The company list

tonybtonyb Posts: 28,338
edited February 2 in 2 Channel Audio
Talked about putting together a list of companies we all have had good experiences with. Feel free to add to the list as we all have different experiences. Lets try these 4 categories.

Speakers
Gear
Cables
Misc.- meaning great gear from companies no longer in business, but still obtainable on the used markets.

Hopefully this will give some people a little direction in the crowded field of audio who want to step outside the BestBuy brands.

Speakers- Polk-obviously
PBN- Peter is great to deal with
Usher- Our very own Skip as a dealer and many users
Legacy- Bill is also a great dude to deal with.
Salk- Jim, right up there with the rest.
Dynaudio
Focal
Totem
Odyssey

Gear-Cary- good sounding products but CS needs help
W4S-
Oppo
Butler- personal favorite
Peachtree
Rogue
Bat- brush up on your Russian
SVS
HSU
Musical fidelity
Modwright
Odyssey
Backert Labs

Cables- MIT
Acoustic Zen
Audioquest
Bluejeans
Wireworld
Kimber
Transparent
Shunyata


Misc.- Joule
McCormack
B&K
Straley Reality cables
PNF cables


Just to get the ball rolling, add at will.
ERA D-5
B&K 1403
Cary Xciter dac
Joule LA-100
SVS SB-2000 SUB
Sony 4k bdp
Sony 4k 55 850c
FX 500 surround
Acoustic zen Satori SC's
Pioneer elite vsx21
Sonos-Cullen mod.
Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
PS Audio Quintet
Analysis Plus crystal ovals
Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
Wireworld eclipse 7 Ic's
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,872
    I'm going to tag Dynaudio and Simaudio with

    Hanson Audio and Video in Ohio...great customer service
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures, Simaudio 780D DAC
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Modwright LS100, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers
  • msgmsg Posts: 3,713
    edited February 2
    Douglas Connection for cables; always a pleasure working with Doug. Takes his time, answers all questions, forthcoming with info and experience.

    For speaker repairs and mods, Dave Shirly, DHS Speaker
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,338
    Good calls gents, keep 'em rolling.
    ERA D-5
    B&K 1403
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    SVS SB-2000 SUB
    Sony 4k bdp
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
    Wireworld eclipse 7 Ic's
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,338
    I'll add Brent Jesse for tubes. HIFI Heaven in Wisconsin, nice dudes to deal with.
    ERA D-5
    B&K 1403
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    SVS SB-2000 SUB
    Sony 4k bdp
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
    Wireworld eclipse 7 Ic's
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 16,078
    Not a Schiit fan?
    I am -- intrigued -- by some of their products.
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,338
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Not a Schiit fan?
    I am -- intrigued -- by some of their products.

    Mark, the list is for companies you already may have had experience with or know of that have had good reputations. The Schiit fans can chime in if they feel worthy. :)
    ERA D-5
    B&K 1403
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    SVS SB-2000 SUB
    Sony 4k bdp
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
    Wireworld eclipse 7 Ic's
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 16,078
    gotcha. sorry.
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,521
    Cherry Vintage Audio in South Carolina for some cool vintage gear.
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,774
    Parasound
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • verbverb Posts: 782
    This would be a good thread to make sticky. Not that I'm lazy, but well maybe a little bit. :smiley:
    2CH: Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Carver TFM35x Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 16,078
    edited February 2
    I can offer a few good DIY/parts/kit resources (sorry, Tony, now I am playing by the rules, I think!):

    http://www.partsconnexion.com (Canadian, but they deal with Amurricans, too)
    http://www.mcshanedesign.net/ (Jim McShane, parts 'n' tubes)
    http://www.bottlehead.com ('nuff said)

    35012452392_cb467aebf3_o.jpgDSC_8376 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 6,685
    Nice list Tony.

    I'd add Sonore for computer audio.

    http://www.sonore.us/
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo III Dual Mono ESS Sabre32 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 2,105
    Signal Cable I would add
    VA HT HK AVR20II, Sony S9000ES CD/DVD/SACD, Polk Audio RC80i / Polk Audio CSi3, 60" Panasonic Plasma, Nordost / Signal Cable A2 / Wireworld / Pangea / Magic Power
    VA 2 Channel , McCormack DNA 0.5 (SMc Gold) Amp, MFA based Cocci Tube Preamp, Polk SDA2BTL (fully modded), A/L 1000VA Dreadnought, Canare 4s11 SDA cable, Sony S9000ES CD/DVD/SACD, Music Hall mmf 5.1 Turntable, Vincent Pho-700 Phono Pre, MIT S3 IC's / MIT Shotgun S3 Speaker Cables / Pangea & Signal Cable MP power
    Noggin Schiit Valhalla, Pangea, Phillips Fidelio X1, Polk UF8000
    LA Toobs Pass Labs X150.5 Amp, Eastern Electric MiniMax Preamp, Polk LSIM705, Marantz DV8300 SACD, VPI Nomad Turntable w/Ortofon 2M Bronze, MIT AVt3 Speaker & RCA Cables, Pangea & Signal Cable MP power

