The company list

tonybtonyb Posts: 31,428
edited February 2018 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.
HT SYSTEM-
Sony 850c 4k
Pioneer elite vhx 21
Sony 4k BRP
SVS SB-2000
Polk Sig. 20's
Polk FX500 surrounds

Cables-
Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

Kitchen

Sonos zp90
Grant Fidelity tube dac
B&k 1430
Tad 803 speakers
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Comments

  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,580
    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
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, 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, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,982
    edited February 2018
    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
    I disabled signatures.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,428
    Good calls gents, keep 'em rolling.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,428
    I'll add Brent Jesse for tubes. HIFI Heaven in Wisconsin, nice dudes to deal with.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,923
    Not a Schiit fan?
    I am -- intrigued -- by some of their products.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,428
    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. :)
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,923
    gotcha. sorry.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,863
    Cherry Vintage Audio in South Carolina for some cool vintage gear.
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,420
    Parasound
    Marantz AV-7705 PrePro, Classé 5 ch. 200wpc 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: 7,633
    This would be a good thread to make sticky. Not that I'm lazy, but well maybe a little bit. :smiley:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,923
    edited February 2018
    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
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,162
    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: 2,427
    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 Focal Electra 926 speakers, Pass Labs X150.5 Amp, Eastern Electric MiniMax Preamp (Tutay mods), Eastern Electric Minimax CDP (Scott Nixon mods), Music Hall mmf 5.1 Turntable, Parks Audio Budgie Phono Pre , Audioengine B1 streamer, MIT S3 IC's / MIT Shotgun S3 Speaker Cables / PS Audio power cables
    Noggin Schiit Valhalla, Pangea, Phillips Fidelio X1, Polk UF8000

    Polk SDA1c modded
    Polk CRS+ 4.1TL modded (need veneer)
    Polk SDA2BTL (fully modded)
    A/L 1000VA Dreadnought Canare 4s11 SDA cable
    SACD Marantz DV8300
    Sony S9000ES CD/DVD/SACD
    Yamaha YP-D6
    Soundcraftsmen PCR800
    Audible Illusions L1 Preamp
    Vincent MFA based Cocci Tube Preamp
    Pho-700 Phono Pre
    Signal Cable Silver Resolution IC's






  • machonemachone Posts: 1,125
    Musicalconcepts.com
    John Hillig is very helpful.
    Mojo Audio Illuminati v3>>Quantum Byte w/LMS>>Rpi/PiCoreplayer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Mojo Audio Mystique v2 SE>>ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature>>Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts Fully Modded)>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modded)...SDA-1A (Fully Modded with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Marantz SA 8005
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570
    Sony PS4

    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: 1,296
    Parks Audio for phono preamps
    Belles
    Monarchy Audio
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,998
    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: 4,219
    Silk Audio

    Version3 Audio
  • tonyp063tonyp063 Posts: 672
    FixMyDual in the misc. category
    Bill is fair, honest & a great source of info.
  • decaldecal Posts: 3,170
    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: 1,280
    Seconded Backert and Brent Jessee. Also have had great experiences with World Wide Stereo in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. Great people
    2 Channel - Major reduction complete

    KEF LS50W I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs


  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 1,040
    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: 21,295
    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 Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • cmy330gocmy330go Posts: 2,330
    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: 31,428
    edited February 2018
    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.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,998
    edited February 2018
    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: 13,420
    Blue Jeans Cable
    Marantz AV-7705 PrePro, Classé 5 ch. 200wpc 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: 4,998
    Another company that still has a solid reputation and great customerservice is Macintosh.
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R, Tyler Highland H2, Aries Mini, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11, W4S recovery, Wireworld Platinum Starlight, PS Audio Direct Stream JR.

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,123
    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.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,428
    I'm expecting Skip to chime in, give the Italians a little boost too. :)
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,027
    edited February 2018
    "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 Salk SuperCharged Surrounds
    Source PSA PWT into NSD Supremo
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Center Salk HT2C
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Wires WW & MIT
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