ATC, Acoustic Transducer Company, is a specialist British manufacturer of loudspeaker drive units and complete sound reproduction systems, including the relevant electronic equipment. ATC designs and manufactures loudspeaker drive units and systems to achieve levels of performance far in excess of the industry norm. This is achieved by adopting a thoroughly professional engineering approach to the issue of basic design, materials science, and production technology.
The history of Quad is one of technical achievement in the field of sound reproduction. It's a story which began with the Quad 1 amplifier, which brought the benefits of 15 years knowledge and experience in professional audio and industrial products to the task of making the most accurate domestic audio amplifier of its age.
In 1953 the product which set the standard for amplifiers was the Quad II Power Amplifier; also the time of HRH Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, and the year in which Mount Everest was finally conquered. The Quad II amplifier pioneered the principle of cathode coupling through the output transformer to reduce harmonic distortion to almost negligible levels. Such was its clear superiority this model remained in production for 18 years.
Three years later, in 1956, Quad demonstrated the first true full-range electrostatic loudspeaker. This remarkable product, known later as the ESL 57, used a virtually massless plastic film as a moving diaphragm between two charged plates. Compared to moving coil loudspeakers, the ESL 57 was free of unwanted colourations and distortions. This landmark product remained in production, virtually unchanged, for 28 years.
In 1967 Quad introduced their first transistorised amplifiers, the 33 Control Unit and the 303 power amplifier. These amplifiers introduced a new triples output stage which solved all the thermal instability problems which plagued early transistor designs. Radical in both circuit design and appearance, this pre/power amplifier combination went on to win a Design Council Award in 1969.
Amplifier performance took a further step forward in 1975 with the arrival of the Quad 405 current-dumping amplifier. This remarkable new circuit topology remains one of the few truly original amplifier designs and has featured in Quad products ever since. For this technology Quad was awarded the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement in 1978. Numerous other prestigious awards were presented to Quad from all over the world.
In 1981 Quad announced the ESL 63, a full-range electrostatic loudspeaker based upon two sets of concentric annular electrodes fed through sequential delay lines. This patented system produces a sound pressure pattern identical to the theoretical ideal of a point source origin. Once again, a Quad electrostatic loudspeaker became the reference standard around the world.
The arrival of the radical 77 Series in 1994 introduced the concept of a fully integrated sound system operated with a two-way remote control system. The system boasted numerous new types of circuit technology, as well as some of the most advanced control software seen in a consumer product. Two years after its launch, Quad was presented with the European Amplifier of the Year award for the 77 Series Integrated Amplifier.
In 1999 Quad launched the successor to the 77 series, the 99 series, and supplemented this with a range of moving-coil loudspeakers, the L series, and two new models of electrostatic, the ESL 988 and ESL 989. Quad's latest version of the highly acclaimed ESL series, the ESL 2812 and ESL 2912 are a celebration of a classic. Using the signature mylar diaphragm, while re-evaluating all circuitry and components, the result is an authentic ESL experience, incredible full-range accuracy, and startling realism.
Arcam is based near the famous university city of Cambridge, England. The company began in a classical manner with two friends, both with a passion for music and electronics, meeting while engineering students at Cambridge University. Amplification and Recording Cambridge was founded in 1976.
As the name suggests, part of the company's early work was in high-performance mixing desks for recording studios, but it wasn't long before the two friends were manufacturing high-fidelity amplifiers and starting an engineering-led business. Arcam is still innovating and making the most of music and home cinema sound four decades later.
The result of many years of painstaking design, listening, and refinement, the Living Voice Vox Olympian horn loudspeaker has been designed to be entirely free of compromise.
Living Voice have been manufacturing horn speakers for over 20 years and felt the time was right to create something without peer, in terms of both its audio performance and the level of craftsmanship employed.
In 1966 John Bowers and his lifelong friend Peter Hayward founded a manufacturing company, then called B&W Electronics, in Worthing on the south coast of England. They agreed from the outset to live modestly and plough profits back into the business to further research into the quest for the perfect loudspeaker...
1965 - Beginnings: Bowers & Wilkins is now a very large company, with distribution chains and customers all over the world. The company began with John Bowers hand-assembling speaker systems for local clients in Worthing, West Sussex, in the back of the electrical store which he ran with his friend Roy Wilkins.
