold mid-priced audio speakers. A/D/S is best known for their “plate” car stereo speakers. Interestingly, many A/D/S speakers used drivers…

AAA-Audio
AAA-Audio is a direct reseller of audiophile electronics from Asia (but seem to be sold in the U.S. through the Boston Area). Some of the sub-brands include Dussun, Original, XLH and O sound racks. Popular AAA Audio products include: Dussun…

AAD Loudspeakers
AAD Loudspeakers was founded by Phil Jones, AAD designs a range of loudspeakers for home applications to PA models. AAD is better known as a behind-the-scenes (OEM) maker of audiophile speakers for some of the bigger electronics companies that have…

Acapella Audio Arts
Acapella Audio Arts invented the spherical horn, and offers a number of different handcrafted, horn-based and conventional dynamic loudspeaker products and accessories. All made in Germany, some of the company’s models border on the very exotic.Popular Acapella Audio Arts products…

Accent Speaker Technology, Ltd.
Founded by Carl Marchisotto of Alon after Alon went of business in 2004, Accent Speaker Technology was once called Nola Loudspeakers. They are very large format audiophile speakers that unlike many in their class, enjoy some mainstream distribution at retailers…

Accuphase
Known for their robust designs and champagne faceplates, Accuphase, founded in Japan, offers a big, bold, no-compromise approach to audio and home theater similar to McIntosh. The company has a rich audiophile history including a product museum (like watchmaker Patek…

Accustic Arts
Based in the German town of Lauffen am Neckar, Acoustic Arts offers a complete range of high end audio and home theater products from electronics to cables to loudspeakers, all made from the ground up in Germany utilizing world-class design…

Acoustat
Founded in the USA in 1972 by Jim Stricker, Acoustat specializes in electrostatic loudspeaker designs. The company/brand eventually moved to China, but doesn’t appear to exist anymore.Compare Acoustat with speaker brands like Magnepan, MartinLogan, Sound Lab, and Quad….

Acoustic Art Panels
Acoustic Art Panels produces unique works of art that double as acoustic treatments. In creating its products, the company creates its own original material as well as incorporates those supplied by its customers. Acoustic Art Panels offers solutions for a…

Acoustic Energy
Founded in 1987, Acoustic Energy made its name with its AE1 Monitor Loudspeaker featuring metal cone technology, luxurious cabinetry, and robust, elegant pedestal. Recently, Acoustic Energy has made another push to re-establish themselves as a player in the very competitive…

Acoustic Innovations
Acoustic Innovations is a maker and designer of home theater interiors that include acoustical treatments, fabric walls and more. The company literally is a one-stop shop for personal home theater design – soup to nuts. Cosmetics, seating, acoustic treatments, sound…

Acoustic Research (AR)
Founded in 1952, Acoustic Research pioneered the career of loudspeaker designer Henry Kloss, as well as the patented “acoustic suspension” loudspeaker design. Acoustic Research went on to dominate the loudspeaker market for the next twenty years. Acoustic Research is known…

Acoustic Sciences (ASC)
Founded in 1984 by acoustic engineer Arthur M. Noxon, Acoustic Sciences Corporation (ASC) is one of the world’s biggest names in acoustic treatment. The company’s patented TubeTrap is still wildly popular within the residential and commercial markets, and Acoustic Sciences…

Acoustic Smart Home Theater Interiors
Acoustic Smart Home Theater Interiors design and make home theater fabric walls, acoustical treatments, and other accessories to build out pre-designed and custom media rooms and dedicated home theaters. Acoustic Smart Home Theaters also have a full line of seating…

Acoustic Transducer Company (ATC)
England’s Acoustic Transducer Company, founded in 1974 by chief designer Billy Woodman, has produced one of the world’s most acclaimed and longstanding lines of professional audio loudspeakers. ATC designs and manufactures all of its drivers in-house, and features both…

Acoustic Zen
Robert Lee and Acoustic Zen specialize in advancing the art and science of sonic transmission via its loudspeaker and high end cable products, some using de-classified military technologies relating to underwater, aircraft, and surveillance. Popular Acoustic Zen products include:…

Acoustics First
Acoustics First is a maker of industrial grade acoustical dampening, blocking and absorption materials for pro audio and home audio use. Founded in the 1970s, Acoustics First is the owner of many patents and designs and manufactures all of its…

Acurus
A sister brand to Aragon under the Mondial Design group, Acurus produced affordable high-end A/V preamplifiers, amplifiers, and home theater processors. Eventually bought by Klipsch and sold in mid-2009 to two former Klipsch employees who plan to relaunch the…

Adcom
A pioneer of the affordable high-end audio genre, Adcom brought the philosophy of efficient, no-frills, high-current designs to the masses. After starting in phono cartridges, Adcom made its splash in the audio world with its GFA-1 Amplifier (with ‘GF’ standing…

Advent
Founded by Henry Kloss in 1967, Advent, although making quite a few well-regarded loudspeakers, actually made more of a historical impact with its cassette decks and projection televisions. On the heels of Kloss’ contribution to Dolby noise reduction, Advent introduced…

Aerial Acoustics
Aerial Acoustics was founded and is run today by engineer Michael Kelly. This high end loudspeaker brand enjoys success in the upper-high-end niche along with the likes of Thiel and Martin Logan. Aerial’s breakout speaker was their Aerial 10T transducers….

Aesthetix
Aesthetix produces exotic, handcrafted high-end tube-based two-channel amplifiers, preamplifiers, phono stages, and accessories, all designed by founder and president Jim White. Mr. White started the company out of his personal need for a tube-based, high output phono stage. Interestingly, Aesthetix…

Air Tight
Founded by Atasushi Miura, son of the man who headed up the legendary Luxman corporation, Air Tight has produced ultra high-end tube-based amplifiers and preamplifiers, as well as an acclaimed line of phono cartridges and a super-cool disc flattening machine,…

Airtangent
Designed by Leif Häggmark, Airtangent produces one of the most advanced tonearms in the world, the linear tracking Airtangent 2002. Popular Airtangent products include: Airtangent “Airtangent 2002″ Airtangent “Airtangent 2001″ Compare Airtangent to companies like Forsell, Rockport Technologies, and HiFiction….

Aiwa
Founded in 1951, Aiwa made its mark in cassette decks in 1964 and gradually helped cultivate the large mini-system and personal stereo market of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Aiwa also had a large presence in the markets for…

Akai
Founded in 1929, Akai introduced reel-to-reel tape decks, cassette decks, and professional audio equipment, and helped develop the on-screen display for VCRs. Some of its most popular historical models include: – GX-747 Reel-to-Reel – GX-F95 Cassette Deck – TA-2030 Amplifier…

AKG
Founded in Vienna in 1947, AKG produces one of the most respected and recognized lines of microphones and headphones in the world. In addition to its own products, AKG also designs and manufactures products for many well-known brands throughout the…

Algolith
Based in Montreal, Algolith is a maker of mostly professional video processing and conversion devices, some using its own patented video technology, that sometimes trickle down to the higher end home theater applications. Popular Algolith products include: Algolith Flea HDMI…

Aliante
Founded in Italy in 1992, Aliante designs and manufactures a select line of fully Italian-made loudspeakers, featuring two-way designs and a complementary center channel. Aliante has collaborated in the past with noted driver manufacturer VIFA, as well as Ferrari designer…

Almarro Products
From the mind of designer Yoshihiro Muramatsu, Almarro Products is a tube audio manufacturer from Nagano, Japan known best for their wooden faceplates. They also have a growing line of loudspeakers including the M0A, M1A, M2A, M3A and M33A loudspeakers….

Alon
Founded in 1992 and designed by Carl Marchisotto, Alon Speakers use open baffle, dipole, and resonance control design concepts to create its unique sound.Some of the company’s most popular products include:Alon IVAlon Lotus Elite…

Alphason
Founded in 1985, Alphason initially produced a series of acclaimed turntables, tonearms, and speakers, featuring the Symphony turntable and legendary HR-100S tonearm. Ironically, in its investigation of better support devices for its audio products, the company began producing an equally…

Altec Lansing
Altec Lansing formed as a combining of Western Electric’s initiative for selling and servicing its loudspeaker products into the motion picture industry (dubbed the “All Technical Service Company”), with the company founded by loudspeaker design legend James B. Lansing, in…

Amazon Video on Demand
Amazon Video on Demand is a streaming and download service from online eseller Amazon.com. Formally known as Amazon Unbox, Amazon Video on Demand has up-to-date movies and TV shows available for download in SD and 720p HD. You can watch…

AMC
Founded in 1970, today AMC (Advanced Merit Concept) focuses on the home automation market with its IA (Information Appliance) product groups. The company boasts an impressive array of products spanning many categories, including amplifiers, streamers, control centers, and DACs. Popular…

American Power Conversion (APC)
Founded in 1981 by three MIT engineers, APC is one of the most mainstream makers of consumer grade AC power products including surge suppressors, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), power conditioning equipment, power management software, and DC power systems. In 2007,…

AMX Corporation
Founded in 1982, AMX is a very well known maker of touch screen remote control systems and all of the parts needed to put together a fully automated AV system. AMX enjoys a strong presence in the professional market including…

Analysis Plus
Founded in 1993, Analysis Plus makes high end audio and digital cables that use proprietary “Hollow Oval” design. The company also offers cable products in the Pro Audio realm, as well as OEM design services to a number of high…

Angstrom Loudspeakers
Founded in 1978 and based in Canada, Angstrom Loudspeakers produces a comprehensive (and impressive) line of stand alone and architectural loudspeakers and subwoofers, including in-wall, on-wall, in-ceiling, and lifestyle offerings. The company, much like Paradigm and PSB, utilizes Canada’s prestigious…

Antex
Antex makes satellite radio tuners for both XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite radio that can distribute audio for multiple zones which is useful for distributed audio systems. Antex also produces court recording archiving systems and provides OEM design services….

Anthem
A sister company to Paradigm Loudspeakers, Anthem brings a similarly world-class reputation to affordable high-end electronics. Anthem’s comprehensive lineup of Blu-ray players, preamplifier/processors, amplifiers, receivers and projectors consistently garner worldwide acclaim across both the consumer and professional markets. Anthem products…

Anthony Gallo Acoustics
Founded in 1994, Anthony Gallo Acoustics manufactures high-end loudspeakers, subwoofers and installation accessories for stereo and home theater. Their product line is carried by a strong network of U.S. specialty audio dealers and distributed in over 60 countries worldwide. Anthony…

Antique Sound Labs
Antique Sound Labs combines state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing with world-class parts quality to create its tube amplifier, preamplifier, and headphone products. Popular Antique Sound Labs products include: Antique Sound Labs Hurricane 200DT Antique Sound Labs A.S.L. Flora EX DT Antique Sound…

Aperion Audio
Aperion Audio, founded by Win Jeanfreau, is a direct seller of speakers via the Internet. They are best known for their Intimus line of loudspeakers and their butt-kissing customer service. Home theater enthusiasts eat up all of the attention that…

Apex Digital
Apex Digital makes very entry level LCD TVs, DTV Converters, HD Antennas, and portable digital TVs and internet radios that are sold through warehouse and mass market stores like Best Buy, Target and BJ’s. Popular Apex Digital products include: Apex…

API
Founded in 1968, API is a designer and manufacturer of all-discrete professional audio products, and one of the most highly used audio broadcast console brands by radio and television networks, stations, and recording studios. Popular API Audio products include: API…

Apogee Acoustics
Founded in 1982, Apogee produced one of the industry’s most acclaimed lines of ribbon loudspeakers. Famous for their lethal combination of transparency and load difficulty, Apogee produced a series of models until its demise in the late 1990s, including the…

Apple
Apple Computer is one of the most powerful players in the world of specialty audio video even if they are known more for their Macintosh operating system and computers like the iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini and beyond. Apple Computer…

April Music
Founded in 1998 and based in Korea, April Music produces the “Aura” line of lifestyle oriented audio products, including the Aura Music Center and Aura Model 100 loudspeaker, as well as the “Stello” line of compact digital separates.Popular April Music…

Aragon
Aragon is the sister brand to Acurus and was notable for offering truly high end power amps and electronics as below the ultra-high-end prices. Their Stereophile Magazine review of the Aragon 4004 stereo amp was one of the most powerful…

Arcam
Arcam, founded in the UK in 1972, emphasizes simplicity in its designs for the audio and home theater markets. Originally called A & R Cambridge Ltd, Arcam later shorted this to just ARCAM. Arcam still manufactures many of is products…

Arcici
Arcici was founded by high-end audio industry veteran Ray Shab. Arcici made its name by producing a popular stand for the legendary Quad ESL-63 loudspeakers. The company now offers a range of audio and home theater furniture, as well as…

Aria Audio
Aria Audio was founded by Michael Elliott (former President and chief designer of Counterpoint). Aria Audio produces world-class tube-based amplifiers, preamplifiers, and phono stages, all made in the USA and sold direct to the consumer. Aria Audio products are hand…

ARS Aures Audio
ARS Aures Audio was founded in 1997 and produces high-end loudspeaker products combining high performance with European design flair, all designed and manufactured in Italy. Similar to Sonus faber in appearance, Aures Audio products incorporate a variety of materials and…

Artison
Artison was founded in 2003 by loudspeaker design legend Cary Christie (co-founder of Infinity). Artison produces a multitude of state-of-the-art architectural loudspeakers and subwoofers, featuring in-wall and on-wall models specifically designed to complement flat-panel displays. Notable Artison products are the:…

Athena Technologies
Athena Technologies is a sister line from Audio Products International (API) created to compliment Energy and Mirage. API was known best for Energy Speakers but quietly made a lot of speakers for other companies in what’s called an OEM relationship….

