The Quest Group Purchases GoldenEar Technologies

JayCeeJayCee Posts: 734
https://www.avsforum.com/quest-group-aka-audioquest-buys-goldenear-technologies/
"For Immediate Release

January 2, 2020

GoldenEar Technology, manufacturer of some of the world’s highest value audiophile loudspeakers, and The Quest Group, best known as the owner of the AudioQuest brand of cables, Niagara power products, and DragonFly DACs, are very pleased to announce that GoldenEar has become part of The Quest Group, a California corporation wholly owned by AudioQuest founder and CEO Bill Low. Below is the letter that Sandy Gross sent out this morning to GoldenEar dealers and Export distributors:

I have some very exciting news to share with you: Our industry has seen a remarkable series of mergers and acquisitions over the past few years. Now I am pleased to announce that The Quest Group, the owner of AudioQuest, has acquired GoldenEar Technology. Owned by Bill Low, an ardent audiophile, The Quest Group, best known as the creator and supplier of the AudioQuest brand, has defined how a focus on audiophile performance can combine with market savvy and understanding, marketing excellence and operational excellence, to achieve exceptional business success. All of these positives mirror what GoldenEar is about, but with greater strength, resources, and capabilities.

Don Givogue, Bob Johnston, and I started GoldenEar ten years ago with the vision of creating an American classic: a strong, performance-oriented high-end audio company that would take a leading position on the world stage. We have created superb products that are unmatched in their combination of performance and value. Through our hard-hitting marketing, advertising, and fantastic reviews, we have become a well-established force in the loudspeaker marketplace. We have established a much-envied distribution network in North America through the best brick & mortar dealers. And in the international markets, with distributors in 35 countries, we have begun to establish an equally enviable worldwide presence.

When Don approached me several years ago to let me know that he wanted to retire, he tasked me with the challenge of finding the right business partner with which to join GoldenEar—one who understands who we are, what we do, and how we do it. The choice was clear: I have known Bill Low for almost 50 years, dating back to my first trip around the country to set up Polk distribution. Back then, Bill had a small high-end audio store in Portland, Oregon, and, as two fanatical audiophiles, we immediately hit it off and have been friends ever since. So, I enthusiastically approached Bill with the concept of bringing GoldenEar into The Quest Group, joining AudioQuest, and here we are today announcing that combination.

I very much want to continue with my lifelong work of creating great loudspeakers and bringing them to market. Don was the operational side of the business, and I believe that the operational strength within The Quest Group will be more than able to pick up the ball and charge ahead. I think that TQG’s capabilities will help us to create and structure an even more effective market presence, and, with their help and backing, I am confident that our sales team will grow and be able to offer even greater support to you, our dealers, distributors, and to your teams.

Internationally, from a logistical standpoint, The Quest Group is way ahead of anything that we have ever had. Their strong presence on the ground in Europe includes full warehousing and a growing sales-support structure. Their excellent Asia-Pacific team will help our current vendor interface team, as well as provide in-person sales support. Combined, these assets will be a tremendous help for GoldenEar and our distributors toward achieving growth and taking a much stronger international position. Our engineering team, strengthened by the addition of new head Benjamin Seaman, who has tremendous experience organizing and running effective engineering teams in the aerospace industry, remains in place and is busy working on new projects to help me achieve my product dreams. And our sales team of Dave Kakenmaster, Chris Volk, and Michael Grover are also in place and in gear. In addition, our in-house sales team of Anne Conaway and Mary Conaway are here and busy as always working with you and helping to make everything run smoothly and efficiently.

Of course, GoldenEar will continue to slowly and methodically pursue its own unique and independent distribution strategy. At present, about one hundred of GoldenEar’s approximately two hundred North American dealers are also AudioQuest dealers. Over time, more AudioQuest dealers might become GoldenEar dealers, though only when and where appropriate. Under no circumstances will GoldenEar become available to all AudioQuest dealers. Of course, AudioQuest is hoping that it might be appropriate for more of the GoldenEar dealer community to become AudioQuest dealers, but there is no mandate for either community to merge with the other.

I look forward to working together with you on this new chapter in the history, development, and success of GoldenEar.

Onward and Upward,
Sandy

Sandy Gross
President
GoldenEar Technology

Bill Low’s addendum:

I’m delighted to welcome GoldenEar into the heart of The Quest Group’s performance-oriented audio business.

Other than that, Sandy’s letter says it all—including the important fact that I am acquiring GoldenEar Technology because nothing is broken and nothing needs to be fixed. The businesses of GoldenEar and AudioQuest are simply complementary and compatible to a degree seldom seen when an investment business buys companies.

I have always been certain that I would only ever want to be involved with business activities that I initiated, from my stores in Portland, OR, and Santa Monica, on to AudioQuest cables, Niagara and PowerQuest power products, and the DragonFly series of portable DACs—but the opportunity to work with Sandy and share in the growth of GoldenEar is simply irresistible.

Everyone who knows Sandy has witnessed someone doing what he loves—I hope the same is obvious to those who know me. Sandy and I will now be practicing our favorite “pastime” under the same umbrella.

Sincerely,
Bill

William E. Low
CEO/Founder
The Quest Group
dba AudioQuest”
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Comments

  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 579
    I wonder how long it will be before we see GoldenEar gear popping up in select Best Buy Magnolia stores. And I also wonder if/when Quest Group will snag an amp company to offer a "from the wall socket to the ears" system.