1966 - B&W Electronics Limited: Following a bequest from an elderly lady named Miss Knight, John Bowers founded B&W Electronics Limited. Miss Knight had been impressed with John Bowers' knowledge of classical music, and so pleased with the loudspeakers he made for her, she left him £10,000 in her will to develop a business.
1966 - P1: 1966 saw the development of the first Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker, the P1. The cabinet and filter were Bowers & Wilkins' own, however the drivers were sourced outwith the company. The profit from these loudspeakers allowed John Bowers to invest in calibration equipment.
1968 - Domestic Monitors: Bowers & Wilkins has always aimed to produce the finest loudspeakers across a broad price spectrum. Domestic Monitors in the form of the DM1 and DM3 were launched to provide a more affordable option for potential customers. The concept of the Domestic Monitor encompasses many generations of superb and affordable loudspeakers, and includes the current award-winning Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series.
The Cyrus factory is in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, where all their products are conceived. Cyrus Audio design, prototype, tune, manufacture, and support their products, both new and historic, from their UK headquarters.
Cyrus Audio is a privately owned company conceived and run with the focus on premium stereo music systems. In a world where 99% of audio manufacturing happens in low-cost economies, Cyrus has chosen to build their team of people and expertise in Cambridgeshire, England, where they are surrounded by a rich pool of excellence in education, technology, high-tech manufacturing, and enquiring minds.
Modern manufacturing processes mean smaller scale premium products may be successfully manufactured in England. In fact, Cyrus's decision to locate their manufacturing in one of the world's most advanced economies, where high quality is expected, means they can set their quality standards higher than if they were located outwith Great Britain. For such reasons Cyrus Audio's suppliers understand their requirements, and because the UK is a world leader in many high-tech industries, they can access leading-edge technologies quickly.
Whether restoring your cherished 1983 amplifier or delivering a new system, Cyrus is organised to support their products over many years, and in some instances over several generations as their products transfer between family members. Cyrus Audio appreciate your investment in their high fidelity components, and are proud to provide unparalleled service to extend the use of a Cyrus system.
Cyrus Audio is an extraordinary company, populated with enthusiasts passionate about the reproduction of music. Moreover, Cyrus aspire to manufacture products which achieve much more than just functionality.
All models are built into the legendary Cyrus chassis. This has emerged as a true icon in the audio world, being understated yet undeniably stylish. The classic Cyrus die-cast chassis is formed under enormous pressure and is hand-finished before the final surface is applied. The unique casting forms a strong and technically valuable enclosure which ensures Cyrus Audio products are destined to endure.
Over the last 30-plus years many exciting ideas and technologies have influenced the audio world. Compact disc was new when Cyrus Audio began. Audio visual systems have offered multi-channel audio, and improvements in digital storage is simply astounding. Cyrus Audio has earned world-wide critical acclaim across a broad range of systems, but the common denominator is audio performance. Cyrus components sound so good when compared to mass-market hi-fi, that Cyrus products clearly provide superior sound.
Exposure has been perfecting the art of creating real hi-fi for real music lovers since 1974. What does Exposure consider real? Remember the days when things were designed by skilled engineers, perfected over time, and built to last? When products were expected to concentrate on doing what they did exceptionally well without fail, rather than getting bogged down with the latest gadgets and gizmos? That's what Exposure consider real hi-fi.
Exposure is for real music lovers and people who know what they want. An Exposure high-fidelity system will bring your beloved music collection to life; it will not look flash at cocktail parties or require a second mortgage. It might take a little stretch, but it won't break the bank. It also won't require a rocket scientist to set up and maintain.
What it will do is to give you real music and hair-raising and spine-tingling listening experiences. Exposure hi-fi is renowned for its rightness of sound. There is delicacy in the upper range with an openness in the mid-range, underpinned by deep yet agile bass which dances along with the tune. To put it another way, Exposure design philosophy is to make hi-fi which gets on with the task of authentically reproducing any and every kind of music, whilst the equipment itself hides in the background. This is smart thinking, since real music lovers prefer to listen to their music rather than the hi-fi.
On the outside, Exposure products are simple and elegant. Robustly built, they offer ergonomic features with clear controls. Exposure think the best place for complex engineering is inside the component, where decades of research and development go into producing a renowned musical performance.
Exposure is available worldwide from a network of specialist shops run by people who know a thing or two about the relationship between people, hi-fi, and music. Exposure Electronics is proud to be a British company based in the south of England. Exposure products are British from design to finish.