Atlantic Technology
Founded in 1989, Atlantic Technology designs and manufactures home audio entertainment products that emphasize engineering excellence and innovation. Atlantic has consistently produced award-winning products that deliver performance beyond customer expectations. Atlantic is one of the most experienced companies in…

ATON
ATON is an electronics company that specializes in distribution equipment of audio and video signals. The ATON DLA2 for example, is a 2-room remote controllable speaker selector, that lets you connect multiple speakers to one amplifier channel and switch between…

Audiav Reference A/V Furniture
AudiAV sits atop the food chain for ultimate-level audiophile equipment racks. Audiophiles looking for ultimate performance via anti-vibration technology invest as much in an AudiAV rack as one might spend on a top-performing stereo preamp or power amp as these…

Audible Illusions
Audible Illusions is based in Pleasantville, California and is an audiophile company that’s been known for value priced gear for more than 20 years. Today they make products like the Audible Illusions Modulus 3a, the Audible Illusions L2 Line Stage…

Audio Alchemy
Audio Alchemy, now defunct, rose like a shot in the late 1980s as a pioneer of the digital separates category. The company’s Digital Decoding Engine v1.1 D/A Converter started this enormous wave, and the company built on its success with…

Audio Design Associates
Audio Design Associates was founded in 1977 by Albert Langella and Peter McKean. ADA helped pioneer multi-room and distributed audio systems, and hence has emerged as a leader in the custom installation industry. ADA was a founding member of CEDIA,…

Audio Physic
Audio Physic was founded 20 years ago in Germany. Audio Physic adheres to the concept of “No loss of fine detail” in its loudspeaker products. Take for example the Audio Physic Cardeas. They’re 47″ tall, weigh 121 pounds, and are…

Audio Research
Audio Research was founded in 1970 by legendary audio designer William Zane Johnson. Audio Research is one of the original high-end audio brands, pioneering vacuum tube designs and originating the concept of “High Definition” in audio, a phrase that has…

Audio-Technica
Audio-Technica was founded in 1962 and was initially a maker of phono cartridges. Audio Technica now makes professional and consumer audio products such as microphones, headphones, wireless systems, turntables, and mixers. In addition to their own products, Audio-Technica manufactures products…

AudioQuest
AudioQuest was founded in 1980 by Bill Low, AudioQuest helped to pioneer the concept of high-end cable products in the US and throughout the world. Their “Dragon” cable set a new bar for ultra-high-end audiophile cables in the late 1980′s….

Aural Symphonics
Aural Symphonics offers a complete line of audio, video, and digital cable products that are designed and manufactured in the USA. Aural Symphonics’ goal is to create products that “excel, enhance, communicate and recover hidden performance in products connected together…

Auton
Auton was one of the first companies to bring television lifts to the awareness of home theater installers and consumers alike. Today Auton lifts can hide HDTVs in ceilings, in cabinets or even in the floors and with the pressing…

Avantgarde
Avantguarde speakers are gigantic and often candy-colored horn speakers feature gigantic round flanges. They are the visual definition of why a wife might file for divorce about a pair of loudspeakers. Avantgarde’s horn drivers were very efficient, thus audiophiles would…

avielo by ProjectionDesign
avielo by ProjectionDesign is a consumer spin-off brand from projectiondesign. The avielo series of high performance projectors are designed and hand-built in Fredrikstad, Norway. Aimed at the high-end custom installation market, avielo projectors feature the most advanced imaging technology. The…

Axiom Loudspeakers
Axiom Loudspeakers has over 30 years in the business, and that business is selling speakers direct to consumers. They have gained cult-like status for its high-value products and no-nonsense sales and marketing approach. Notable products include the Axiom M80 v3…

Ayre
Ayre Acoustics, Inc. founded by Charles Hansen, has been designing and building quality, award winning audio and video equipment since 1993. Based in Boulder, Colorado, where all products are assembled by hand and tested. Components are sourced, where possible, from…

B&K Components
B&K was founded in 1981 and is based entirely in the USA. B&K started as an affordable high-end audio product producer similar to Adcom, and effortlessly evolved into home theater and multi-room categories to emerge as a market leader in…

Bag End Loudspeakers
Bag End is an Illinois-based manufacturer of both consumer and professional loudspeakers. The company gets its name from the home of Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. On the professional side Bag End makes sound reinforcement speakers…

BAlabo (Bridge Audio Laboratory)
BAlabo (Bridge Audio Laboratory) is pronounced Bee-A-LABO. BAlabo is an audiophile company based around the designs of Fumio Ohashi. The BAlabo BP-1 MK-II power amp and BAlabo BC-1 MK-II control preamp make up much of the current audiophile lineup for…

Balanced Audio
Balanced Audio Technology (BAT) is a high-end manufacturer of amplifiers, preamplifiers, phono stages, and CD players utilizing balanced circuit topologies and both solid state and tube technologies. Founded by Steve Bednarski and Victor Khomenko in 1995, Balanced claims their name…

Bang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen has been a pioneer in melding home entertainment with aesthetics and lifestyles elements for the over 80 years. Founded in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, B&O had a number of electronic firsts in Europe. Research…

Barco
Barco is a global leader in professional visual display products across numerous industries such as medical, defense, education, and transportation. Barco has been in business for over 75 years, and is based in Belgium. For Home Theater Review readers, Barco…

Basis Audio
Basis Audio is a New Hampshire based maker of audiophile turntables including the Debut. Basis Audio has been making turntables for over 25 years. All Basis Audio products are hand-made. Notable products include the Basis Audio Work of Art turntable,…

BDI
BDI is a Virginia-based BDI manufacturer of home theater furniture of all kinds. Most of their designs are built to house AV electronics like a receiver, a Blu-ray player and a DVR while displaying today’s most popular HDTVs at the…

Bel Canto Designs
Bel Canto Designs was founded in the early 90s by John Stronczer. Bel Canto produces innovative, high value A/V solutions and features one of the world’s most heralded digital amplifier circuits. Once known for their home theater and multi-channel products,…

Bell’Oggetti
Bell’Oggetti, or Bell’O as they’re known, utilizing Italian design elements in their home theater furniture. Bell’O has consistently produced a wide range of designs utilizing a variety of materials such as metal, wood, and glass. Founded in 1988, Bell’O has…

Benchmark Media Systems
Benchmark Media is one of the most respected companies that specializes in the fairly new trend of high-end USB DACs. Benchmark has a complete line of USB and computer friendly preamps, DACs and other audiophile electronics. Benchmark is bridging the…

BenQ
BenQ is a major manufacturer and OEM of front video projectors and high-end video products. In addition to affordable front projectors and more reference level 3-chip DLP projectors, BenQ also makes LCD monitors for computers. Founded in 2001, BenQ has…

Benz-Micro
Benz-Micro is a Swiss manufacturer of top-quality moving-coil cartridges, company headed by Albert Lukaschek. Winner of countless awards and accolades from Stereophile, Absolute Sound and others. Among the many models, the most notable products include the flagship Benz-Micro LP S…

Best Buy
Best Buy is a multinational retailer and etailer that specializes in consumer electronics. They also sell home appliances, accessories, CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray. The have co-branded with CinemaNow for a movie streaming/download service. Best known for their blue buildings and…

BetterCables.com
Brad Marcus’ BetterCables.com is a leader in direct to the consumer audiophile and home theater cables. All cables are designed and built in-house. BetterCables, founded in 1999, sells direct to the consumer, in theory offering price savings over buying cables…

BG Radia
Bohlender Graebener was founded in 1994 and is based in Nevada. Now called BG Radia, they produce leading planar ribbon loudspeaker technology and solutions for audio, video, and custom installation markets. On the in-wall side of things there’s the LA-800,…

Billy Bags
Billy Bags is one of the first high-end custom A/V furniture companies, for the last 20 years Billy Bags has produced some of the most creative and interesting solutions in the category. Founded in 1987, initially with bean-bag chair and…

Black Diamond Racing
Black Diamond Racing manufactures carbon fiber isolation devices for high end audio components, to provide a system for Vibration Control. The Black Diamond Racing LM Pillows are a dimpled and threaded cone “foot” designed to go between your equipment and…

Blockbuster on Demand
Blockbuster on Demand is the final cling to life of the dying Blockbuster brand. Essentially the same as CinemaNow, Blockbuster allied with Sonic Solutions in 2009 to give their network (Movielink) access to Sonic’s (CinemaNow). Movie and TV shows can…

Bose
Bose, founded in 1964 by Amar Bose, is truly the grandfather of mass-market loudspeakers. The Bose 901 loudspeaker is one of the most significant loudspeakers ever designed and to this day still enjoys critical acclaim. Bose, while not loved at…

Boston Acoustics
Boston Acoustics was founded in 1979 and became one of the most popular and affordable loudspeaker brands in the mid to late 1980s. Since then they have continued to flourish in the audio, home theater, car, and multimedia loudspeaker markets….

Boulder
Boulder is located, as you’d expect, in Colorado. Founded in 1984 by Bruce Van Allen, Boulder produces robust, ultra high-end two-channel audio products such as amplifiers, preamplifiers, and D/A Converters. Their products today compete in the elite, upper-echelon of audiophile…

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W)
Obsessed with the idea of making the perfect loudspeaker, John Bowers and Peter Heyward founded B&W Electronics in 1966, and have earned the respect of recording artists and engineers ever since. Now one of the biggest and most popular high…

Bryston
Bryston is a manufacturer of audio electronics like amps and preamps. Famous for its 20-year warranty policy and stringent quality control methods, Bryston produces some of the most reliable, consistent high-end and home theater electronics in the industry. Notable Bryston…

Burmester Audio
Burmester Audio, founded in Germany in 1977, produces some of the world’s highest end, exclusive (and expensive) audio products featuring amplifiers, preamplifiers, D/A Converters, and loudspeakers. Burmester feels they operate in a “creative tension between traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology.”…

Buttkicker
Buttkicker is a tactile transducer made by the Guitammer Company and it does win the best product name award. People use complicated descriptors to describe what this type of product does (it shakes your seat or floor etc) and Buttkicker…

Bybee
Physicist Jack Bybee inspires this company’s complete line of power conditioners and cables. Bybee competes with the likes of Furman, Richard Gray’s Power Company, PS Audio, Brick Wall, Furman, Purepower, Shyunata, Transparent, Equi-tech, APC, Monster Power and many other top…

Cabasse
Cabasse, founded in 1950 by Georges Cabasse, draws its design inspiration from a line of Cabasse violin, viola, and cello makers dating back to 1740. The company owns the Cabasse Acoustic Center design facility in western France from which most…

Cadence Sound
Predominantly a car audio company, Cadence offers affordable speakers for the home audio and home theater market, including a critically acclaimed series of sound bars as well as larger format home theater loudspeakers designed for 5.1 and or 7.1 applications.Home…

Cain and Cain Company
Cain and Cain is a Wala Wala, Washington based speaker made by Lovecraft Designs, a company that makes very unique speaker systems that utilize a one-driver technology. Their cabinetry is very well done. Best known for the Abby “Normal” and…

Cairn
Founded in 1994 and headed by Gilles Bélot, Cairn is based out of France and committed to introducing devices based on the best of technology combined with high-end presentation enabling them to fit right into your living room environment. Cairn…

California Audio Labs
In the 1980′s, California Audio Labs was one of the first companies to make audiophile grade CD players and CD transports that dealt with issues of jitter and vibration. They were made of dense materials and built to beyond-military specifications…

California Audio Technology (CAT)
California Audio Technology (CAT) makes the most high end, expensive audiophile and home theater speakers on the market today. Their systems are often custom built, come with specific power amplifiers and are both treated acoustically as well as specifically tuned…

Cambridge Audio
Since 1968, UK-based Cambridge Audio has produced a complete line of innovative and affordable high end audio products such as amplifiers, preamplifiers, speakers and accessories. In recent years they have branched out to deliver home theater receivers, Universal Blu Ray…

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Cambridge Soundworks
Cambridge SoundWorks is one of America’s first and largest factory-direct speaker companies. Founded in 1988 by Emmy Award-winner and Audio Hall of Fame member, the late Henry Kloss (founder of AR, KLH, and Advent), Cambridge SoundWorks provided affordable audio solutions,…

Camelot Technology
Camelot Technology was founded in the 1980s and early 1990s by Mel Schilling (co-founder and CEO) and his son Howard Schilling (co-founder and President), originally of Music and Sound (mas). At that time, digital technology ws just emerging from an…

Canare Cables
In 1970, Kimio Kawamoto founded Canare in Nagoya, Japan. He took the company name from the river nearby the office, named Kanare River. The company took a major growing-up with innovative microphone cable which is Hi-quality, low noise, variety of…

Canton
Canton is the largest manufacturer and best-selling brand of loudspeakers in Germany. It was founded in 1973 by a group of audio enthusiasts who defined their mission: “to always develop the finest loudspeakers in their class.” Today, Canton continues to…

Carada Screen
Carada Screens make and sell home theater video screens in various aspect ratios and some with masking. Carada Screens are best known for their Masquerade and Criterion screens. Carada Screens also sell direct to to the consumer via their website:…

Cardas Audio
High-end audio, video, and digital cable manufacturer founded by George Cardas, utilizing patented technologies and premium materials to create some of the world’s most respected cable solutions. Cardas is an audiophile-specific brand based in Bandon, Oregon that also provides premium…

Carver
Bob Carver is one of the five most influential people in the history of audio and his second company – Carver – was one of his biggest successes. Carver boomed in the 1970′s and even into the 1980′s but when…

