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Username: J1110

Post Number: 2
Registered: Nov-04
How can I find out about info on companies like RE, Brahma, etc. I always thought companies like Orion,PPI, Kicker and Rockford were the market leaders. Are there other companies that I should be looking into?


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check those websites, may help you.

Search around the forum, there is many posts about x.x.x and brahama.

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Username: J1110

Post Number: 3
Registered: Nov-04
thanks eclipse

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Orion and PPI got bought out by DEI I think.
The Orion stuff is still pretty good, but
not like it was..those Art series PPIs kicked
major butt as I remember...too bad theyre long gone.
Rockford moved most of their production over seas
in the late 90's, and now theyre just average IMO,

Kicker still makes good equipment.
I just wish they think that square crap through
a little more :-)
What happened is, those companies used to be more
like what Adire and RE and all the other internet companies are now.
When the older companies grew, they became all
corporate, and cared less about the product.
Theyre mostly living off their "good" names these
ah well...such is life.

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Username: Glasswolf

NorthWest, Michigan USA

Post Number: 5686
Registered: Dec-03
yes Directed bought up Viper, a/d/s, Orion, PPI, and a few other brands, and moved production base overseas.

Soundstream is owned by power acoustik now
planet audio belongs to BOSS
Kicker is still owned by Stillwater Design, and still based in Stillwater, OK.

Most of these are all bigger corporate type companies though, and interested in mass marketing and mass production it seems.
Some of the smaller companies are still the high end ones.
Harrison Labs
McIntosh Labs (owned now by DCM, Inc. parent company of Denon and Marantz)
Resonant Engineering
Image Dynamics
Digital Designs
Arc Audio

companies like these are the high end now if you're after audiophile grade gear for a car.
Most are smaller companies, still dedicated to the consumer more than how many products they can push on folks through crutchfield, best buy, and circuit city.

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Glass, did you hear about RE buying and
using "defective"
motors from destijl that were deemed unfit by
Onyx audio.
That pissed me off, hence I wont use RE now.

Too bad none of those companies you listed
make HUs :-(
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