The company list

tonybtonyb Posts: 30,171
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.
HT SYSTEM-2 channel
Sony 850c 4k
Pioneer elite vhx 21
Sony 4k BRP
SVS SB-2000
Dynaudio Audience 72
Polk FX500 surrounds
Cary xciter dac
Cullen modded Sonos
Joule la-100 pre
B&k Ref 4420 amp

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

Kitchen

Sonos zp90
B&k 1430
Tad 803 speakers
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Comments

  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,967
    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: 4,281
    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
    I disabled signatures.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,171
    Good calls gents, keep 'em rolling.
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

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

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,171
    I'll add Brent Jesse for tubes. HIFI Heaven in Wisconsin, nice dudes to deal with.
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

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

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,591
    Not a Schiit fan?
    I am -- intrigued -- by some of their products.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,171
    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-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

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

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,591
    gotcha. sorry.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,756
    Cherry Vintage Audio in South Carolina for some cool vintage gear.
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,061
    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: 4,045
    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, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,591
    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
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 6,953
    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: 2,308
    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 ,Dodd 50W Dual Mono EL34 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 Pass Labs X150.5 Amp, Eastern Electric MiniMax Preamp, Polk LSIM705, Marantz DV8300 SACD, Audioengine B1, MIT AVt3 Speaker & RCA Cables, PS Audio Power Punch power cables

    Dodd Mid Level Preamp ("on the bench" w/Charlie)
    Polk SDA1c modded
    Polk CRS+ 4.1TL modded (need veneer)
    Soundcraftsmen PCR800
    Yamaha YP-D6
    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: 1,019
    Musicalconcepts.com
    John Hillig is very helpful.
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 24 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Mojo Audio Mystique v2 SE>>ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature>>Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod)>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified 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

    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: 976
    Parks Audio for phono preamps
    Belles
    Monarchy Audio
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,421
    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: 3,606
    Silk Audio

    Version3 Audio
  • tonyp063tonyp063 Posts: 487
    FixMyDual in the misc. category
    Bill is fair, honest & a great source of info.
  • decaldecal Posts: 3,093
    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: 821
    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 Music Hall MMF7.3 I Lounge Audio LCR Mk III I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K Ref 200.2 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: 623
    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: 18,579
    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 Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • cmy330gocmy330go Posts: 2,287
    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: 30,171
    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.
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

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

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,421
    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: 13,061
    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: 4,302
    Another company that still has a solid reputation and great customerservice is Macintosh.
    Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,
    USB helpers: w4s Recovery
    Living Room Elite SC27, LSI25
    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,971
    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.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,171
    I'm expecting Skip to chime in, give the Italians a little boost too. :)
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

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

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 1,594
    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
    DAC North Star Design Supremo
    Source PSA PWT & Oppo 105
    Pre/Pro Integra DHC 40.1
    LCD Samsung LN46B750
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Pre Cary SLP-98 F1
    Center Salk HT2C
    Wires MIT S3.3
    PSA PC AC-12
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