VSP Labs-Relatively affordable amps that were a big improvement over Adcom and most other entry level amps. Was planning to replace my Amber Series 70 with a Trans Mos 150. Has it been 25 years? Yikes!
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Worked at a TV & Stereo store in the late 70s and have some fond memories of these brands. They were kind of mainstream vs. audiophile brands but sure were fun to play with after the boss went home in the evenings:
Sansui (old guys will remember the 9090DB)
Technics (by Panasonic)
Mitsubishi (anyone remember that cool looking vertical turntable with linear tracking arm?)
GSM beat me to it! I was about to post the following:
To the many good inputs that have been provided I would add the better makers of high quality tube electronics in the 1950's and 1960's, including among others:
Marantz (the present company is the same in name only)
H. H. Scott
Acrosound and Dynaco (David Hafler's first two companies)
REL (Radio Engineering Laboratories, no relation to the British subwoofer manufacturer).
And the 1930's forebears of quality hifi as we know it:
E. H. Scott
Western Electric (many of whose products from the 1930's are still revered for their sonics, and are worth small or not so small fortunes)
That's the one I'm likely to have a need for at some point soon and I have not found a clear replacement for to-date, though there are candidates in the running.
Tandberg I suppose though I have moved on from there as well.
No others I can think of that have no modern replacements/alternatives.
I miss the old prices a lot though!!!
Maybe, that is a tougher call as they seemed to have a lot of their 'success' after the man left the company. I quote success, because I never was a fan, either before or after. However, I believe the company was a lot more prosperous after the man left the company. I don't think the same can be said in the case of Threshold, Krell, Thiel or Cary.
However, if you are referring to when Madrigal left the company Mark Levinson to Harmon International, then you probably have a valid point.
Thanks, Zavato. As you realize, Lincoln Walsh is better known these days for having developed the Walsh driver, used in Ohm speakers, than for his earlier Brook Electronics Company. Even though Brook manufactured what were as far as I am aware the only DHT (directly heated triode) amplifiers (2A3's and 300B's in this case) that were produced for use in the home prior to the resurgence of interest in DHTs during the past few decades. Aside, that is, from some elaborate multi-chassis "radios" produced by E. H. Scott and McMurdo Silver ca. 1935, which used 2A3-based amplification in some models.
I see that there is a pair of the top of the line Brook monoblocks, the model 10C, being offered at the well known auction site right now for only $24K, for those who may be interested :-)
Brett (Isochronism), your speculation is logical, but Mark Levinson lost his original company and the rights to his own name around 1983, and he didn't marry Kim Cattrall until 1998.
Anyone remember Audire? Really good SS electronics from IIRC a former NASA guy called Julius Siksnius. Audire made my first separates which were purchased at a steep discount from Crazy Eddie (?!) in NYC many, many moons ago.
Lots of turntable names also come to mind like;
Coinesseur, Dual, Garrard, AR, Transcriptor and a bunch of Linn knock offs like Ariston.
"a bunch of Linn knock offs like Ariston"
Well, the Ariston was no Linn knockoff- 1- it predates the LP 12, and 2- infact, the actual manufacturing of the Ariston was at Castle engineering which was owned by a certain Mr. Tiefebrun whose son latter founded Linn.
At one point there was a press release indicating that the turntable previously known as the ariston rd-11 will now be known as the Linn LP12.
I remember owning a Systemdek IIX with a Grace G-707 Mk II arm and F9E cartridge, recall that sounding extremely good. I really enjoyed my Allison Model Nine loudspeakers... I used them with a Nikko Alpha 440 at one point. Loved my Ohm Walsh 3, and Spicas TC-50 too. I've hung onto a sweet looking pair of Hales Revelation Three, my favorite.
Denon - in car audio land... Their stuff was awesome!
Eclipse - again in car audio
Adcom - yea broken record..... Car audio amps were awesome
Infinity - bring back their 90's vintage quality and speakers.... The name is still around but their quality sure isn't :(
Saab - oooo yea.... We are talking audio stuff not cars :)