J E Sugden & Company Limited was founded by James Edward Sugden in 1967, a division of Research Electronics. Research Electronics manufactured scientific instruments and test equipment designed by James Sugden for universities. The A21 was the first amplifier to be put into production and was originally branded for a well known local loudspeaker company called Richard Allan.
The A21 was the world's first production pure class A transistor amplifier and a great success. The partnership with Richard Allan was short lived and within a year the amplifier was renamed the Sugden A21. Shortly afterwards manufacturing was moved to larger premises in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, England.
Almost all the manufacturing processes were carried out at the new Sugden factory. These included cases, building circuit boards, and final assembly of each item, all by hand. The Cleckheaton factory saw the development of many new products including the A48 integrated amplifier and C51/P51 pre and power amplifiers. There were also three analogue radio tuners and a full set of audio test equipment.
In 1981 production was relocated to Sugden's current factory in Heckmondwike, a short distance from where it all began. Sugden still manufacture in the same tradition today, with each product being handmade by a single highly-skilled team member. Six employees have been with the company for over thirty years, enjoying a life-long career. Sugden's involvement in the full manufacturing process still exists from design to despatch. Sugden operate their own custom engineering shop, assembly, screen printing, and cabinet making facility for loudspeakers. Sugden products are truly handmade-quality British components.
Mission Electronics was founded in 1977 and was immediately recognised as one of the leaders in the development of acoustic engineering through its application of new technologies to create some of the most rewarding loudspeakers in every market sector. Mission quickly became a very popular hi-fi brand and earned an enviable reputation for the design and manufacture of some of the world's finest and technologically innovative hi-fi products.
Over the years Mission has released a bevy of award winning products culminating with the introduction of the Pilastro loudspeaker which encapsulated decades of knowledge and experience into one high-end loudspeaker. One of the finest loudspeakers in history, the Pilastro became a statement product whose acoustic engineering advances have since been implemented on newer loudspeaker ranges, including the highly acclaimed Mission SX series.
ART, Acoustic Reproduction Technology, was founded in 1998 by Derek and Ramsay Dunlop. Having spent their working lives in the audio industry prior to establishing their own company the brothers bring long experience, master craftsmanship, and a high degree of musical appreciation to the industry.
The brothers worked in the family business, Systemdek, which over three decades earned an enviable international reputation for its specialist turntables. With the development of digital audio replay their has focus moved to the design and manufacture of loudspeakers.
ART set itself the specific goal to rise above the fray and offer audio reproduction far in advance of the listener's expectations. The driving force within the company is the determination to offer the listener the greatest achievable acoustic reproduction.
Spendor loudspeakers are designed and hand-built at the Spendor factory in Hailsham, Sussex, England. Traditional craftmanship, skilled design capability and modern engineering materials all combine to produce superbly built loudspeakers with models to suit any taste or application.
Spendor's unique bass and mid drive units are also designed and built in Hailsham. Many other manufacturers are content to buy in standard, or slightly modified versions of drive units easily obtainable from component suppliers, whilst claiming the drive units as their own. Not so with Spendor. The main drivers are the heart of the loudspeaker and should be designed and built with care, and without compromise.
Originally founded in the 1960s by Spencer and Dorothy Hughes, Spendor grew out of the expertise gained in the BBC's sound engineering department. The original BC1 design became the studio monitor of choice, and soon this and other designs were to be developed for the consumer market.
For well over 30 years a succession of distinctive and innovative products have set a reference standard for consumer and professional users. Many Spendor designs have earned international cult status amongst discerning audiophiles and sound engineers, and the virtues of such classics as the Spendor BC1 and LS3/5A are embodied in today's products.
Monitor Audio is a British-owned and managed global specialist in high-fidelity loudspeaker design. For over 40 years Monitor Audio have been incorporating stereo and surround sound systems, and a range of sonically matched architectural speakers for ultra discreet high quality sound, around the home and out of doors.
Whatever your taste and budget you'll discover a Monitor Audio speaker which answers your desire for great sound. Since hi-fi was in its infancy Monitor Audio have dedicated their technical expertise, innovation, and craftsmanship to the creation of world-class loudspeakers; speakers which communicate the essence of the brand, and reward those who buy them with a blend of style, quality, performance, and sophistication which makes Monitor Audio unique.
Monitor Audio's success is not simply a matter of excellent sound quality, although expert listeners around the world will testify to that; it's more about how the sonic superlatives are delivered. By consistently refining and applying new technologies, Monitor Audio has become the world's foremost expert in developing metal dome drivers. Metal is not the easiest material to shape, which is why many of Monitor Audio's competitors choose paper or plastic, but it does have amazing properties for more life-like sound reproduction when treated correctly.