Cary Audio Design
Cary Audio Design was founded by Dennis Had and his wife, Donna, in 1989. Specializing in tube based amps and pre-amps, Cary has expanded into CD players, USB DACs, and desktop audio. The Cary Classic Series consists of audiophile products…

Celestion
Founded in 1922, Celestion developed one of the earliest cone loudspeakers based on a radical new cone design patented soon after the BBC began broadcasting in 1922. Within three years, we launched the world’s first large diaphragm speaker; by the…

Cello
Founded in 1984 by Mr. Mark Levinson shortly after his departure from the Mark Levinson Company (now owned by Harman Specialty group and the premium audio provider for Lexus) Cello was once the pinnacle of ultimate audiophile performance in the…

Ceratec HiFi
Ultra-modern looking and female friendly German speakers that actually deliver on their industrial design promise. They have a robust, multi-lingual website. Some of their speakers are ultra-thin yet tall and would match installations with a flat HDTV in ways a…

Cerwin-Vega
Cerwin-Vega has been in the audio business since 1954. Since then, they’ve become known for their intense volume capabilities. Even today, Cerwin-Vega manufactures highly efficient loudspeakers and powerful subwoofers with huge, red-ringed woofers. Notable Cerwin-Vega products include:Cerwin-Vega CLS seriesCerwin-Vega VE…

CEWL Custom Cables
CEWL Custom Cables were designed to have perfect sizing for a wide range of products, and be able to keep a signal as perfect as possible over long cable runs. The low capacitance cables are available for audio and video,…

Chang Lightspeed
Chang Lightspeed is the brainchild of Michael Chang, who wanted to design the best powerline filters on the market. Chang Lightspeed claims their filters eliminate AC contamination without the use lag or noise inducing transformers or coils. Located in Sylvania,…

Channel Islands Audio
Channel Islands Audio was founded in 1997 by a small group of music lovers, engineers and craftsmen. All the products are designed, tested, and built in their facility on the Central California coast. Channel Islands Audio makes a line of…

Chesky Records
Chesky Records is a record label for audiophiles, specializing in well recorded jazz, classical, and adult contemporary music. Founded by composer David Chesky and his brother Norman, Chesky Records may not have the most recognizable names, they do produce some…

Chestnut Hill Sound
Chestnut Hill Sound is based in Newton, Massachusets, and was founded by audio and technology professionals with the goal of making new digital solutions for audio. Chestnut Hill Sound created the world’s first central platform for the playback of digital…

Chief Manufacturing
Chief Manufacturing designs and builds mounts for flat panel TVs and projectors, and racks for A/V equipment. Chief aims to build products that are easy to install and easy to maintain. Automated, or motorized, mounts are also available. Other brands…

Chord Electronics
Chord Electronics has been producing unique audio, home theater, pro audio, and Bluetooth audio products and accessories since 1989. Chord’s audiophile products have a limited but dedicated following in the United States today and compete in at the ultimate level…

CINEAK
CINEAK was founded in 1999 by a Europe based custom installation firm that wanted high-end seats for an install, and found nothing they found worthy. Belgian designers developed a chair focused on comfort and luxury, called the Fortuny. Based in…

CinemaNow
CinemaNow is a movie and TV streaming service owned by Sonic Solutions and co-branded by BestBuy. Movies and shows can be purchased or rented, then downloaded or streamed to a computer or an Internet connected device like many Blu-ray players…

CinemaShop
CinemaShop, a division of ElectroShops, specializes in all kinds of home theater accessories, furniture, seating and more. Their goal is to provide commercial quality theater products for the home. Such products as starfield ceilings, concession stands, ticket booths, carpets and…

CinemaTech Seating
CinemaTech Seating is a seating company (shock!) based in Addison, Texas. First available in 1998, CinemaTech was formed with idea of designing high-end home theater seating. CinemaTech also designs and installs acoustic room treatments for home theaters, recording studios and…

Cinepro
Cinepro is a New York based manufacturer of high-end audio. Historically known as an amplifier manufacturer, more recently several lines of speakers have been designed in-house. A preamp and power regulators are also available. Cinepro prides itself on intense levels…

Circuit City
Circuit City was an electronics retailer first founded in 1949 and defunct as of 2009. As Circuit City gained popularity in the 80′s and 90′s, they became known for their red storefronts and more importantly, trained commissioned sales help. Unlike…

Clarity Cable
Clarity Cable is a manufacturer of high-end audio cables and interconnects. Formally sold under the ZCable name, Clarity Cable is owned by Chris and Melissa Owen. Clarity claims to test their designs and builds rigorously.Notable Clarity Cable products include: Clarity…

Clark Synthesis
Clark Synthesis manufacturers transducers for use underwater and for motion effects on home theater furniture. By bolting one of the Clark Synthesis’ transducers to your sofa, and the other end to your A/V receiver, you can feel the sound effects…

Classé
Classé was founded in 1980 in Montreal, Canada. Since then it has remained one of the most respected brands of ultra high-end audio and home theater source, preamplification, and amplification components in the world. Classé’s industrial design is second to…

Clayton Audio
Clayton Audio is a St. Louis based company that specializes in Class A amplifiers. Created by a retired IBM engineer, Clayton Audio amps use Motorola bipolar transistor semiconductors. Clayton Audio claims to conservatively rate their speakers, and say they will…

Clearaudio
Clearaudio designs and builds the ultimate turntables, tonearms and cartridges. Their motto is “Take the best and make it better, only then is it just good enough.” -Peter Suchy, Founder Clearaudio. Which just about says it all. From the award…

Cobalt Cable
Cobalt Cable is a Washington state based company, founded by John Coleman, that designs and manufacturers high-end audio and video cables and interconnects. Coleman Cable’s belief is that high quality cables shouldn’t have to cost a fortune. Each cable is…

Coda Technologies
Coda Technologies was founded in 1984 as Continuum Electronics, a design and engineering consulting company, by Eric Lauchli and Lorin Peterson. In 1989, now as Coda Technologies, they started manufacturing audio electronics. The Continuum name was brought back in 1995…

Coincident Speaker Technology
Coincident Speaker Technology was founded in 1993 by Israel Bloom, a hardcore audiophile inspired by the sound of Quad ESL 63 speakers as well as Wilson WATT Puppy speakers. Coincident Speakers aim to bring the best characteristics of the big-boy…

Composite Products
Composite Products, LLC designs, manufactures and markets high performance carbon fiber anti-vibration racks, platform shelves and accessory feet and mounts for the high-end audio/video and scientific markets. Composite’s products dissipate vibration from internal and external sources including air-born over complete…

Conrad-Johnson
Conrad-Johnson was founded by Dr. William Conrad and Dr. Lewis Johnson. The company has produced some of the world’s most highly regarded amplifiers, preamplifiers, and CD players since 1977, utilizing a variety of tube, solid state, hybrid, and FET-based designs….

Continental Seating
Continental Seating is a Texas based manufacturer of theater seating. They have several different brands they sell under, including Bravo, GrandTier, Titan and CenterStage. They have thousands of different fabric, leather and color combinations available across a wide range of…

Control4
Control4 is a home automation company that offers a little more DIY access than the higher priced Crestron and AMX products. Installers like Control4 for homes that can’t justify the often high cost of a full Crestron control system. Control4…

Convergent Audio Technology (C.A.T.)
Convergent Audio Technology is a small audio manufacturer based in New York. The brainchild of Ken Stevens, Convergent Audio Technology is sold primarily through The Analog Shop, models include the JL3 Triode Monoblock, the JL2 Triode Powerhouse, and the SL1…

Cool Components
Cool Components is a Tampa based manufacturer that specializes in innovative cooling devices for home theater racks and home theater installations. Heat kills both the performance and lifespan of high performance AV gear especially as they become increasingly computer based….

Copland
Copland specializes in tube-based high end audio products, and also offers multi-channel and room correction solutions. Scandinavia’s answer to Mark Levinson’s Cello and, unlike Cello, which is in the “where are they now” file of audiophile brands, Copland continues to…

Copulare
Copulare is a German manufacturer of high-end audiophile racks, stands, and iPod docks. Copulare is also known in the USA as Tonebases. Copular subscribes to the theory that any resonance or vibration in a piece of equipment will reduce its…

Core Audio Designs
Core Audio Designs is a San Francisco based manufacturer of wood equipment racks, speaker stands, isolation tables, and acoustic treatments. Core Audio Designs uses premium hardwoods, steel and granite in their designs. Component racks like the Core Audio Designs MOD4…

Creative Labs
Creative Labs is best known as the manufacturer of SoundBlaser sound cards for computers. They’ve branched out and now makes sub/sat speakers, web cams, MP3 and video players, headphones, table radios and more. Notable Creative Labs products include: Creative ZEN…

Creek
Creek Audio is a English manufacturer of high-end audio electronics. Creek is the brainchild of, and are still designed by, Mike Creek. Though now he’s joined by a team of engineers. The first product was the $150 30-watt CAS4040 integrated…

Crestron
Crestron is the leading manufacturer of touch screen remotes and home automation systems. Crestron is the A-list dealer’s choice for providing one-touch control of an entire home’s automated functionality including multi-room audio, distributed video, lighting, HVAC, security and much more….

Crown
Crown is a professional grade amplifier used mostly in sound reinforcement. Crown is one of the Harman International brands and is highly respected in the pro audio world for making powerful and durable power amps and electronics. Crown for years…

Cue Acoustics
Cue Acoustics designs and builds premium table radios designed to work with iPods. Each radio is hand-assembled in the US, and is designed to not only sound good but be easy to use. The founders and development team are made…

D-BOX Technologies
D-BOX Technologies designs and manufactures motion systems for commercial and consumer applications. These motion effects are coded specifically for each title (both movies and video games) and shake your theater chair when the action on-screen warrants it. The D-BOX Motion…

D-Sonic
D-Sonic is a small amplifier manufacturer that specializes in small, high-powered amps. Specifically, switching (Class-D) amps powered by Bang&Olufsen’s ICEpower chips. Much like Bel Canto and NuForce, D-Sonic’s Ice Amp designs are Class-D technology which is known for its quiet…

D-Tools
D-Tools is a software company that creates tools for writing home theater and home automation bids, doing system drawings, designing racks and beyond.Based in Concord, California, D-Tools System Integrator is “total solution” that includes AutoDesk AutoCAD and Microsoft Visio so…

Da-Lite
Da-Lite was founded in 1909, and is the leading producer of high quality commercial and residential projection screens worldwide. With headquarters in Warsaw, Indiana and additional operations in the U.S. and Europe, Da-Lite manufactures projection screens and accessories for Fortune…

Dahlquist
Dahlquist was founded in 1972, made a splash in the high end audio world with its debut DQ-10 loudspeaker, designed by Saul Marantz and Jon Dahlquist. Dahlquist is famous for its “phased array” of unique drivers arranged on different planes…

Dali Loudspeakers
Dali Loudspeakers was founded in 1983. Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries has produced a wide range of high performance audio and home theater loudspeakers in numerous furniture-grade finishes. Dali’s goal is to develop and refine new technologies to increase the realism…

darTZeel
darTZeel is a Swiss maker of quirky yet very high end electronics. darTZeel is a company that replaces the volume control moniker with the “pleasure control” to give you an idea how they keep a lighthearted outlook on the hobby…

DataColor
Datacolor makes video calibration devices such as the Spyder which can reportedly auto-calibrate your video display device. Datacolor is one of the global leaders in color management and color communication techologies. Swiss owned (but based in the US), Datacolor has…

DaVinciAudio Labs
DaVinciAudio Labs is an extremely high-end Swiss manufacturer of LP/turntable products, speakers, amps and electronics. DaVinciAudio feels that the sound reproduced by their products is “more than a kind of art.” That it “shows the inner beauty of the music”…

Davone Audio
Davone Audio makes one of the least “speaker looking” speakers we have ever seen. This Copenhagen-based audiophile speaker company actually makes speakers that look more like arch-shaped furniture than any traditional box speaker. They are truly a must see for…

DaySequerra
DaySequerra was founded by legendary tuner designer Dick Sequerra (designer of the famous Marantz 10B Tuner). DaySequeera specializes in consumer and professional products for radio, television, and Internet broadcasts. Notable DaySequerra products include: DaySequerra M2A-FM FM tuner DaySequerra M4.0X HD…

DCM Loudspeakers
DCM, makers of the “Time Window” speakers, is one of the most storied brands in loudspeaker history. Founded in 1974, DCM has made many well-reviewed and highly loved speakers. DCM feels that they’re able to produce high-quality speakers by hand-picking…

dCS
dCS makes some of the absolute finest, most expensive digital audio sources including upsampling DACs, CD transports and more. Notable products include the dCS Elgar DAC, and the dCS Scarlatti DAC. Based in Cambridge, UK, dCS’s philosophy is to “get…

Decware
Decware is an Illinois-based maker of high end audiophile tube gear designed by Steve Deckert. Founded in 1996 and based in East Peoria, IL, Decware started with “The Zen Triode” and has continued with low power, single ended triode amps….