    I wish them all the best, and it will be interesting to see how things play out in the next couple years.
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,114
    Wasn’t impressed with the GE speakers are Axpona. Will be interesting to see if they are able to revitalize the brand while keeping it out of BB like you said.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,608
    edited January 3
    mmm -- more consolidation.
    Not my idea of a good outcome, but maybe Mr. Gross figured it was time.

    EDIT:
    The editorial content in the AVSForum link is... worth a look :)
    In a move that certain to cause waves in the audio world, The Quest Group, owner of AudioQuest cables, has purchased speaker maker GoldenEar Technology.

    Now, a company that made its name exaggerating bass response specifications and synergistically join forces with a company that makes money claiming that HDMI cables can improve the quality of a video signal and that sells upgraded audiophile power cords that they claim—with a straight face—improves the sound of your system.

    It’s hard to predict what the future holds for GoldenEar. Its “value” as a brand rests on the fact many of its products are not sold through online channels. It’ll be interesting to see if that remains the case after this acquisition.

    Looks like something's missing in that sentence: "Now a company that made its name exaggerating bass response specifications and synergistically join forces with...
    or maybe the "and" should have been "can".

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,608
    I am surprised that this hasn't elicited more chatter today. :|
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,695
    edited January 3
    Definitive and Golden ear have always quoted -10db frequency response curves.

    Their realistic and actual frequency response is substantially different. Ie, a tower they quote to be 20 to 30hz is actually 40 to 50hz on the average
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,608
    -10 dB 'Frequency Range' was the de facto (and often un-mentioned) standard for a long, long time. Radio Shack, e.g., at best, would quote -10 dB ranges -- or, worse, +/- 10 dB, which would allow a 20 dB deviation from one end of the range to the other in toto.

    B)

    I just thought that the buyout was interesting.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,629
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    The editorial content in the AVSForum link is... worth a look :)

    Blabbering by morons who have no idea what they are talking about.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,608
    well, it was incomprehensible, but I think that was typographical.
    Still found it amusing.
    I am fairly easily amused.
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,211
    edited January 3
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Wasn’t impressed with the GE speakers are Axpona. Will be interesting to see if they are able to revitalize the brand while keeping it out of BB like you said.

    Neither was I the GoldenEar's didnt impress me a bit, especially after hearing Jim Salks offerings.
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  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,176
    gudnoyez wrote: »
    Neither was I the GoldenEar's didnt impress me a bit, especially after hearing Jim Salks offerings.

    Since you brought Salk up . . . I’m got 1/2 a mind to go put my ears on these 😁

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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,211
    http://www.salksound.com/model.php?model=SS+9.5

    Probably the best speakers I've had the pleasure of listening to spent a lot of time in the Salk room. It was in and out with the GE room.
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  • TEAforONETEAforONE Posts: 343
    Salk makes some stunning looking speakers. Word has it they sound pretty good too. Unfortunately,I've never had the chance to hear them.
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,956
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    Trust your ears.

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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,695
    Shhh Tom
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,686
    I heard pair of Triton ones while on vacation this fall. They were good, very good even, but my experience with speakers of that caliber is limited, and I did not put them $4,400 above the (MSRP price of the) KEFs I owned at the time, and I doubt they'd be $4,200 above my current Martin Logan's. Not that they were bad at all, they were way better, but not worth that kind of difference IMO. I'll leave it at that, because I didn't listen to them for very long.

    I did also hear the Focal Sopra towers at the same shop, which I decided would be worth the price difference. :)

    Hopefully we'll see both companies improve through this merger :)
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,956
    VR3 wrote: »
    Shhh Tom

    I am, trust me. I am being as cryptic as I can. No worries mate.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,114
    Lol. You guys are audiosnobs
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,236
    I’ve not heard many high end speakers but for the price range, my Tritons are the best I have personally heard. Will be interested to see what direction the brand goes.
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  • sgmsmgsgmsmg Posts: 404
    hochpt21 wrote: »
    I’ve not heard many high end speakers but for the price range, my Tritons are the best I have personally heard. Will be interested to see what direction the brand goes.

    I completely agree with you although I have not had exposure to many high end speakers/systems. Personally I enjoyed my previous Triton Ones and now my Triton Reference speakers even more.
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  • Gerres26Gerres26 Posts: 572
    treitz3 wrote: »
    VR3 wrote: »
    Shhh Tom

    I am, trust me. I am being as cryptic as I can. No worries mate.

    Tom

    Not a fan of Salk in general Tom? Or just a certain model of them?

  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,956
    I don't believe I have ever heard anything from Salk. I *may* have heard a small bookie once but I cannot say with 100% certainty that it was Salk. With that said, I don't have the right to comment on Salk, other than their speakers look beautifully finished.

    Sorry for the confusion.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 4,853
    I remember enjoying Salk's polio vaccine when I was a child. 5 Stars.
  • Gerres26Gerres26 Posts: 572
    treitz3 wrote: »
    I don't believe I have ever heard anything from Salk. I *may* have heard a small bookie once but I cannot say with 100% certainty that it was Salk. With that said, I don't have the right to comment on Salk, other than their speakers look beautifully finished.

    Sorry for the confusion.

    Tom

    Ah, gotcha...I was just curious as I’ve heard nothing but praise about them though I’ve not got my ears on a pair yet. Sure do look purdy though.
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