"Of all art, music is the most indefinable and the most expressive, the most insubstantial and the most immediate, the most transitory and the most imperishable. Transformed to a dance of electrons along a wire, its ghost lives on. When KEF returns music to its rightful habituation, your ears and mind, they aim to do so in the most natural way they can, without drama, without exaggeration, without artifice." Raymond Cooke, KEF founder.
KEF was founded in 1961 by Raymond Cooke OBE (1925–1995), and was initially headquartered in a nissen hut on the premises of Kent Engineering & Foundry (from where the name KEF is derived), a metal-working company on the banks of the River Medway, near Maidstone in Kent, England. Cooke, an ex-BBC electrical engineer, was keen to experiment with new materials and technologies in order to create products with superior acoustic quality, which could reproduce recordings as natural as the original performance. The pioneering inventiveness of KEF loudspeakers was undeniable from the beginning, and audiophiles around the world have revered KEF for decades for their innovative, high-performance loudspeakers.
Founded in Cambridge, England, by a group of expert electronic engineers, Data Conversion Systems originally designed and manufactured high performance analogue-to-digital converters and digital-to-analogue converters for major telecommunications companies and military agencies, whose primary requirement was technology which delivered state-of-the-art precision, linearity, and reliability.
Success in this field meant dCS quickly became known for the performance of its converters and so, recognising in the late 1980s this technology had a key role in music recording and playback, the company decided to concentrate on developing products for the recording industry.
While the focus had changed, commitment to producing systems of unrivalled accuracy had not, and consequently dCS products were, and still are, used by some of the world's most successful recording studios and personnel.
dCS recruited some of the smartest and most creative digital audio engineers in the world, and the company evolved into producing digital hi-fi sources which allowed music lovers to enjoy sound of unrivalled quality in their homes.
This focus on research and development also resulted in a range of proprietary dCS technologies, of which the most significant is the legendary dCS Ring DAC. dCS products continue to set new standards of performance in terms of both objective test measurements and subjective listening.
Since 1968 Cambridge Audio have been driven by the simple belief music should always sound amazing. Nearly 50 years on Cambridge Audio still deliver the best audio products to listeners who love music.
Cambridge Audio products are tuned to that moment when your heart starts racing, your foot starts tapping, and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Cambridge Audio are dedicated to delivering audio experiences which genuinely move you.
Cambridge Audio do this because they too love music and want to remind you why you fell in love with music in the first place. It's more than just a song or a film - it's a feeling, a memory, and a moment captured in time.
Cambridge Audio are located in London's Southbank and take their cues from the culture, energy, and creativity in which they're surrounded. They remain fiercely independent, doing things their own way, because great things happen when people who love music create audio products.
Atlas Cables is a highly successful, independent, UK-owned company. With a couple of exceptions, all Atlas products are researched, designed, and produced in East Ayrshire, Scotland.
Scotland has a long-established track record in specialist electronic design and manufacture for some of the world's leading companies, which have access to an excellent, highly-trained workforce.
Atlas Cables have won acclaim in over 30 countries. State of the art products such as the award-winning Mavros and Asimi ranges are regarded as being amongst the finest available anywhere, at any price, and have received accolades in Europe, USA, Canada, and Japan.
Crimson design products for people who love listening to music, not collecting equipment. Everything Crimson manufacture is designed to have no sonic character of its own, and to simply vanish from the replay chain. Their goal is for the music you hear in your home to be as faithful as possible to the music as it was recorded.
If you expect your hi-fi system to sound a particular way then Crimson may not be your cup of tea. Crimson don't soften anything to create a more palatable sound. They're not concerned with adding a rosy glow, or a bloom, or whatever you wish to call it, to the sound, because they don't think that's reality. There are many companies purveying a particular type of sound, but that's not what Crimson believe in. The obsession with sound effects, and the flowery prose which has evolved to describe them, is not what Crimson is about.
Esoteric Audio Research was established in England in 1976 with the EAR 509, a 100 watt valve monoblock power amplifier. The product was a balance of performance, reliability, and cost which is the reason it's still in production today. This amplifier provided a solid foundation for the design of future EAR products. Since then, there has been a full range of products built under the original philosophy, ranging from studio recording equipment capturing music, through to recreating music in the home.