Definitive Technology
Definitive Technology was founded in 1990 by audio industry legend Sandy Gross. Since then, Definitive Technology has established itself as one of the world’s most respected, recognized, and best reviewed loudspeaker brands. Featuring a patented bi-polar design, exemplary build quality…

deHavilland
DeHavilland is a Washington state based maker of true Class-A, single ended triode (SET) tube power amps such as the 50A. They’ve been in business since 1997, and have a claimed mission of building the “ultimate vacuum tube amplifiers.” They…

Denon
Denon was founded in 1910 with an emphasis on gramophone players, “Den-on” formed as a merger of Denki Onkyo company of Japan (with “On” meaning ‘sound’ and “Kyo” meaning ‘harmony). After partnering with record company Columbia in 1927, Denon focused…

DEQX Pty Ltd.
DEQX is an Australian company founded in the mid-90s that makes very sophisticated room correction and digital EQ software that is used in black-box solutions as well as OEM speaker solutions such as Wasatch Audio Lab and NHT speakers. Notable…

DeVore Fidelity
DeVore Fidelity is a Brooklyn, New York based audiophile maker of some very nice looking floorstanding loudspeakers including the Gibbon and the Silverback. While named after primates, the speakers don’t look very monkey-like. Founded in 2000 by John DeVore, DeVore…

Digeo
Digeo is the creator of the Emmy Award- winning Moxi Media Center and backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Digeo empowers subscribers with a full range of digital entertainment capabilities including: digital video recording (DVR); high-definition (HD) programming; digital media…

Digital Projection
Digital Projection is a video projector company that has built a strong following in the ultra-high end home theater space with installers and consumers looking for ultra-bright and customizable projectors. Notable Digital Projection products: Digital Projection iVision 20 series Digital…

Digital Theater Systems (DTS)
Digital Theater Systems (DTS) is, along with Dolby, the main providers of audio compression for DVD and Blu-ray discs along with theatrical applications. Originally created as a less compressed 5.1 surround sound format for Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster, Jurassic Park, DTS…

DirecTV
DirecTV is the leading Satellite provider in the United States today with over 20,000,000 subscribers. They are best known for their exclusive relationship with the NFL. DirecTV was the first to market digital satellite television in the United States and…

Display Devices
Display Devices was founded in 1989 and designs and manufactures A/V support products, includeing lifts, mounts, enclosures and stands for video projectors, HDTVs and other display devices for commercial and consumer use. Notable Display Devices products include: Display Devices Flex-Mount…

DK Design Group
This brand blew on to the audiophile scene with much fanfare and fizzled as fast as it made its mark with a very Mark Levinson looking (not sounding) Internet-direct integrated amp. DK Design Group is now LSA Audio Group. Robert…

dnp
dnp, located in Denmark, is projection screen company that claims a 65% world market share. Founded in 1989, dnp is a division of Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd of Japan. Currently Dai Nippon Printing Co. has 35 production plants and…

Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Labs is one of the most significant companies in AV history. Some argue that the development of Dolby Pro Logic and its application on VHS tape is the true spark that started the home theater business. Today Dolby Labs…

Draper
Draper is an Indiana-based maker of premium film screens for home theater. Draper also sells lifts and mounts for projectors and flat panels. Draper was founded by Luther Draper in 1902, manufacturing window shades. In addition to screens, lifts and…

DreamVision
DreamVision is a small, French maker of performance oriented projectors that cater to the home theater enthusiast looking for a solid value in his or her 1080p projector. Best known for their colorful cabinets, DreamVision specializes in LCOS and DLP…

Dual
Dual is one of the original brands of high-end turntables. Now a subsidiary of the Namsung Corporation, Dual produces a complete line of home, mobile, and marine audio as well as mobile video and GPS products. Notable Dual products include…

Dunlavy Audio Labs
Out of business today, John Dunlavy’s speakers gained prominence in the mid-1990′s based on Stereophile reviews. It is said wives filed divorce over these “coffin-like” speakers that were upwards of seven feet tall and very inefficient. Notable Dunlavy Audio Labs…

Duntech
Duntech is an Australian loudspeaker maker who really had a hot hand in the 1980′s with their absolutely gigantic, towering speakers. Duntech today is the self-proclaimed “most accurate speaker” which is an odd claim. The company is not seen in…

Dynaco
Dynaco was founded in 1955, and is best known for their famous and best-selling Stereo 70 amplifier introduced in 1959. The Dynaco ST-70 also spawned many offshoots and modified versions of its design, including the Electronic Industries ST-70 C2/C3 which…

Dynaudio
Dynaudio, founded in 1977 in Skanderborg, Denmark, is a leading manufacturer of high performance loudspeaker systems. Having established itself as one of the largest and most advanced high-end audio companies worldwide. Dynaudio’s loudspeaker products are renowned for their high-tech drivers…

Dynavector
Dynavector is a Tokyo-based maker of high end audio cartridges for LP and turntable use. This brand goes way back to the early days of audiophilia and high end playback via LP. Notable Dynavector products include: Dynavector DV-20X2 moving coil…

Earthquake Sound
Earthquake Sound was founded in 1985 and capitalized on the budding home theater movement by producing some of the highest output, low frequency response subwoofers on the market Eventually Earthquake Sound produced a complete line of amplifiers and loudspeakers. Notable…

EgglestonWorks
EgglestonWorks was founded by William Eggleston (a descendant of the noted photographer) with the goal of reproducing that live music sound. Memphis-based EgglestonWorks relies upon live music analysis to create its ultra high-end stereo and multi-channel loudspeaker designs noted for…

ELAC
ELAC was founded in 1926 in Germany manufacture high-end loudspeakers utilize all-custom drive units, patented technologies, and precision manufacturing techniques. The company claims their engineers are “never satisfied” wanting instead to improve and invent. Most of ELAC’s speakers are built…

ELAN Home Systems
ELAN makes and sells globally a full line of home automation products including touch screen remote controls, multi-room system control products, amps and much more. ELAN was founded in 1989 in Lexington, Kentucky, where they are still located. ELAN claims…

Electro Research
Founded in the late 1970s by high-end audio legends Mel Schilling and John Iverson, Electro Research produced two of the industry’s most respected and universally acclaimed products in its short history: the EK-1 Preamplifier and A75 Amplifier. Both products featured…

Electrocompaniet
Electrocompaniet is a pioneer in high current amplifier designs. Norway-based Electrocompaniet now offers a complete line of products including CD players, preamplifiers, integrated amplifiers, AC power products, and professional audio products. Notable Electrocompaniet products include: The award-winning ECI 5 MKII…

Elite Screens
Elite Screens Inc. is a California-based company founded in 2004 by manufacturing veterans from the AV/IT/Custom industry. Elite Screens specializes in affordable and innovative high quality projection screens in a wide range of types and sizes for all applications, including…

EMM Labs
EMM Labs is the electronics brand of engineer Ed Meitner. Meitner’s digital audio components are use in high end recording studios around the world and he now sells some of those products to audiophiles so they can get the in-the-studio…

Emotiva
Emotiva is a direct seller of home theater and audiophile electronics as well as a line of speakers. Emotiva is the in-house brand of a US-based OEM manufacturer of electronics that makes some of the much more pricey products. Founded…

Energy Loudspeakers
Energy Speakers was founded in 1973 and in the late 1990′s became one of the most popular brands in the ultra-competitive “affordable” range specifically powered by their Take 5.1 small speaker system. In the mid-2000′s, API (Energy’s parent company) was…

Ensemble
Ensemble is Swiss made audiophile products that HomeTheaterReview.com’s editor calls “super premium.” Ensemble’s product line includes audiophile gold such as the Fono Amplifier, the Dichromo HI-DAC and the Dirondo Drive.All Ensemble products are handmade in Switzerland, even going so far…

Epos
Epos was founded in 1983 by Robin Marshall. UK-based, Epos Acoustics designs and manufactures an affordable range of audio and home theater bookshelf and floorstanding loudspeakers, center channels, and subwoofers. Their new line of MI speakers are narrow in footprint…

Epson
Epson is one of the biggest producer of front video display devices. While more established in the presentation/office market, Epson has made some significant strides in the consumer – home theater market in recent years with small, affordable 1080p projectors…

Equi=Tech
Equi=Tech comes from the world of professional audio, and brings with it some of the most heavy duty AC power isolation products available. Equi=Tech’s line is complete and even includes products that your electrician can install. Founded in 1992 by…

Escalante Design
Escalante Design is a Utah based speaker company that’s a relative new comer to the market but has gained some serious momentum with their “green” approach to speaker building as well as ultra-efficient speaker designs. Their Freemont speaker might be…

ESP Loudspeakers
ESP Loudspeakers was founded in the UK by Sean McCaughan. After folding in the late 90′s, ESP made a triumphant return in 2003. These large format audiophile speakers have the goal of reproducing a live musical event. ESP Loudspeakers are…

Etymotic Research
Etymotic Research was founded in 1983 and has helped to pioneer headphone and earphone products that enhance and protect hearing. Holder of 89 patents, Etymotic employs a staff of experts in audiology and plays a large role in educational efforts…

Evett and Shaw
Salt Lake City-based Evett and Shaw made a complete line of speakers in the late 1990′s but was best known for their di-aural, desktop speakers called the Elans. The braintrust behind the company included speaker designer Clayton Shaw and, more…

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Exact Power Systems
Exact Power Systems was founded by Ron Jackson (of Jackson transformer fame). Exact Power was one of the first power regeneration devices to come to market. Using crude descriptions, Exact Power uses a digital amp to recreate part of the…

Extron
Extron is an AV parts company that makes hundreds of different components, parts and gear that helps connect and control home theater and home automation systems including HDMI switchers, IR remote systems, IP link systems, distribution amps and much more….

Faroudja
Founded by Yves and Isabel Faroudja in 1971, Faroudja Laboratories developed a range of revolutionary video processing technologies that helped to improve the inferior NTSC television standard used in the US, as well as its corresponding source formats such as…

Final Loudspeakers
Founded in 1991, Final Sound was the first company to make flat speakers that matched the pending flat HDTV boom that would change consumer video forever. Final’s CEO fell into legal trouble based on past business dealings at a European…

First Watt
First Watt is a kitchen table project for legendary power amp designer, Nelson Pass. These low power and often Class-A operation amps are for hardcore audiophiles looking for high performance sound from low powered amps. First Watt amps must be…

Focal Loudspeakers
Founded in 1980 by engineer Jacques Mahul, Focal went on to dominate the French loudspeaker business. Focal performs all of its design and manufacturing in-house, and has earned worldwide industry acclaim for its driver and cabinetry quality and performance. Their…

Furman
Furman has been producing high-quality, professional products since 1974. Our products fall into two broad categories: the audio and video signal processors (on which the company was founded) and the innovative AC power conditioning and distribution products for which we…

Genelec
Genelec is an absolute force in the professional audio world and have been making significant inroads in the world of consumer speakers. While audiophiles have fought the idea of powered speakers, these speakers come with all of the amp power…

GoldenEar Technology
GoldenEar Technology is the newest speaker company from Sandy Gross, the co-founder of Polk and Definitive Technology. GoldenEar is launched to the industry at the CEDIA 2010 with an impressive sound room demo. The first speakers, the Triton 2, shipped…

Goldmund
Founded in 1978 as a tonearm manufacturer, Goldmund went on to develop an ultra high-end line of complete audio systems under the “Swiss Made” moniker, utilizing radical design concepts, premium materials, and uncompromising production standards. Goldmund has lost its distribution…

GRAAF
RAAF is a high-end, Italian maker of tube electronics created by Giovanni Mariani. They are best known for products like the GRAAF GM200 power amp which has beautiful lines. GRAAF is also known for their 5050 amp. Notable GRAAF products…

Grado
Family owned since the 1950s, Grado Labs has been one of the most respected and venerable audio companies. Initially famous for its phono cartridges, Grado is now a well-respected name in headphones and portable audio products, Grado owns 48 patents…

Grand Prix Audio
Grand Prix Audio makes some of the nicest and most expensive performance originated equipment racks on the market today. They argue that vibration coming into your system is as big a problem as any of the shortcomings of your system….

Grandview Screen Company
Based in Canada and China, Grandview, founded in 1998, produces fixed, fastfold, portable, manual, tab-tensioned, tripod mountable, and motorized projection screens, with RoHS compliance and CE, UL and ISO9001 certifications. They hold several patents in numerous countries and emphasize green…

Gryphon
Founded in 1985, Gryphon products are designed and manufactured in Denmark, and feature a cost-no-object approach utilizing premium materials and unique cosmetics, mated to a simple, minimalist circuit design approach. At one point Dynaudio was importing the brand into the…

Hafler
Founded in 1972 by audio design legend and Dynaco founder David Hafler, Hafler produced a series of affordable, reliable, critically acclaimed solid-state and MOSFET amplifiers and preamplifiers. Hafler also pioneered very early work in surround sound, including matrix configurations. In…

Halcro
Based in Austrialia, Halco is an audiophile company that came to prominence in the early 2000′s from the brain trust of a mine sweeper company. Their $30,000 monoblock amps received a review that called them “The Best Amplifiers in the…

Hansen Audio
Lars Hansen has made splash in the very competitive world of ultimate audiophile speakers competing in some cases with the likes of Wilson Audio and JM Labs in the $100,000 plus category. Hansen has also gained some solid dealers in…

Harman Kardon
One of the most recognized names in the high fidelity industry, Harman Kardon introduced a number of product concepts to the world, starting in 1954 with the first mono receiver, the Festival D1000, and in 1958 with the first stereo…

Harmony Remote
Owned by computer accessory company Logitech, Harmony is one of the coolest new companies to hit the market. If you can use a web browser, you can program a custom remote control for your system. It’s that simple and customers…

Hulu
Hulu is NBC and Universal’s video download service. Hulu currently allows users to watch low resolution movies at no cost however they have ads that unlike TiVo can not be skipped. Unlike Google’s YouTube service which is more user created…

Hurley Screens
Hurley Screen have been making filmscreens for theatrical, professional and home theater use going back as far as 1935. Today’s product lineup even boasts screens designed for the burgeoning world of 3D playback. Hurley Screen pioneered categories such as louvered…

Infinity
Founded by loudspeaker design legend Arnie Nudell, Infinity is one of the most legendary brands in audio history. You could argue that without Infinity, there would be no high end audio as they were instrumental to getting high end audio…

