AUDIO 'TWINS'


IN THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY THERE ARE 'TWINS' SUCH AS FORD / MERCURY AND CHEVY / GMC DOES THIS SITUATION EXIST IN HIGH END AUDIO? PLEASE TALK ABOUT THIS. I FOR ONE CANNOT BELIEVE THERE ARE AS MANY CD PLAYER MANUFACTORS IN THE WORLD AS THERE ARE BRANDS. THANK YOU.
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Philips / Marantz

Proceed / Mark Levinson

AIWA (RIP) / Sony
D&M Holdings own the following audio brands: McIntosh, Denon, Marantz, Snell Acoustics, Boston Acoustics, Escient, Denon DJ, Calrec, Allen & Heath, D&M Professional, D&M PSS.

Equity International owns B&W loudspeakers, Classe Audio, Rotel Electronics, and I-Command.

Quadrivio SGR owns Sonus Faber and Audio Research.

These are just a few that come to mind. Clearly there would be a lot of shared audio technology, if not shared parts and/or similar products under different brand names. Also, many companies probably do private label contract work to fill their excess capacity, by churning out many audio products under someone else's brand name. Not to mention, many products these days are probably all sourced from China. The source company in China may even make CD players, for example, for many different U.S. audio companies under their brand names.
Also, Harmon International Industries (a publicly listed company on the NYSE) owns Harmon Kardon, AKG, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Revel, Crown, Soundcraft, DigiTech, dbx, BSS, Studer, and Proceed (defunct).
I would add Oppo/Lexicon and Goldmund/Pioneer to that list.
Esoteric/Teac no?
Klipsch bought API in '06 - Energy, Mirage and Athena
Klipsch sold Aragon/Acurus to Indy Audio in '09 after less than a decade since aquiring Mondial.

Lenbrook owns PSB and NAD

Paradigm (which I thought was part of API)/Anthem

Luxman regained it's freedom from Alpine.

VTL is run by Luke Manley (son) and Bea. Manley Labs went to EveAnna after David's retirement.

Computer brands are intertwined too.
thank you all for your comments
09-10-10: Chadnliz
Esoteric/Teac no?

Actually it's Teac/Esoteric. Teac being the parent company.
You get the point
Sure do!!
Say what dude??
A while back, Bryston made amps and processors for Lexicon. They were identical, just rebadged. The Lexicon stuff wasn't/isn't coveted under the Bryston 20 year transferrable warranty though.

Nelson Pass designed stuff for Adcom (and I think a few more that he wasn't a full time employee of). Most notably the Adcom GFA 5802 amp and GFP 750 preamp.