GRANT AMPLIFIERS Ltd: What happened?

We are told … Founded in 1983, in Hampshire, UK by Roy N. Grant following the acrimonious breakup of Grant Lumley. The company made updated versions of the amplifiers Grant had designed for Grant Lumley but unlike the earlier Grant Lumley designs that were usually point to point wired they partly utilised PCB’s and were […]

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YAMAMURA CHURCHILL: What happened?

Neil – what’s the story re Yamamura Churchill Limited please? First things first – the following is not to be confused with (a) Yamamura Systems S.R.L. nor (b) Yamamura Systems (US) Inc. So, this is what I have discovered online: British company founded in 1994 by Robert William Charles Spencer Churchill and was based in […]

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GOODMANS LOUDSPEAKERS LIMITED: What happened?

We are told … Founded in 1991 when the Tannoy Goodmans Industries Plc. group decided to make the OEM part of their business a separate entity and to withdraw the use of the Goodmans trademark from the consumer sector (which also resulted in the consumer trademark rights being sold or licensed to Alba). The GLL […]

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GATES TURNTABLES: What happened?

We are told … Founded in 1922 in Illinois, USA, to manufacture radio receivers for consumer use, but within a few years started to supply the broadcast and professional entertainment markets and exited the consumer market altogether before the end of the decade. While best known for their transcription turntables a concept that the company […]

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FANE ACOUSTICS: What happened?

We are told … Company founded on the 11th of February 1993 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK as Raftmill Ltd. but changed its name to Fane Acoustics after buying the trademarks and other assets of the bankrupt Fane Loudspeakers company. Restarted production of loudspeaker drivers in the Leeds, Yorkshire factory that Fane Loudspeakers had been using […]

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ELITE GRAMOPHONES: What happened?

We are told … Tiny manufacturer of turntables based in Hersham, Walton-On-Thames, in Surrey, Britain. Founded in the late 70’s to commercialise an unusual high end turntable/tonearm combination that was developed at the Cranfield Institute of Technology, but it appears that the company in the end only shipped the turntable in the form of the […]

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DIATONE: What happened?

We are told … A subdivision of Mitshubishi that manufactured loudspeaker drivers in addition to home and studio loudspeaker systems, started in 1941 to manufacture monitors for N.H.K. (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation) but closed down in 1999 and apparently stopped making drivers even earlier than that, the full range drivers derived from the original NHK designs […]

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CALIFORNIA AUDIO LABS / CAL Audio: What happened?

We are told … Digital specialist based in Blue Lake in Claifornia, USA and founded in the mid 80’s. Initially best known for their high end CD players but later diversified into high end DVD players and DAC’s etc. and in the last few years of the company’s life actually branched into the world of […]

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BACKES and MULLER: What happened?

We are told … A loudspeaker manufacturing company initially founded by and named after Friedrich Müller and Wolfgang Backes and was based in Saarbrücken, in Saarland, Germany. Early history is not completely clear to us, the two gentlemen are certainly offering products in the latter half of 1971, trading as a partnership under the name […]

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Aavik Furniture ApS: What happened?

We are told …. Danish manufacturer of hi-fi and AV furniture, stands and isolation platforms etc. under its own name and high end loudspeakers under the Eben Acoustics brand. Founded in Aalborg (Ålborg) in Nordjylland in April 1998 with the main person behind the company appearing to have been Lars Christensen (Nordost) although we are […]

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KRELL: What happened at Krell and why the D’agostino family is out

Sometimes there is as much intrigue in the world of high-end audio as there is in the realms of politics, entertainment and narcotics. Such seems to be the case with the saga of the high-respected audio firm Krell and its founders, the D’Agostino family. Continues HERE

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LINN: Exactly the way it happened folks: LP12 and a/b demonstrations

From and including the 1970s, Linn popularised the concept of the A-B demonstration. It was, on the face of it, a faultlessly logical ethos. It was adopted by reviewers and dealers alike, myself included. It was rumoured they had mystery shoppers in circulation, prepared to report back any deviation from the dogma. For a while […]

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ZONAL LIMITED: What happened?

V J Singh writes … A long running British manufacturer of blank tape, it’s usually classified as a Scottish concern but the only address found was actually in Redhill in the south of England. Produced tape from the 50’s into 1999 when they announced their intention to leave the media business. It is unclear if […]

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ALPHASON: What happened?

“Made the HR100S and HR100s MCS arms in the late 80’s early 90’s, it’s a medium compliance unit featuring a ultra rigid design machined from titanium right from the bearing to headshell as a one piece, features a ceramic gimbal bearings and was designed by Mike Knowles, the Xenon was a slightly cheaper version of […]

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AGFA: What happened?

Leon Spinks says … Founded in 1867 as the Berlin branch of the Friedr. Bayer et comp. company which was a pioneering manufacturer of synthetic dyes better know today as just Bayer. The branch started to use the Agfa brand name for their photographic products in 1897 and was merged into I. G. Farben in […]

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MADRIGAL AUDIO LABORATORIES: What happened?

ROBERT CRANE: Founded in the early 80’s by Sanford Berlin as an distributor of audio products some of which were sold under the Mardigal name. Entered the audio manufacturing business in 1985 when it purchased the assets and IP of Mark Levinson Audio Systems and restarted the manufacture of some of their best known products […]

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AIR AUDIO DESIGNS LIMITED: What happened?

Cyril Thornton writes … UK based business originally founded in 2008 by Alex Fletcher (ex-Dixons buyer) and was based in the London Docklands. The company started selling iPod docking systems in late 2009 that were specified by Mr Fletcher and reflected his experience in the CE retail industry since the company only sold their products […]

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ACOUSTIC REALITY APS: What happened?

FRED DEIGHTON: Company based in the town of Holstebro in the Midtjylland region of Denmark. Originally founded in 1996 when Peter Thomsen started to make tetrahedron shaped loudspeakers under the AV-Reality brand as a side business while he ran an electronics design business called MultiTec, but the AV-Reality name is simply taken from the driver […]

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AIR AUDIO DESIGNS: What happened?

Bryan Gourlay writes … UK based business originally founded in 2008 by Alex Fletcher (ex-Dixons buyer) and was based in the London Docklands. The company started selling iPod docking systems in late 2009 that were specified by Mr Fletcher and reflected his experience in the CE retail industry since the company only sold their products […]

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FIDELITY RESEARCH: What happened?

Apparently … Made a well regarded line of arms to along with the cartridges that were their main line of business. The FR-64 series is probably the most common on the second hand market, the FR-64fx with a black anodised aluminium armtube and the FR-64s wich featured a Steel alloy tube are usually considered better […]

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EXHIBITIONS: Whatever happened to Hi-Fi Shows and the importance of both Patricia Barber and Radka Toneff?

Tony Andrews (contributing editor – jazz) writes: Back in the 1980 and 90s if you were in to Hi-Fi there were some great shows around in the London area. I can remember many happy hours spent at various locations near Heathrow and also at The Novotel in Hammersmith. As venue costs soared and demand dropped […]

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OATH; WHAT OATH?

Using a file based system the oath goes like this. (For other media insert as appropriate.) “I swear to reproduce the file, the whole file and nothing but the file so help me listener.” Some recent comments regarding full range drivers and many of the posts I’ve read over the time I’ve been at AoS […]

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