InFocus
InFocus is a well respected manufacturer of entry to mid-level 1080 front video projectors for home theater use. InFocus also has a good foothold in commercial video installations including churches, conference rooms and educational venues. Most InFocus projectors use Texas…

Integra
Integra is Onkyo’s higher end electronics line. Integra has led the way in high performance HDMI receivers and AV preamps. While audiophile electronics companies have floundered to get their act together, Integra is delivering for clients with real world HDMI…

ISF – Imaging Science Foundation
Founded by Joe Kane and run today by Joel Silver, the ISF is a company that trains today’s video calibrators how to get the most from HDTVs, projectors and other video devices. The ISF, much like THX, also works with…

Jadis
Jadis is a French maker of audiophile electronics that may or may not still be in business in 2008. In the late 1980′s this line of exotic audiophile electronics was quite the buzz. Today it has practically zero distribution in…

Jamo
Jamo makes some of the most sexy speaker designs on the market today. Recently Klipsch bought out Jamo to add to their growing list of speaker and electronics brands under the Kilpsch umbrella. Only a few years later Klipsch was…

JBL
As a young boy, James B. Lansing built a radio transmitter (which the Navy ended up confiscating), and the rest is history. After spending time in radio engineering, Mr. Lansing, with some other family members, began building loudspeaker drivers and…

Jeff Rowland Design
A high-end audio benchmark for over 20 years and famous for its acoustically inert chassis design, Jeff Rowland builds robust two-channel electronics such as amplifiers, preamplifiers, and integrated amplifiers, some of which incorporate innovative features such as battery power supplies…

JL Audio
JL Audio is best known for their car audio line but they have in the past few years made serious inroads in the world of audiophile and home theater subwoofers that both have room correction and tremendous power, including the…

Jolida
Emerging out of the tube electronics movement of the mid-1990s, Jolida designs and manufactures tube-based CD players, amplifiers, preamplifiers, and integrated amplifiers. Jolida finds itself as one of the more affordable audiophile tube solutions, thus the choice for the value-minded…

JVC
Founded in 1927, Victor Company of Japan originally made records, phonographs, radios, and eventually Japan’s first television. The company invented the VHS video tape format, one of the most significant inventions in consumer electronics history. JVC continued its innovation in…

KEF
KEF is one of the most successful British loudspeaker companies ever. In the late 1980′s they were the leading brand of speakers from the UK in the American market. In 1990′s they had distribution issues that allowed players like Canada’s…

Kimber Kable
Kimber Kable is the brainchild of Ray Kimber. Founded in 1979, Kimber Kable manufacturers a wide range of speaker cables and interconnects. Kimber Kables are best known for their open, braided-cable designs. Kimber Kable has won many awards including a…

KLH
KLH was founded by legendary audio designer Henry Kloss (among others) in 1957. KLH produced many fine loudspeakers in its early years but was most famous for its Model Eight table top radio, and Model Eleven portable stereo system. KLH…

Klipsch
Klipsch was founded in 1946 by Paul Klipsch who built upon horn loaded speaker technology by bringing it to the home in smaller form factors. The company’s debut product, the Klipschorn, received a patent in 1945 and still remains in…

Krell
Krell was founded in 1980 by Dan and Rondi D’Agostino. Krell stands alongside a handful of other companies atop the high-end audio and home theater industry as one of the most recognized, respected, and best reviewed brands in its history….

Lamm Industries
Designed and manufactured in the USA, Lamm Industries has produced some of the world’s most ambitious hybrid high-end audio electronics since 1993, utilizing three US patents. Lamm products are used and loved by other audiophile companies at trade shows as…

Legacy Audio
A pioneer in the direct buy distribution of high end audio, Legacy Audio has been designing and manufacturing world-class loudspeakers in a variety of finishes and configurations for over 20 years. Legacy is leading the audiophile “twice the speaker for…

Leon Speakers
Leon speakers has come to market with speakers designed for today’s flat HDTV market. In the past three or four years, Leon has been able to build quite a following receiving rave reviews from the likes of Brent Butterworth of…

Lexicon
Since 1971, Lexicon has produced some of the world’s most revered and adopted professional audio products and technologies. Its LOGIC 7 adds realism to home and movie theater movie playback, and its host of professional audio mixers and related products…

LG
LG is one of the largest manufacturers of HDTV and home theater electronics in the world. LG, which stands for “life’s good” is a Korean company best known for their 1080p Infinia flat HDTV. LG makes mostly LED HDTVs but…

Linn
Founded in 1971 by Ivor Tiefenbrun in Glasgow, Scotland, Linn’s foundation firmly rests on a love of music, and the benefits it provides to people when enjoyed at its highest reproductive level. It executes this belief with formidable, exhaustive engineering…

Logitech
Logitech is the computer giant behind the slick and relevant Harmony Remote controls and media servers like the Transporter. Harmony remotes are a true break through in Universal remote design as any consumer with a computer can program a Harmony…

Luxman
Founded in 1925, Luxman initially began in radio and eventually created a worldwide business as a premium parts manufacturer. Luxman then produced many well-regarded products in the hi-fi boom of the late 70s and early 80s such as its luxurious,…

Lyra
Founded in 1983, Lyra, run in Japan by audio distribution legend Stig Bjorge, produces ultra high end preamplifiers and phono catridges and accessories, and was made famous in the 1990s by its Parnassus phono cartridge. Lyra is still alive and…

M&K Sound
M&K, or Miller and Kreisel began as a labor of love of a brilliant young recording engineer named Ken Kreisel, who sought to accurately re-produce the low frequency response of audio recordings. He partnered with legendary high-end audio dealer Jonas…

Madrigal
Madrigal, founded by Sandy Berlin and Mike Kay (of Lyric Hifi in New York), was the parent company of Mark Levinson and Proceed. Today, these brands (along with Revel and Lexicon) fall under the umbrella of Harman Specialty Group -…

Magico
Magico, based in Berkeley, CA, designs and builds audiophile speakers. Founded as an attempt at a “no-holds-barred” assault on normal loudspeaker design. Many of their designs use aluminum instead of MDF or wood. Notable Magico products include the gigantic Magico…

Magnepan
Magnepan was founded in 1969 by Jim Winey, who refined the concept of electrostatic speakers with its “Magenplanar” design. Incredibly thin and sonically transparent, this design for many has defined musicality over the last 40 years, and ironically has found…

Magnolia Audio Video
Magnolia Audio Video is the high-end arm of Best Buy. Many stores are adjacent to or part of other Best Buy stores. Founded independently over 50 years ago in Seattle, Magnolia’s founder Len Tweten described their goal as “”near fanatical…

Magnum Dynalab
Magnum Dynalab, founded in 1984, produces some of the world’s best FM tuners, as well as XM Satellite Radio products and integrated amplifiers. Magnum Dynalab is still family owned and operated, and design their products with “great care to ensure…

Manley Laboratories
Manley Laboratories, since the late 1980s, has produced tube-based source components, amplifiers, preamplifiers, and professional audio products have retained a remarkably consistent presence in their respective markets. Proudly built in Chino (California), not China, Manley does all their own design,…

Mapleshade
Mapleshade is mostly known as an audiophile record label, but there is a cult following for Mapleshade’s affordable speaker cables. HomeTheaterReview.com’s Andrew Robinson swears by them and he is no audiophile tweaker. Mapleshade also sells a line of equipment racks…

Marantz
Marantz is one of the first, best known and most respected high end audio and home theater brands. Saul Marantz founded his company in 1952 and helped pioneer generations of performance excellence. Marantz’s Model 7 preamplifier, Model 8 and 9…

Mark Levinson
Mark Levinson was founded in 1972 by legendary audio designer Mark Levinson. The MLC-1 moving coil cartridge and JC-1 preamplifier (named for its designer, the legendary John Curl who went on to design products for Parasound), were amung the first…

Marsh Sound Design
Marsh Sound Design is the brainchild of Richard Marsh, a well known and very well respected designer of audiophile and home theater electronics. Marsh has designed products for many gigantic audio companies, and opened his own company in 1999. Marsh…

MartinLogan
Martin Logan, founded by Gayle Sanders and Ron Sutherland in Lawrence, Kansas in the 1980′s, is today one of the most sought after brands of audiophile and home theater speakers. Their hybrid electrostatic designs make for a thin speaker that in…

MBL of America
MBL is a German-made speaker that has carved a stellar reputation for its handcrafted electronics and loudspeaker products, featuring 360-degree radiation patterns, proprietary driver technologies, and exotic modern cabinetry. The incredible Luxury Line, features the MBL 101 X-treme. The 101…

McIntosh
McIntosh was founded in the late 1940s and is one of the original high-end audio companies. McIntosh Labs holds 35 patents and has produced some of the industry’s most valuable and formidable technologies and inventions, as well as numerous celebrated…

Meridian
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Metaxas Audio Systems
Metaxas was founded in Australia by Kostas Metaxas. Metaxas Audio Systems designs and manufactures a variety of high end amplifiers, preamplifiers, integrated amplifiers, and cables, and uses extensive recording studio experience and technology in its R&D. Notable Metaxas Audio Systems…

Middle Atlantic Products
Middle Atlantic Products makes the most well respected custom AV racks. Used mostly by custom home theater installers, there is a great sense of pride in carefully rack mounting a home theater or home automation system specifically using custom faceplates,…

Mirage
Mirage was a huge presence in the high-end loudspeaker markets of the 80s and 90s. Now owned by Klipsch, it continues to produce well-regarded products using its Omnipolar technology for 360-degree-like sound. Notable Mirage products include: Mirage OS³-FS tower speakers…

Mission Loudspeakers
Mission Loudspeakers was founded in the UK in 1977. Mission pioneered polymer-based loudspeaker driver development and remains a well-respected loudspeaker brand throughout the world. Other technologies Mission helped to pioneer are TFCT (Transverse Folded Cabinet Technology), Keraform (Ceramic Matrix Cone),…

MIT Cables
MIT or “Musical Interface Technologies” was one of the first successful lines of very high-end audiophile cables in the mid-to-late 1980s. The company lost some of its sock when lead designer, Jack Sumner and his wife Karen, left to form…

Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi is a pioneer in the direct view, rear-projection and high-definition television industry, and maker of some of the first advanced VCRs, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America remains a force in the market despite substantially increased competition. Their most recent technological…

ModWright LLC
ModWright LLC, also known as ModWright Instruments, is a maker of of tube electronics and capacitors for end users to modify certain other products for better sound quality. Founded by Dan Wright in 2000, ModWright soon started manufacturing preamps and…

Monitor Audio
Monitor Audio was founded in 1972 and pioneered the use of metal cone drivers. They continue to produce some of the industry’s most respected and consistent lines of loudspeakers. Today’s C-CAM metal domes are instantly recognizable visually and audibly. Notable…

Monster
Monster, also known as Monster Cable, was founded in 1979 by mechanical engineer Noel Lee. Monster Cable pioneered the concept of high-end cables and connective accessories throughout the world. A tremendous innovator as well as marketer, Monster holds over 200…

Moon Audio
Moon Audio is an enthusiast favorite brand that makes everything from interconnects to AC power cables to video cables. All Moon Audio’s cables are built in-house by Moon. Notable Moon Audio products include: Moon Audio Silver Dragon Power Cord V1…

Mordaunt Short
Mordaunt-Short is a British manufacturer of loudspeaker systems big and small. Mordaunt-Short has a significant global distribution and many rave editorial reviews. Founded in 1967, Mordaunt-Short has the distinction of having their first ever range distributed exclusively with Harrods of…

Morel Acoustics
Morel Acoustics, also known as Morel Loudspeakers, are an Israeli company known more for their car audio speakers and OEM raw drivers. Morel has made numerous attempts to market speakers in the United States including recent efforts to market adjustable-sized…

Muse
Muse Electronics was founded in 1989, with the goal to create products that are transparent. The company motto “The Quest for Music Leads to Muse” says it all. Muse currently has three products. The Muse erato II, a two-channel disc…

Music and Sound (mas)
After founding legendary high-end audio retailer Music and Sound in the 1960s, dabbling in manufacturing with Electro Research in the late 1970s, and distributing numerous brands in the 1980s, Mel Schilling turned his attention full-time to the production of specialty…

Music Hall
Music Hall is the brainchild of audiophile importer Roy Hall, and was founded in 1985. Their Czech-made turntables regularly make Stereophile’s Recommended Components list. Music Hall sells sensibly priced electronics and turntables to discerning music lovers. They’re also a distributor…

Musical Fidelity
Musical Fidelity was founded in 1982 and produces an affordable line of high-performance audio and home theater electronics. The company first gained notoriety in the early 1980s for its affordable, minimalist preamplifiers, integrated amplifiers, and Digilog D/A Converter. In the…

NAD
Founded in 1972 in London, England, New Acoustic Dimension, or NAD, is now located in Ontario, Canada. NAD brought a refreshing “dimension” to high-end audio with its affordable, high performance electronics and source components featuring simplistic operation complemented by an…

Nagra
Nagra is arguably the most respected professional audio brand in the world. Nagra introduced its first tape recorder, the Nagra I, in 1952, and ever since has built on its success by continually raising the bar in the field of…

Naim Audio
Naim Audio was founded in the UK offers high tech products with features and functionality within a classic, minimalist cosmetic design. Naim’s product line once included fine tonearms and now reaches across many categories, including amplifiers, preamplifiers, source components featuring…

Nakamichi
Nakamichi was founded in 1948 by Etsuro Nakamichi. Nakamichi rose to prominence as the most respected and enamored cassette deck designer and manufacturer in history. While Nakamichi extended its design brilliance into the categories of turntables, CD playback, and amplifiers,…

NEC
NEC a global conglomerate that offers products and electronic technologies to business and consumers. They sold their plasma production to Pioneer, but continue to make and OEM LCD flat panel displays and video projectors as part of their involvement in…

Netflix
Netflix is the most powerful online rental house of home video content including DVD-Video and Blu-ray. Netflix’s business model of making a list and having them send you the discs you request goes over very well with consumers. The idea…

NHT
NHT was founded in 1986. Now Hear This played a big role in the proliferation of affordable high end loudspeaker products in the mid to late 1990s. Featuring a unique 21 degree baffle, the company’s debut Model 1 made quite…

Niles Audio
Niles Audio was founded in 1978 and originally produced switching systems for audio retailers to easily demonstrate products. The company then evolved into whole-house audio switching and distribution systems, and eventually went on to dominate the then-infant custom installation industry….