    Dodd Mid Level Preamp ("on the bench" w/Charlie)
    Dodd 50W Dual Mono EL34 Amp
    Polk SDA1c modded
    Soundcraftsmen PCR800
    Yamaha YP-D6
    Bottlehead Foreplay (modded)
    Signal Cable Silver Resolution IC's
    Audible Illusions L1 Preamp
    McCormack DNA-1 Power Drive Amp
    Eastern Electric Minimax CDP
    Infinity RS5b Speakers
  • machonemachone Posts: 869
    Musicalconcepts.com
    John Hillig is very helpful.
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 21 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Marantz SA 8005>> Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-110 Preamp + (Musical Concepts LXII Elite Mod) >>Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod) >>Belden 5000 10 ga cables>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 845
    Parks Audio for phono preamps
    Belles
    Monarchy Audio
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 5,888
    JD Labs
    Cambridge Audio
    Vincent Audio,
    HI FI Heaven (most definitely)
    Audio Advisor
    Clear Audio
    Sennheiser
    Needle Doctor
    Reference Audio
    Home Theater
    Parasound Halo A 31 OnkyoTX-NR838 Sony XBR55X850B 55" 4K RtiA9 Fronts CsiA6 Center RtiA3 Rears FxiA6 Side Surrounds Dual Psw 111's Oppo 105D Signal Ultra Speaker Cables & IC's Signal Magic Power Cable Technics SL Q300 Panamax MR4300 Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cables Audioquest Forest USB Cable

    2 Channel
    Adcom 555II Vincent SA-T1 Marantz SA 15S2 Denon DR-M11 Clearaudio Bluemotion SDA 2.3tl's (Z) edition MIT Terminator II Speaker Cables & IC's Adcom 545II Adcom Gtp-450 Marantz CD5004 Technics M245X SDA 2B's, SDA CRS+

    Stuff for the Head
    JD LABS C5 Headphone Amplifier, Sennheiser HD 598, Polk Audio Buckle, Polk Audio Hinge, Velodyne vPulse, Bose IE2, Sennheiser CX 200 Street II, Sennheiser MX 365

    Shower & Off the beaten path Rigs
    Polk Audio Boom Swimmer, Polk Audio Urchin B)
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,489
    Silk Audio

    Version3 Audio
  • tonyp063tonyp063 Posts: 268
    FixMyDual in the misc. category
    Bill is fair, honest & a great source of info.
  • decaldecal Posts: 2,956
    Tyler Acoustics for speakers. Ty Lashbrook is one of the "Good Guys" in audio.
    If you can't hear a difference, don't waste your money.
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 647
    Seconded Backert and Brent Jessee. Also have had great experiences with World Wide Stereo in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. Great people
    2 Channel
    BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K ST125.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

    Living Room HT
    Sony XBR65X930E I Marantz NR-1608 I Q Acoustics 2020i I Q Acoustics 3090c I FXI-A4's I DIY 15" Dayton SW

  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 530
    Maybe out of place, but I will throw in a few (obvious?) parts sources that I have dealt with (and continue to):

    Mouser
    Digikey
    B&D Enterprises (BDent)
    Onlinecomponents (ICs)
    Lighthouse (LEDs)
    Valve storm (wire and parts for tube gear)
    Kapp alloy & wire (Solder, especially 7% silver)

    Too much stuff to keep track of.

    Currently enjoying: Legacy Focus 20/20, McCormack DNA 225, Bill D C1, Oppo 105
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,957
    Pass Labs
    Oppo
    Krell
    Polk Audio
    Rogue Audio
    PS Audio
    Magnepan

    All top notch service and support.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with PS Audio NuWave Phono converter, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 Blu-ray , Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • cmy330gocmy330go Posts: 2,284
    Positive experiences with:
    BRANDS
    Polk
    Music-Hall
    Sutherland
    Sound-Smith

    RETAILERS
    MusicDirect.com
    NeedleDoctor.com
    ElusiveDisc.com
    AcousticSounds.com
    SoundstageDirect.com
    Quest for Sound - Bensalem, PA
    Saturday Audio Exchange - Chicago, IL
    HT
    Mits WD-65737, DirecTV, Oppo DV-970HD, XBOX ONE, Yamaha RX-A1030, Parasound Halo A23, Rotel RB-985, Music Hall MMF-7, Parasound PPH-100, LSi-15, LSi-C, LSi-FX, LSi-7, PSW-1000, Monster HTS2600

