Do you know of 5 HiFi manufactures that have been in operation for over 40 years ?
I hope the title is self explanatory,
From your own knowledge going back to the 1970’s who is still around manufacturing HiFi today ?
Please only companies with the same family in charge or designer ?
Should we all be spending our hard earned cash supporting these companies ?
Of course we have new Audiophiles/music lovers enjoying tremendous new equipment from new companies but i would love to give a BIG shout out to the companies that go back to the 1970’s and still going strong today with the same designers.
In no particular order of preference,
1) Sound Lab
3) Townshend Audio
4) B&W Loudspeakers
5) Wilson Audio
We of course have Tannoy Harbeth Spendor KEF QUAD Audio Research etc But sadly i am not sure who pulls the strings now.
I remember heading to Kenwood's repair facility in Gardena CA with my dad to get my Kenwood receiver fixed. It was the 1960's. No front counter. Just a few Japanese guys working at benches. Nobody spoke English. They took one look at my KW-40 and gave me another one.
Here's a few under the original -- or same family -- ownership. I think... ATC loudspeakers, SME Audio, Thorens, Linn, Accuphase Laboratory, Atma-Sphere, Tannoy, FM Acoustics, Ortofon, Nagra Audio, Wilson Audio, Focal (JM Lab), Burmester Audiosystems, Clearaudio, Jadis Electronics, Audio Research Corp
Tannoy is the same company, only an owner change and a location change in I believe 1972, but still in scotland uk and still making a quality handmade product, except the models that are constructed in china...
By 1978, Burmester Audiosysteme GmbH was fully established. Already in 1978, the company introduced the characteristic chrome design, which has even found its way into the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Burmester 877 preamplifier and 878 power amplifier, incorporating the characteristic chrome design. Michelle