Noble Fidelity
Founded in 2006, Noble Fidelity designs and manufactures In Ceiling, In Wall and Indoor/Outdoor Loudspeakers that adhere to strict environmentally-friendly standards. They are the first North American manufacturer to offer a full-line EU RoHS compliant product range.The L-55 LCRS line…

Nola Speakers
Nola Speakers are large format loudspeakers targeted to the audiophile market. They have some mainstream distribution such as Lyric HiFi in New York City. They also have received some very positive ink from international and extreme audiophile publications. Notable Nola…

Nordost
One of the most underrated cable companies in the world beloved by audiophiles with extreme systems worldwide, Nordost utilizes flat cable technology and exceptional craftsmanship to create its high performance lineup of audio, video, digital, and power cable products. Nordost…

NuForce
NuForce is one of the biggest audiophile success stories in the past decade. They sell direct to the consumer and have made the idea of high powered, Class-D digital amps popular with audio enthusiasts. Founded in 2005, NuForce claims its…

NuVision
NuVision makes high performance LCD HDTVs designed for the home theater installer and the specialty AV market….

NuVo
NuVo Technologies is a Kentucky based company that specializes in whole-home audio systems. From distribution, to amplification, to speakers and sources, NuVo’s goal is to get the best possible audio to as many rooms as inexpensively as possible. NuVo has…

Ohm Acoustics
Since 1975, Ohm Speakers have utilized their proprietary and patented loudspeaker technologies to produce their famous line of Walsh and Micro Walsh loudspeakers, sold factory direct. The current lineup include the top of the line 5000, which is 13″ square…

Olive Media Products
Olive servers are an audiophile grade yet somewhat affordable music server. Their their industrial design is unique and attractive. Founded in 2005 by Dr. Oliver Bergmann and Robert Altmann, Olive felt that technology should be able to improve the music…

Omnimount
OmniMount makes an entire host of projector and speaker mounts as well as thousands of other AV products installation parts and devices. For over 30 years OmniMount has been a leader in audio and TV mounts. Currently OmniMount makes motorized…

Onkyo
Founded in 1946, Onkyo, along with brands like Kenwood, Yamaha, and Denon, has helped to bring high performance audio and home theater electronics to enthusiasts on a budget. Its Integra line, once marketing in conjunction with the main line’s products,…

Oppo Digital
Oppo Digital is an audiophile and home theater enthusiasts favorite. They make hot-rodded source components such as HDMI DVD and modified Blu-ray players. Their business model is to sell direct to the client and they have a very loyal following…

Optoma
Optoma makes a very well respected line of front video projectors. On the small end they make a line of Pico projectors barely larger than an iPod with 854×480 resolution and an LED light source. For gamers the Game Time…

Oracle Audio Technologies
Oracle makes some of the most visually stunning audiophile grade electronics known to man, including the Delphi MkV turntable, the SME series 345 tone arm and spaceship looking CD players and transports like the CD 2000. Truly striking products with…

Orb Audio
Orb Audio is a US-based manufacturer of small spherical speakers. Each Orb system is based around several Orb cabinets. Each sphere, roughly 4-inches in diameter. They house a single full range driver. The base system, the Mod 1, is a…

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Outlaw Audio
Outlaw Audio was spawned from the onset as an e-commerce manufacturer by a group of audio and home theater industry veterans in the late 1990s. Outlaw Audio delivers its affordable high performance audio and home theater electronics by building its…

Panamax
Panamax has been an international leader in award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 30 years. Their power management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while…

Panamorph
Panamorph makes anamorphic lens and automated lens systems for nearly every projector brand on the market today. Panamorph was one of the first companies to sell lenses to convert 4×3 native projectors to 16×9 aspect ratio. Today, they sell lenses…

Panasonic
Panasonic, a consumer electronics pillar, has survived and thrived in the volatile consumer electronics market since 1918. Founded by Konosuke Matsushita, the company was initially part of the behemoth corporation bearing the founder’s name. In 2008, due in part to…

Pandora
Pandora is an Internet radio service that uses the Music Genome Project to find similar music to what a listener desires. Once a song or band is selected in the Pandora interface, the site’s software selects other songs and artists…

Paradigm
Paradigm is one of a handful of other companies making affordable yet high-end loudspeakers. Founded in Canada in the early 1980s, Paradigm designs and manufactures all of its products from the ground up, with ultimate levels of quality and innovation,…

Parasound
Parasound, along with companies like Adcom and B&K, emerged from the 1980s as market leaders in affordable high-end audio and home theater products. Initially making its name in amplifiers and preamplifiers, Parasound has delved into other categories such as preamplifier…

pARTicular
pARTicular, in their own words, create “objects, functional art and environments for residential and commercial use.” In other words, shelving, equipment racks, speaker stands, chairs, bed frames, office furniture, and more. pARTicular is the brainchild of owner and chief designer…

Pass Labs
Pass Labs was founded by legendary audio designer Nelson Pass in 1991. Pass Labs produces ultra high-end, robust two-channel solid-state electronics and loudspeakers (many operating in pure Class A), based on the numerous designs and patents held by Mr. Pass….

Pathos Acoustics
Pathos Acoustics are holders of a patented amplifier circuit called INPOL. Founded in Italy, Pathos Acoustics designs and manufactures esoteric ultra high end tube electronics featuring unique cosmetic designs. Founded in 1994 by Gaetano Zanini, Gianni Borinato, and Paul Andriolo…

Perpetual Technologies
Perpetual Technologies was founded by Mark “Shifty” Shifter and Hi-fi Buys co-founder, Walter Liederman, Perpetual Technologies picked up where the legendary Audio Alchemy left off. Perpetual made audio components like digital to analog converters and other small format audio products….

Perreaux
Perreaux was founded in New Zealand in 1974 with the mission of “the perfect re-creation of a musical event.” Perreaux produces a variety of product lines featuring affordable audio and home theater electronics mainly comprised of amplifiers, preamplifiers, integrated amplifiers,…

Phase Linear
Before audio legend Bob Carver founded Carver Corporation, he founded Phase Linear, in 1970. Phase Linear debuted with two enormously powerful amplifiers, the 700 and 400, along with the Model 4000 preamplifier. Shortly thereafter, however, Carver left the company to…

Phase Tech
Phase Tech is a speaker manufacturer founded in Kansas in 1955 by Bill Hecht, inventor of the soft-dome tweeter. Phase Tech grew from the movie theater sound industry. An established engineer in that space, Mr. Hecht decided to use his…

Philips
Philips was founded in the Netherlands in 1891. Philips Corporation has not only produced an incredibly diverse assortment of products and solutions, it has produced a number of the consumer electronics industry’s most notable inventions. Before debuting in consumer electronics…

Picasa
Picasa is a free image viewer and organizer that has a built in photo-sharing service. It has been owned by Google since 2004. Picasa has organizational features such as tagging, geotagging, and facial recognition. Basic photo editing functions such as…

Pioneer
Pioneer is one of the most recognized brand names in consumer electronics. Pioneer was founded in 1938 and made its name and reputation mainly in the home and mobile audio world, but also branched out into video with its invention…

Plinius
Plinius was founded in 1980. Plinius is a New Zealand-based high-end audio electronics company specializing in amplifiers, preamplifiers, and integrated amplifiers. Throughout the 80′s Plinius became well known in New Zealand and the Pacific, and in 1987 merged with Craft…

Polk Audio
Polk Audio was founded in 1972 by Matthew Polk, George Klopfer, and Sandy Gross (of Definitive Audio and Golden Ear fame). Polk Audio holds numerous patents in the world of loudspeaker design. Polk’s design philosophy centers around the midrange, and…

PrimaLuna
PrimaLuna makes distinctive looking audiophile power amps and preamps. Founded in 2003 by Herman van den Dungen, PrimaLuna is Dutch based but has a US-based team as well. PrimaLuna’s mission was to create great-sounding, great-looking, but very reliable tube gear….

ProAc
ProAc is a UK-based loudspeaker company featuring an entire range of products from two-way bookshelf models to center channels and satellites to full-range floorstanding models. ProAc products are famous for their superb craftsmanship and variety of finishes, as well as…

Proceed
Proceed was originally a more affordable offshoot of Mark Levinson. Now defunct, Proceed designed and manufactured a range of digital separates like transports and D/A Converters, then moved into amplifiers and preamplifier/processors. The Harman Specialty Group still maintains a page…

projectiondesign
rojectiondesign is a Norwegian company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of high performance projectors for professional, business and consumer applications. Amongst its core markets are high resolution scientific visualization and simulation, medical imaging, e-cinema and public displays. Demonstrating…

Proton
Proton was founded in 1981 and initially produced a line of refined portable and tabletop radios. Proton then delved into the audio/video sector with an acclaimed line of consumer and professional televisions and monitors, complemented with mobile audio, surround decoder,…

PS Audio
PS Audio was founded by audio design legends Paul McGowan and Stan Warren in 1974. Until its demise in 1998 PS Audio produced some the industry’s finest affordable high performance audio products, including the world’s first Digital-to-Analog Converter (the Digital…

PSB Loudspeakers
PSB was founded by loudspeaker designer Paul Barton and his wife, Sue, in 1972. PSB Speakers has built a formidable reputation for affordable high-end loudspeakers for virtually any application. A loudspeaker designer since childhood, Mr. Barton combines a passion for…

Purist Audio Design
Purist Audio Design offers a complete line of ultra high-end audio, digital, and power cables designed with a focus on virtually every aspect of a cable’s construction. Purist Audio Design was founded in 1986 by Jim Aud who still designs…

Qsonix
Located in Westlake Village, California, Qsonix is a market innovator and leader in providing user-friendly digital media technologies to a diversified group of licensees and under its own Qsonix brand. With its highly reviewed, award-winning user interface, Qsonix offers the…

Quad USA
Founded in 1936 by audio design legend Peter Walker, Quality Unit Audio Domestic holds a status in the world of hi-fi that can only be described as ‘royalty’. Indeed, the company has received technological achievement awards from the Queen of…

Quicksilver
Founded in 1981, Quicksilver designs and handcrafts (100% in the USA) a select line of tube-based amplifiers and preamplifiers….

RBH Sound
Known as the other speaker company from Utah (they refer to Wilson Audio but there are actually a few strong speaker companies from Utah) RBH makes a full line of performance orientated speaker systems. They offer limited edition audiophile speakers…

RCA
Founded in 1919, the Radio Corporation of America originally was a venture between private investment and the US government for the development of wireless communications. The company made its name, obviously, in radio, then moved into “talking machines”, or phonographs. …

Red Rose Music
Founded by audio design legend Mark Levinson, Red Rose Music offers a system-oriented approach to high-end audio with its variety of loudspeakers, hybrid amplifiers, phono cartridges and preamplifiers, and even CDs.Popular Red Rose products include the Rosebud Two Loudspeaker, the…

Rega
Founded in 1973 by Tony Relph and Roy Gandy, Rega (named from the first two letters of each founder’s last name) introduced the Planar 3 turntable in 1977, one of the most popular budget turntables ever. Rega also produced a…

REL Acoustics
Founded by Richard Lord, REL Acoustics is a British designer and manufacturer of ultra high-end “sub-bass” subwoofer systems. The company’s products have acquired an almost cult-like status, and are widely acclaimed for their state-of-the-art performance. The company owns a cabinetmaking…

ReplayTV
ReplayTV was the first real DVR or digital video recorder. Many believe PR executive Kimberly Lancaster (Caster Communications – the PR firm for Runco, Paradigm, Microsoft and many others) named the company. They had a sexy interface that was quickly…

ReQuest
ReQuest Multimedia is one of the leaders in the world of PC convergence, and one of the first. ReQuest is known for making one of the first commercially successful music servers that can both play lossless music files as well…

Revel
Revel Loudspeakers was created in the 1990s to compliment the all-powerful Mark Levinson audio brand. With a parent company that also owns JBL and Infinity the design capabilies of Revel right out of the gate exceeded that of many of…

Revox
Founded by the legendary Swiss professional audio company Studer in the early 1950s, Revox produced some of the most acclaimed and respected open-reel tape recorders in history. Studer Revox then went on to produce a variety of professional audio products…

Richard Gray’s Power Company
One of the most interesting success stories in high-end audio and home theater, Richard Gray’s Power Company made a splash in 1998 with its first power conditioning product, the 400S, based on a US patent. Gaining a cult following throughout…

Rives Audio
Rives Audio, founded by Richard Rives Bird, has made room correction EQ devices but has become more famous for doing acoustical design including full CAD drawings for the audiophile and home theater market. Dealers and enthusiast end users use Rives…

Rockford Fosgate
Founded by Jim Fosgate in 1973, Rockford Fosgate patented the concept of Bass Boost for car audio, and has remained one of the biggest brands and producers of high performance car audio products and accessories. In the late 1980′s, the…

