LUMLEY LOUDSPEAKERS: What happened?

Christian Diestl writes … A company based in Bexhill on Sea, in Sussex, England that took over the manufacture of Lumley branded loudspeakers after the demise of Reference International. LL was formed in 1998 by John Jeffries but sales were slow so he decided to concentrate on his other 2 businesses, namely a high end […]

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LUXOR RADIO : What happened?

Valentine Xavier writes … Founded in 1923 in Motala, Sweden by Axel Holstensson as Luxor Radio to manufacture crystal radio sets but quickly grew in to one of the larger Swedish radio manufacturers. Expanded into other areas of brown goods manufacture in the 1950’s and became one of the first European mass manufacturers of television […]

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ACOUSTAT: What happened?

Dr. JM Willsden-Green writes … A manufacturer of electrostatic loudspeakers formed by designer James C. Strickland in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA in 1973. First product was shipped in 1976 in the form of the Model X, a hybrid electrostatic/dynamic loudspeaker that featured a built in valve based servo amplifier and a year later the company […]

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AUDIO INSIDER

AUDIO MAGAZINE: What happened?

Audio began life in Mineola, New York in 1947 as Audio Engineering for the purpose of publishing new developments in audio engineering. In 1948, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was established and in 1953 they began publishing their definitive, scholarly periodical, the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society.[3] Audio Engineering magazine dropped the word “engineering” […]

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ALPHASON: What happened?

Apparently … 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 […]

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GRACE: Their tone arms – what happened?

Gentlemen, What happened to the makers of the Grace tonearms. I recall the made more than the G-707 inc one with a bamboo arm-stem. Help. Well, this is what we found so far: “Small Japanese company made a big splash when it came out with the first oil damped tonearms in the 50’s, this page […]

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LINAEUM CORP: What happened?

Lloyd ‘Ace’ Grover writes … Company based in Portland, Oregon, USA that manufactured mid end loudspeaker systems that featured a unique patented line source/wave bending tweeter that is also referred to by the Linaeum name, note that their trademark used a ligature, i.e. it was written Linæum rather than Linaeum like the company name. Run […]

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INFINITY TONEARMS: What happened?

Good afternoon. I am curious about Infinity tone arms. Is there any info you can offer please? Certainly. The first arms that the company sold were actually Infinity branded versions of the Forrmula 4 Tonearms but in the late 70’s it introduced a pivoted arm of it’s own manufacture that featured a carbon fibre arm […]

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ACOUSTIC RESEARCH: AR-11 turntable – so … what happened?

Audio Tools write: Although this company is mostly famous for their loudspeakers they did indeed make a line of hi-fi from the early 60’s into the late 80’s. Their turntables were almost legendary in the US but are seldom seen in Europe with their 80’s models being an exception, but those were actually manufactured at […]

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DYNAVECTOR: The DV series of tone arms. What happened?

“All the arms from this company are high mass arms (at or over 1kg) that can be tricky to set up on a suspended turntable or a very light one, but very nice once you get it right. The earliest model was the DV-505 introduced in 1976 to much acclaim at the time, and discontinued […]

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ACOUSTIC RESEARCH (AR) – What happened?

Michael Vronsky …. From time to time we wondered this too. This time though, we did a bit of searching and this is what we found: USA based producer of loudspeakers, founded in 1954 by Edgar Villchur, Henry Kloss, Malcolm Lowe and J. Anton Hoffman, and started out by producing acoustically suspended loudspeaker called the […]

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COUNTERPOINT: Whatever happened to them?

First published in Stereophile in 1998 For the last few months, random postings kept appearing on internet newsgroups and in my e-mail box: “Anybody know what happened to Counterpoint?” At last count there were 10,000 Counterpoint preamps, power amps, and loudspeakers fanned out across the planet, some dating back to 1977, when the company launched […]

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LAKE TECHNOLOGY: What happened?

John Strabler writes … Australian R&D company based in Sidney, New South Wales and originally founded in 1991 by Brian Conolly and David McGrathas as Lake DSP but changed its name to Lake Technology in 1999. The company originally supplied research and experimental tools based on technology from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization […]

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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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ACOUSTAT: What happened to them?

This is all I’ve been able to find: A manufacturer of electrostatic loudspeakers formed by designer James C. Strickland in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA in 1973. First product was shipped in 1976 in the form of the Model X, a hybrid electrostatic/dynamic loudspeaker that featured a built in valve based servo amplifier and a year […]

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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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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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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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