EAR products have a history of winning awards. These accolades are due to the high level of care applied towards design and building of products. These values have never changed and provide lasting products which EAR customers have enjoyed over the years. Designed for those who want the very best in sound, these luxurious products have gained a great reputation on merit and are backed by outstanding customer service. The iconic vision Tim de Paravicini succeeded in creating has a strong presence reaching all corners of the globe.
Components are assembled at the EAR production facility in Cambridgeshire, England, which enables EAR to have full control over quality of manufacturing. EAR production engineers average experience exceeding 10 years with EAR Yoshino and are highly familiar with the products they manufacture. Each component is built from start to finish by a single engineer fabricating a personal touch to the product, which is closer to resembling craftsmanship rather than the anonymous mass produced items to which we've all become too familiar. EAR's high-end products are built from the finest materials and supplies possible. EAR strive to source parts locally as it enables them to partner closely with suppliers and have tight control on quality.
Graham Audio is a family-owned British company based in Newton Abbot, a small market town in Devon, England. Graham Audio are passionate about high-quality audio and believe the classic BBC loudspeaker designs offer levels of neutrality, transparency, and realism which are hard to find elsewhere today. Utilising modern components and production techniques Graham's have been able to push the performance while remaining true to the original designs.
Graham Audio may be small, but they are proud to work with some of the best talent in the industry, including Derek Hughes and Volt Loudspeakers. Graham Audio loudspeaker systems are available throughout the world from carefully selected outlets who have full demonstration facilites, and will support you through the selection and setting up process.
All Graham loudspeakers are hand-assembled on-site. One person is responsible for the whole process, including testing and auditioning. A second person double-checks the completed product, repeating the testing as a matter of course, and saving the results for future reference. As part of the test procedure, all completed loudspeakers are compared to Graham's master reference samples to ensure complete consistency.
Graham Audio was founded by Paul Graham, who has spent more than 20 years working in all areas of professional audio, including the recording and broadcast industries, and in live sound and performance. Of all the different approaches, Paul has always favoured the BBC sound for both professional and personal applications. He feared many of the classic designs would be lost forever, as one by one, the surviving examples gradually failed after many decades of operation. A couple of chance meetings and some long conversations later, it was decided the only way to preserve this legacy was to seek BBC approval to build them himself. Happily, the first product to be released, the BBC LS5/9, has been warmly received by reviewers and owners alike, and the newly released BBC LS5/8, and upcoming LS3/5, look set to bring the unique BBC sound to an even wider audience.
JoSound not only believe they should deliver great products which offer the highest accuracy in music reproduction, but also they should endeavour to do this in a manner which is sustainable and has minimal impact on the natural environment.
Incorporated in 2011, JoSound is headquartered on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands. All JoSound loudspeakers are designed in Jersey and manufactured by dedicated craftsmen in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. JoSound's world debut was at the AudioWorld 2011 show in London. Since then JoSound have developed a complete range of loudspeakers which have received plaudits in the international press.
Acoustic Energy Limited was founded in 1987 and originally based in West London before relocating to its current 15,000 square feet facility in the Cotswolds. The AE1 was launched in 1988 and, being designed for the professional audio market, offered great accuracy, precise stereo imaging, superb dynamics and transparency, coupled with high power handling and linearity. Consequently, the AE1 acquired a global reputation with musicians, recording artists, and studio engineers.
The AE1 won the British Hi-Fi Award for Best Speaker in 1991 and 1992, and acclaim for the Reference Series within the hi-fi press grew worldwide. The hi-fi market rapidly became an integral part of Acoustic Energy's growth and, thanks to this renowned product, Acoustic Energy has grown from strength to strength around the world. Acoustic Energy now distributes to over 50 export markets, in addition to possessing a strong multiple and independent distribution base within our own domestic market.
Since the company's relocation in 1995, Acoustic Energy has formed a strategic alliance with a large manufacturing and purchasing facility based in the Far East. This alliance has enabled Acoustic Energy to focus attention on further growth by targeting the more volume orientated entry-level, mid-range hi-fi and multi-channel home theatre markets. The first examples of this new production alliance began with the introduction of the 100 and Aegis Series ranges in the late 1990s. Today these ranges have evolved into the Aegis Neo, Aego, Aelite, and Radiance Series.
The award winning successes of these products have provided significant growth for Acoustic Energy, resulting in reinvestment geared towards new product development, and marketing plans which will continue to ensure the achievement of new standards in product performance, quality, and value.