Rockport Technologies
Founded in 1984, Rockport Technologies offers a series ultra high-end, handcrafted loudspeakers known for their sonics, gloss black finish, and inert structure. Rockport also made what is considered by many to be the finest turntable ever made, the Sirius III.Popular…

Rockustics
Rockustics started the whole trend of outdoor speakers that actually look like rocks. Over the years, outdoor speakers have gotten better and better. They also look more and more like actual rocks. The company makes 32 different models, and boasts…

Rotel
In business for almost 50 years, Rotel quietly but effectively has risen to the top of the affordable audio and home theater electronics category. Initially making its name in the early 1990s in the world of CD players with its…

RPG Diffusor Systems
Founded in 1983, RPG Diffusor Systems offers a wide range of acoustical absorptive and diffusive systems for home and professional applications. RPG’s impressive client list includes Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Juilliard, Peter Gabriel, Whitney Houstin, Reba McIntyre, Sony Music, and…

RTI – Remote Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1992, RTI is a maker of very sexy home theater remote controls designed for use by the end user thus not needing a specialty programmer to make the remote work. RTI’s remotes have received many awards from AV…

Ruark Acoustics
UK-based provider of loudspeakers and subwoofers offering high-end performance oriented models as well as lifestyle sensitive offerings. Company website provides no data on current models, instead choosing to promote new company called Vita Audio.Popular Ruark products include the Solus, Equinox,…

Runco
Runco has stood at the forefront of the high-end television industry since 1968. Founded by Sam and Lori Runco, Runco debuted with its Cinemabeam front projection television in the mid 1970s, and produced a slew of follow-up models over the…

Russound
Founded in New England in 1967, Russound is an established leader in distributed audio products. They have a full line of multiroom audio systems, source equipment including media servers, amplifiers, loudspeakers and intercom systems.Popular Russound products include Collage, the E-Series…

SAE
SAE or Scientific Audio Electronics was a force in the audiophile world in the heyday of the late 1970′s and into the 1980s. Founded by Morris Kessler in 1968, they were based in Los Angeles. Notable SAE products included: SAE…

Salamander Designs
Salamander Designs, Ltd. is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of modern furniture, storage, seating and mounting systems for contemporary Home Theater and A/V entertainment systems. Its versatile, advanced products bridge the gap between home furnishings and home electronics with…

Samsung
Samsung is one of the biggest and most important electronics companies on the planet Earth. They currently sell more flat HDTVs than any other company (aprox. 20% of the total flat HDTVs sold are Samsungs). They were an early and…

Sansui
Sansui was founded in 1947. Japanese for “mountain” and “water,” Sansui originally produced transformers, then eventually an entire line of audio products sold throughout the world. On a slightly lesser scale, Sansui products enjoyed a strong reputation in the 1970s…

Sanus Systems
Sanus Systems produces a wide variety of audio and home theater furniture, wall mounts, and speaker stands in a tremendous variety of finishes, shapes, and sizes. Sanus distributes mostly through custom AV dealers. Founded in 1986, Sanus later merged with…

Sanyo
Sanyo WAS Founded in Japan in 1947. Initially making radios and washing machines, Sanyo evolved into television production in 1955. Sanyo then began innovating in what would become one of its biggest areas of focus: power generation and management. Sanyo…

SANYO Fisher Company
Sanyo Fisher is a division of Sanyo Electric, which itself is a division of Panasonic. Based in Chatsworth, California, Sanyo Fisher specializes in digital projectors, along with cameras, camcorders, and more. Sanyo Fisher projectors are usually based on LCD technology,…

SAS Audio Labs
SAS Audio Labs makes audiophile electronics, with the design philosophies of a minimum number of correctly designed stages, minimization of all forms of distortion, and the use of the best tubes. Notable SAS Audio Labs products include: SAS Audio 7a…

Savant
Savant is a leading manufacturer of home automation equipment and software. Savant uses Apple products extensively in their overall designs, including iPad, iPhone and touch apps. Founded in 2005, Savant’s goal was to offer a different experence with home automation…

Screen Research
Screen Research is a French projector screen company that is best known for its acoustically “transparent” screens. Founded in 2001, Screen Research’s screens have received THX and ISF Certifications, and are available in motorized, fixed, and curved forms. Notable Screen…

Sennheiser Electronics
Sennheiser Electronics was founded in Germany in 1945. Sennheiser has earned a stellar reputation in the microphone and headphone industries. Multitudes of recording facilities and artists throughout the world use Sennheiser microphones, and the company has dramatically increased its reach…

Shanling Audio
Shanling Audio was founded in 1988 in China. Shanling designs and manufactures an wide array of high-end audio products within a tremendous R&D and manufacturing infrastructure. Some of Shanling’s products incorporate tube-based designs, and robust cosmetics and metalwork. Notable Shanling…

Sharp Electronics
Sharp Electronics was founded in 1912 by child prodigy Tokuji Hayakawa. Sharp Corporation started as the maker of a unique snap belt buckle patented by Mr. Hayakawa at the age of 19. After patenting an adjustable flow faucet a year…

Sherbourn Audio
Sherbourn Audio is an audio and home theater company specializing in multi-channel amplification and value-added home theater receivers. Sherbourn is based outside of Boston, MA, and offers a 5-year warranty on all amplifiers and a 3-year warranty on everything else…

Sherwood
Sherwood has, for over a half a century, designed and manufacturing some of the best affordable audio and home theater electronics in the world. While best known for its own line of stereo and home theater receivers (especially its high-end…

Sherwood Newcastle
Sherwood Newcastle is a Korean company with long standing ties to the audiophile and home theater world. Run in the United States by Jeff Hipps, Sherwood makes one of the best 7.1 room correction AV receivers on the market but…

Shunyata Research
Shunyata Research makes one of the most respected audiophile AC power isolation products on the market today. Founded by Caelin Gabriel, who worked as a research scientist for the NSA, Shunyata Research has several US patents. The company proudly proclaims…

Shure
Shure was founded in 1925 in Chicago by Sidney Shure. Initially distributing parts for radios, Shure soon began its now-legendary journey into the world of microphones and professional audio gear. The company’s accomplishments include several patents, and a huge presence…

SI Screens
SI Screens, formally Screen Innovations, is a Texas based projection screen company. Boasting a lifetime replacement warranty, SI Screens claims to lead the market in US-Manufactured projection screens. Notable SI Screens products include the SI Screens Black Diamond Reference projection…

Signet
Signet made affordable audiophile and consumer accessible speakers in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s. The company is no longer in business. Similar companies to check out instead of Signet include MartinLogan, B&W, Klipsch, Orb, Acoustic Energy.Also, visit HomeTheaterReviw.com’s Floorstanding…

SIM2
SIM2 (formerly known as SIM2 Seleco or just plain Seleco) is a high-end video company. They are best known for their Italian industrial design and sexy cases, typically sporting a 3-chip DLP design. SIM2 also makes video processors and more…

Simaudio
Simaudio was founded in Canada in 1980, and design and manufacture a complete line of audio and home theater electronics, from entry-level to reference quality. Its “Celeste” line of products gained it critical acclaim during the 1990s, and the company…

Simon Yorke
Simon Yorke Designs is a Spanish ultra-performance analog turntable company. The company plainly and definitively states on their website “We make record players.” Simon Yorke Designs turntables have integral tonearms, as they believe their tonearms are “parts of a complete,…

Sirius-XM Satellite Radio
Sirius-XM is the conglomerate of XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Radio networks after a 2008 merger was approved by the FCC. Sirius-XM is the home of exclusive radio content from the likes of Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey and Howard Stern….

Skype
Skype is a video and voice-over-IP (VoIP) provider. After signing up for an account, users can call other Skype users and talk with them for free using their computers. If a webcam is available, video chat with up to 3…

Slim Devices
Slim Devices is a sub-brand of computer peripheral company Logitech. Best known as the maker of the Squeezebox line of electronics including wireless receivers, boom boxes and more. The Squeezebox is a wireless music streaming device. Users can stream their…

SME
SME is known as a premium maker of tone arms and analog accessories for turntables. Formed in 1946 as the Scale Model Equipment Company Limited, SME began as a manufacturer of scale models and parts. In the 50′s, the company…

Snell Acoustics
Snell Acoustics was founded in 1976 by Peter Snell. Snell designs and manufactures critically acclaimed loudspeakers for virtually every application. Indeed, Snell employs a unique method of design called “In Concept”, whereupon its acclaimed home loudspeakers are re-designed for applications…

Sonance
Sonance was founded in 1982, Sonance helped to pioneer the entire custom installation industry with its line of high performance yet architecturally friendly loudspeaker products. At that time, both could rarely be achieved together. Sonance has built on that by…

Sonic Frontiers
Sonic Frontiers was founded by Chris Jensen and Chris Johnson and ultimately sold to Paradigm as a matching electronics line to go with their well-respected speakers. Paradigm doesn’t make Sonic Frontiers tube electronics any longer, however they took Sonic Frontier’s…

Sonos
Sonos is a Santa Barbara-based company that was one of the first to make a wireless music server system that included iPod connectivity. Current models do this, plus Internet radio and more. Sonos now also sells speakers, wireless controllers, and…

Sonus faber
Sonus faber is one of the top names in audiophile loudspeakers worldwide. The Italian speaker company is known for its dark wood cabinets and dynamic sound. In the US, Sonus faber is distributed by Sumiko. Notable Sonus faber products include:…

Sony
Sony might very well be the most recognized brand name in the world, regardless of industry. Besides its renowned motion picture and recorded music concerns, Sony, from purely a consumer electronics standpoint, holds the rare distinction of achieving not only…

Sooloos LLC
Sooloos was established in New York City in 2001 and is the manufacturer of the world’s most innovative, functional, and easy-to-use networked home entertainment system. The company creates advanced but easy-to-use technologies to locate, store, distribute, and manage a wide…

SOTA
Sota played a huge role in the renaissance of turntables in the late 1980s, with its acclaimed Star Sapphire turntable. The Sota Star’s vacuum hold-down system and robust build quality impressed hordes of critics and customers throughout the world. Sota…

Sound Lab
Sound Lab was founded by legendary designer Roger West in 1978 and produces some of the best reviewed, most popular electrostatic loudspeakers in the world. Utilizing patented technology, Sound Lab products incorporate custom parts, unique geometric principles, and robust electronic…

Speakercraft
Speakercraft was founded in the mid-1970s and helped to establish the custom installation industry all over the world with its comprehensive line of in-wall loudspeaker products. Initially a product provider for other brands, Speakercraft began producing its own line of…

Spectral
Spectral was founded in 1977, and has produced a series of high-end, performance-oriented two-channel solid=state audio products that retain a devoted cult following. In addition to its acclaimed amplifier and preamplifier products, the company achieved worldwide recognition in the 1990s…

SRS Labs
SRS Labs is a leader in surround sound technology specifically used in headphone and for speaker systems in HDTV sets. SRS has won numerous CES Innovation and other awards. Formed in 1993, SRS is a publicly traded company. SRS Labs…

Stax
Stax headphones (or Earspeaker as they like to call it) are some of the most sought-after audiophile products in the world. They are electrostatic in design and can create one of the most wonderful audio experiences you can ever hear…

Stewart Filmscreen
Stewart Filmscreen has been in business for over 60 years and is one of the most respected and far-reaching screen manufacturers in the world. Family-owned, Stewart Filmscreen continues to set new standards for performance, aesthetics, and innovation. Stewart not only…

Straight Wire
Straight Wire was founded by Steven Hill and is one of the more well known audiophile and home theater speaker cable and interconnect cable companies in the marketplace today. The company’s motto is: “When System Performance Comes Down to the…

Sumiko
Sumiko is a US importer and distributor of high-end audio gear. Their brands include Sonus faber, REL, SME, Wolf Cinema, Pro-ject, and Okki Nokki. Sumiko was founded in the 1970s, and claims to be “an oasis of artistry in a…

Sunfire
Sunfire was founded by legendary audio designer Bob Carver, and took the high end audio and home theater industry by storm with its truly groundbreaking True Subwoofer. Featuring an enormous woofer driver with a rubber surround, driven by a 2700-watt…

Sutherland Engineering
Sutherland Engineering was founded by legendary audio engineer Ron Sutherland (co-founder of Martin Logan – “Logan” being his middle name). Sutherland products represent a cost-no-object, handcrafted approach to two-channel audio. Featuring minimalist cosmetics, painstaking engineering and execution, and very unique…

SVS
SVS is an Ohio, based maker of speakers – most specifically critically acclaimed subwoofers. SVS sells direct through their website (or through dealers outside of the US), and offer a 45 day money back guarantee. A 3-year warranty is also…

T+A Elektroakustik
T+A Elektroakustik are German-made, very high-end, electronics and speakers that are imported by Dynaudio North America in the United States. Since 1978, T+A Elektroakustik has been based in Herford, Germany, and are proud of their goal to “reproduce music from…

Tact Audio
Tact Audio pioneered the categories of high-end digital amplification and room correction. They are is based in New Mexico and were founded in 1998. Tact Audio produces a sophisticated, high tech line of digital amplifiers, preamplifiers, and surround processors featuring…

Tannoy
Tannoy, founded in 1926, pioneered the Dual Concentric loudspeaker design, or ‘coaxial’ as is more commonly known, where the tweeter unit operates within the woofer unit. According to some critics, the Dual Concentric system promotes a more harmonic presentation and…

Tara Labs
Tara Labs is an audiophile maker of speaker cables, interconnects and other performance oriented cables and audiophile accessories. First founded in Sydney, Austrailia in 1965, Tara Labs quickly became known in audiophile circles for their Phase II speaker cable, unique…

