Top Audiophile companies over the last 60, or so, years..your choices?


There are, thankfully, several great ones.  My first thoughts include:

Audio Research
Magnepan
Conrad Johnson
Vandersteen

And you can add others.  Some more "mainstream" companies that have added much:

Sony
Pioneer 

I am sure others will have much to add.  And these are a person's opinion, 
no wrong answers or posts to put down please. 


whatjd
Sadly most of mine are not around.

  • Snell
  • Conrad Johnson - Including Motif.
  • Sumo
  • Tandberg
  • Ayre
  • Luxman
  • Martin Logan
  • D’Agostino
  • Arcam
  • Anthem
  • Sonic Frontiers

Thanks Erik, all good additions.  I have been lucky enough to own 7 of the brands you mention.

One that I and two friends dearly loved was Dahlquist. 

J
Some others that have had a huge impact on audio.

Acoustic Research
Advent
Bose (for better or worse)
Dynaco
Shure
Quad
Mcintosh
Todays thread.I love ARC D'Agostino,DARTZELL,CH and AUDIAFLIGHT.
Yes, Advent and the remarkable Mr. Kloss.  I watched an old video tape format of Blazing Saddles on the first prototype of the VideoBeam in the Drake Hotel an evening of CES. 
The early days of "hi-fi" had some......ahh, unusual personalities at the helm. 


On my books, "top" means that there is no sour taste in my mouth from the time I made the purchase to the time I sold it, and I’d consider buying the same brand again solely based on how much I enjoy the ownership.

A few that I could quote (in any order):

Viva
Ayon
Burmester
Kharma
Sonic Frontiers
Lamm
MBL


While I am at this, excerpt from my curse list:

VAC
Antique SoundLab
Jeff Rowland
NBS
Kora
Ming Da
Krell