    2 CH
    Parasound Halo P3, Parasound Halo A21, Sutherland Ph.D, VPI Classic 3 w/ 3D arm & Soundsmith Aida Cartridge, Arcam CD72T, B&W 802 S3, Monster HTS2500,
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,338
    edited February 3
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I can offer a few good DIY/parts/kit resources (sorry, Tony, now I am playing by the rules, I think!):

    http://www.partsconnexion.com (Canadian, but they deal with Amurricans, too)
    http://www.mcshanedesign.net/ (Jim McShane, parts 'n' tubes)
    http://www.bottlehead.com ('nuff said)

    35012452392_cb467aebf3_o.jpgDSC_8376 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    Attaboy Mark, knew you had some in your back pocket, being the hoarder that you are. :)

    Fantastic list guys, keep 'em coming. Feel free too to mention any people you feel are worthy within these companies also that you have dealt with.
    ERA D-5
    B&K 1403
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    SVS SB-2000 SUB
    Sony 4k bdp
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
    Wireworld eclipse 7 Ic's
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 5,888
    edited February 3
    It looks like a trip to Saturday Audio Exchange in Chicago will be on the radar soon, I could take some of the stash in and trade for some different stuff. Great idea for a thread Tony.
    Home Theater
    Parasound Halo A 31 OnkyoTX-NR838 Sony XBR55X850B 55" 4K RtiA9 Fronts CsiA6 Center RtiA3 Rears FxiA6 Side Surrounds Dual Psw 111's Oppo 105D Signal Ultra Speaker Cables & IC's Signal Magic Power Cable Technics SL Q300 Panamax MR4300 Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cables Audioquest Forest USB Cable

    2 Channel
    Adcom 555II Vincent SA-T1 Marantz SA 15S2 Denon DR-M11 Clearaudio Bluemotion SDA 2.3tl's (Z) edition MIT Terminator II Speaker Cables & IC's Adcom 545II Adcom Gtp-450 Marantz CD5004 Technics M245X SDA 2B's, SDA CRS+

    Stuff for the Head
    JD LABS C5 Headphone Amplifier, Sennheiser HD 598, Polk Audio Buckle, Polk Audio Hinge, Velodyne vPulse, Bose IE2, Sennheiser CX 200 Street II, Sennheiser MX 365

    Shower & Off the beaten path Rigs
    Polk Audio Boom Swimmer, Polk Audio Urchin B)
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,774
    Blue Jeans Cable
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 3,860
    Another company that still has a solid reputation and great customerservice is Macintosh.
    Lumin D1, KEF LS50 Wireless, Cayin scd-50T, LH Labs VI Dac, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9, HP I7 Laptop, Wireworld Eclipse 7, Wireworld Aurora, Wireworld Electra 7, Signal Magic Digital, Cardas Quadralink 5C, Velodyne SPL1200
    USB helpers: w4s Recovery

    HT: Elite SC27, Full Polk RTI setup.

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 1,436
    Schiit Audio has always been quick to reply via email to pre and post purchase inquiries from me.

    Even when I ask them the most obscure stuff, they still reply very quickly with an honest answer.

    I appreciate their customer service via email.
    Alan_r wrote: »
    My passion is for the music, my hobby is how I listen to it.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 28,338
    I'm expecting Skip to chime in, give the Italians a little boost too. :)
    ERA D-5
    B&K 1403
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    SVS SB-2000 SUB
    Sony 4k bdp
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
    Wireworld eclipse 7 Ic's
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 1,287
    edited February 3
    "tony wrote: »
    give the Italians a little boost too. :)

    I picked up a very well built (and Great sounding) North Star DAC from Audio Thesis (Skip). Great product and great dealer . . .

    Also, I've had excellent service/advice from Andy at Vintage Tube Services
    Advise is great, but his web site, not so much . . . So call him directly at the # on his site. NO AFIL

    http://vintagetubeservices.com

    Oh! I forgot to mention . . . Stellar customer service at Rogue, always Johnny on the Spot when I inquire re: my M180s

    and I must concur with said comment re: Cary CS. They do great work, but the verbal communication part gets in their way
    Power Rogue M180 monos & Adcom GFA 5802
    PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Rears Definitive Technology BP-2
    Center Definitive Technology C-1
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    Pre Cary SLP-98 Hot Rod
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Source Oppo 105
    PS Audio AC-12
    Wires MIT S3.3
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