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Teac
Teac was founded in 1953 as the Tokyo Electro Acoustic Company, and began its long journey in consumer electronics by producing open-reel tape recorders. After discovering new ways to apply its recording technology to the professional audio world, TEAC founded…

Technics
Technics, a division of Matsushita, was introduced in 1965 as a high-end audio brand. Initially Technics was targeted at loudspeakers but eventually specializing in direct-drive turntables. These turntables gained some footing in the consumer market, but mainly carved out a…

Telarc
Telarc is an audiophile record label best known for pioneering 5.1 surround sound, classical audiophile recordings and beyond. Wunner of over 40 Grammy Awards, Telarc was founded in 1977 by Jack Renner and Robert Woods. A firm supporter of high-resolution…

Theta Digital
Theta Digital is one of the most acclaimed high end digital electronics brands of the 1980s and 1990s. Theta began as a quest to improve CD sound, modifying Philips CD players and eventually producing its own CD playback system comprised…

THIEL Audio
Thiel Audio is the brainchild of legendary speaker designer Jim Thiel, marketed by the savvy Kathy Gornik, Thiel Loudspeakers have remained a fixture of high-end audio and home theater since the late 1970s. Thiel pioneered the now widely-used concepts of…

Thorens
Thorens is quite possibly the world’s most storied and accomplished phonograph company. Hermann Thorens founded his company in Switzerland in 1883. Thorens originally produced Edison-type phonographs, then developed two of the most important inventions in the format’s history: the direct…

Threshold
Threshold was founded in 1974 by legendary audio designer Nelson Pass. Threshold products carved out a very unique and lucrative niche between affordable high-end electronics and the lunatic fringe. Threshold products owned a stellar reputation for their robust champagne and…

THX
THX is a company best known for setting audio and ultimately video standards for companies which made cinema sound match and be more uniformed. Founded by engineer Tom Holman, the THX name is reported to either be an abbreviation of…

TiVo
TiVo was the first DVR/PVR and by many reviewer’s statements today is still the best. TiVo’s Apple-like ease of use and graphical user interface made is a consumer favorite nearly overnight. Companies like Sony made TiVo DVRs for use with…

TK Theaters
The TK in TK Theater is for designer Theo Kalomirakis, one of the most published and respected home theater interior designers. Theo is best known for his art deco theater designs, but also has dozens of traditional, contemporary and theme…

Toshiba
Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. is owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology products with subsidiaries worldwide. Toshiba is a pioneer in DVD technology and a leading manufacturer of a…

Totem Acoustics
Totem Acoustics was founded in 1987 in Canada and started with one very successful model, the two-way Model 1, and produced only it for the next five years. The company has managed to not only build on that offering with…

Transparent Audio
Transparent Audio is known as one of if not the leader in high end audio and video cables. While their product line starts in more modest levels, Transparent is known for the Opus line of cables that cost tens upon…

Triad Speakers
Triad Speakers is one of the most successful and formidable custom loudspeaker companies in the world, Portland-based Triad Loudspeakers designs and manufactures virtually every product in its inventory in its own facility in Portland, utilizing custom designs mated with premium…

Tributaries
Tributaries was founded in 1991 by executives from McIntosh and has produced a comprehensive line of audio, video, digital, and power cables receiving consistent critical acclaim not only for performance but also value. Every cable Tributaries sells is tested before…

Ultralink
Ultralink is one of the biggest audio-video cable brands from Canada packing a full line of home theater oriented products. This is the sister brand of XLO Cables which is more of an audiophile brand of cables as compared with…

Universal Remote Control
Universal Remote is a premium maker of home theater and HDTV remote control systems. Universal Remotes can be one hand or two hand touch screen units….

Usher Audio
Designed and manufactured in Taiwan for over 30 years, Usher Audio offers a comprehensive line of affordable and reference grade in-room loudspeakers produced with incredible craftsmanship and a unique cosmetic combination of wood and metal, along with a complementary line…

Valve Amplification Company
Founded in 1990, Valve Amplification Company has consistently produced some of the world’s finest and most critically acclaimed tube-based amplifiers, preamplifiers, and even a D/A Converter. To re-issue some of its most classic products, Marantz enlisted the assistance of VAC….

Vampire Wire
Vampire Wire is an audiophile and home theater maker of speaker cables, interconnects and many other varieties of AV cables and parts….

van den Hul
van den Hul is a British maker of esoteric audiophile cables and high performance cartridges….

Vandersteen Audio
Vandersteen Audio is one of the most polarizing brands of speakers in the specialty audio-video space. Vandersteen’s form factor is anything but sexy however their smooth, warm sound has seduced more than one audiophile. When paired with tube electronics from…

Velodyne
Velodyne History 101 In 1983, David Hall, the founder and chief engineer of Velodyne Acoustics, Inc., introduced a technological breakthrough in subwoofer design that redefined low frequency reproduction. The ULD-18 incorporated a patented, accelerometer based High Gain Servo system to…

Vidikron
Originally an OEM for brands like Hitachi and Pioneer, Vidikron began producing its own line of video projectors in 1980, and instantly rose to the top of the industry, next to brands such as Runco (now its current owner). Featuring…

Vienna Acoustics
Based in Vienna Austria – Vienna Acoustics produces an ultra high-end line of audio and home theater loudspeakers, along with some custom installation friendly offerings. Featuring custom drivers and meticulous voicing, testing and quality control methods partnered with superb cosmetics…

ViewSonic
ViewSonic is best known for computer monitors but have branched out into the world of video projectors, HDTV sets and other more home theater oriented products. They have very wide distribution including computer retailers, warehouse stores like Costco and beyond….

Visual Reality (Goo Systems)
Goo Systems makes a full range of paint-on screens. They sell their paint, the brushes and all of the tools needed to paint a wall in a way to make it a respectable video screen surface for the enthusiast looking…

VIZIO
VIZIO is one of the leading companies selling HDTVs. Formed in 2002 as V. Inc, VIZIO is headquartered in Irvine, California, though sources the panels for their televisions from a variety of overseas manufacturers. Known best for their aggressive pricing…

Von Schweikert Audio
Created by Albert Von Schweikert, Von Schweikert Audio is one the many players in the world of high end audiophile loudspeakers. The brand has been around for years and competes with the likes of THIEL, MartinLogan, Wilson Audio, Magico, RBH…

VTL
A high end tube electronics staple since 1989, Luke Manley founded Vacuum Tube Logic as an extension of his family’s prolific production of legendary tube products. VTL produces a select line of high-end tube amplifiers, preamplifiers, and integrated amplifiers,…

VUDU
VUDU is a media server and download service that allows consumers to download their movies, television and other content directly into their home theater without the need for discs. VUDU carved out its early niche in the streaming download business…

Vutec
Vutec screens are a line of home theater and commercially oriented video screens that are sold mainly through traditional distribution via AV and home theater dealers. Notable lines of Vutec screens include: • Vutec Vision X • Elegante by Vutec…

Wadia
Named after Don Wadia Moses, Wadia is one of the most important companies in the advancement of audiophile digital playback. Today, despite Don’s recent passing – the company makes a very cool and extremely relevant Apple iPod dock as well…

Walmart
Walmart (historically Wal-mart) is a discount American department store. They are best known for their exceedingly low prices and dubious business practices. Founded in 1962 in Arkansas, Walmart is now an enormous multinational corporation, with over 8,500 stores in 15…

Wattgate
Wattgate is an Ogden, Utah based AC power cable company for audiophile systems. Many of Wattgate’s products use silver as their cable material.Wattgate makes various audiophile grade AC power plugs, cables, connectors including: Wattgate 330i Silver plug Wattgate 330i Gold…

WAVAC Audio Lab
WAVAC Audio is a Japanese audiophile electronics company that also makes an AC power conditioner. WAVAC makes sexy tube amps for the hardcore audiophile market especially in the SET – single ended tube market. Some notable WAVAC Audio products include:…

Wavelength Audio
Wavelenght Audio is an audiophile producer of handmade, ultra high-end tube based amplifiers and USB DACs. They dabble in the world of SET (single ended tubes) while also dealing in computer audio via USB. Wavelenght Audio has a custom shop…

WBT
WBT is the manufacturer of audiophile connectors of various types including binding posts, bannana connectors, spade connectors, RCA plugs, RCA sockets and tools. WBT’s latest high end line of products are what’s called “Nextgen” which they are seemingly trying to…

Well Tempered Labs
In the mid-1980s, William Firebaugh invented what many still believe to be the finest tonearm every designed: the Well Tempered Arm. From there came a line of equally well-regarded turntables and phono accessories that still attract fans to this day….

Westinghouse Digital
Westinghouse Digital is a notable manufacturer of LED, LCD and other flat HDTV products based in Orange, California. Westinghouse has set out to be a low-cost leader with a wide distribution channel ranging from Amazon.com to Best Buy to BJ’s…

Wharfedale
Wharfedale is one of the best known British makers of audiophile speakers and mini-monitors in the world. The Wharfedale Diamond series including the Diamond 8 speakers are specifically of note. Wharfedale has both powered and passive speaker systems for consumer…

Wilson Audio
After years of intensive work on perfecting the time domain quandary in loudspeakers, engineer David Wilson received a patent for his efforts, and put all of his knowledge into his first production loudspeaker: the $30,000 Wilson WAMM. Wilson Audio was…

Wireworld
Wirewold by designer David Salz is one the best high end audio and video cable companies in the business today. They make everything from analog audiophile cables such as interconnects and speaker cables up to $1000 high performance HDMI cables…

Wisdom Audio
Founded in 1996, Wisdom Audio initially designed and manufactured high-end hybrid loudspeakers incorporating both planar and dynamic driver elements. Wisdom has since focused solely on its formidable architectural loudspeaker products that also utilize hybrid designs, along with a full line…

Xhifi
Founded in 2002 by high-end audio legend Mel Schilling and his son, Howard, Xhifi helped pioneer the concept of bringing high-end audio performance to everyday sources like the computer, mp3 player, mobile phone, and gaming console. Xhifi’s debut product, the…

XLO Electric
Founded in 1990 by noted cable designer Roger Skoff, XLO Electric gained notoriety within the high end audio underground for its unusual looking, high performance analog interconnects. The company eventually successfully broadened its product offerings with additional audio, video, digital,…

XM Satellite Radio
XM Satellite Radio was the first satellite radio company to come to market. XM was merged with Sirius in 2008 and the consolidated company is struggling to pay its debt and stay in business. XM tried to woo shock jock,…

Yahoo Widgets
Yahoo Widgets is an application platform by Yahoo for the OSX and Windows platforms. The app is free, and uses Java and XML to run other small applications. Default widgets include weather, a clock, a calender and so on. More…

Yamaha
Founded in 1887 as a piano and reed organ manufacturer, today Yamaha holds the distinction as the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer, producing virtually every kind of musical solution across almost every musical category, at state-of-the-art quality and reliability levels….

YBA
YBA is a French manufacturer of audiophile grade components with that audiophile jewelry appearance and sound. The company produces everything you could need from CD players, preamps and amps as well as having their own line of audiophile cables. In…

YG Acoustics
YG acoustics is a Denver based US audiophile speaker manufacturer who is bold enough to claim their speakers as the best in the world. Made to exacting standard and with robotic appearances and aerospace prices they have set a high…

YouTube
YouTube is the preeminent video sharing website. Users create and upload their videos to be seen by a worldwide audience. According to the Internet tracking service Alexa, YouTube is the #3 most visited website in the world (after Google and…

YS Audio
YS Audio is a Chinese manufacturer of audiophile level tube amps and preamps as well as phono preamps and step up transformers from Hong Kong. YS Audio’s website can be found here: www.ys-audio.com…

Yter Cables
Yter is an Italian audiophile cable manufacturer. The designer of Yter cables is metallurgist Massimiliano Favella which is the son-in-law of Sonus Faber founder Franco Serblin. Their website is both in English and Italian. The industrial design of the cables…

Z-Systems
Z-systems makes professional audio signal processing and equalization products sometimes used by audiophiles but more often used in studio or professional applications. Z-system is going more by the brand Z-sys now. The company is a very strong engineering company that…

Zanden Audio
Zanden Audio is a Japanese manufacturer of absolute state of the art high end audio products including phono stages, transports, DACs, preamps and amplifiers. Zanden is famous for their rich gold finishes that truly elevate their product to the audio…

Zebra Cables
Zebra Cables is a US manufacturer of custom AV cables providing everything from power cords to speaker wire and parts supply as well for the do it yourselfer. The DIY market is especially popular in the enthusiast AV forums like…

Zenith
One of the pioneers of television, Zenith started as a radio producer in 1918, and went on to develop some of the television industry’s most notable inventions, including the wireless remote control and flat screen CRT picture tubes, and helped…

Zeta
Zeta is a UK-made tone arm from the 1980s. Zeta is best known for their straight arm-tube, gloss-black finish. Zeta were highly regarded tone arms in the 1980′s and are even more sought-after by high-end audio collectors today. The company…

Zingali
Zingali is an Italian maker of loudspeakers made of gorgeous woods and unique designs. They make complete lines for multi-channel systems including center channel speakers and subwoofers in several lines. Some of Zingali’s audiophile speaker lines include the: • Zingali…

Zu Audio
Zu Audio is a Utah based audiophile company that specializes in limited driver loudspeakers but also produces high end wire and phono cartridges. This is a youthful. grassroots audiophile company with a small but loyal following in the audiophile market….

Zvox
Founded by the marketing guru behind Cambridge Soundworks Tom Hanniher, Zvox Audio sells audiophile grade speakers designed specifically for the flat HDTV market. One-speaker solutions, slightly higher end but not-too-expensive sound bars and other reasonable speakers make up the Zvox…

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