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      Reputed Car Audio Manufacturers - Snapshot

      Alpine
      Year of Business: 1967
      Products: Head units, Speakers, Sub Woofers, Amplifiers, Signal Processors, and in car Multimedia
      HQ: Tokyo, Japan
      Web Site: http://www.alpine-usa.com/
      Dig you know? Alps-Motorola — a joint venture between Alps Electric and U.S.-based Motorola became Alpine Electronics, Inc. in 1978 when Alps bought out Motorola's share of the company.

      AudioControl
      Year of Business: 1977
      Products: Signal Processors, Crossovers, Equalizers, Spectrum Analyzers, Real Time Analyzers
      HQ: Washington, United States of America
      Website: http://www.alpine-usa.com/
      Did you know? Audio control’s RTA SA 3055-SE is used as the professional measuring tool in many Mobile sound competitions all over the world.

      Audison
      Year of Business: 1979
      Products: Amplifiers, Speakers, Signal Processors, Capacitors, Cables and Wires
      HQ: Potenza Picena, Italy
      Website: www.audison.ea
      Did you know? Audison was born from Latin words Audio and Sonus

      Blaupunkt
      Year of Business: 1923
      Products: Head Units, Amplifiers, Speakers, Sub Woofers
      HQ: Hildesheim, Germany
      Website: www.blaupunkt.com
      Did you know? "Blaupunkt" in German stands for for "blue point" or "blue dot". Apparently their Logo is a Blue Dot

      Boston Acoustics
      Year of Business: 1979
      Products: Head Units, Amplifiers, Speakers, Sub Woofers
      HQ: Massachusetts, United States of America
      Website: www.bostonacoustics.com
      Did you know? In August 2005, D&M Holdings completed their acquisition of Boston Acoustics. BA continues to operate as a D&M subsidiary

      Clarion
      Year of Business: 1940
      Products: Head Units, Amplifiers, Speakers, Sub Woofers, Signal processors, Crossovers and Equalizers
      HQ: Saitama, Japan
      Website: http://www.clarion.com/global/en/top.html

      CD Technologies
      Year of business: NA
      Products: Speakers, Subwoofers, Amplifiers
      HQ: California, United States of America
      Website: http://www.cdtaudio.com/

      Diamond Audio
      Year of Business: 1993
      Products: Speakers, Subwoofers, Amplifiers
      HQ: Arizona, United States of America
      Website: http://www.diamondaudio.com/
      Did you know? Diamond Audio top of line HEX series’ speakers won rave reviews all over, surpassing much better brands.

      Digital Designs
      Year of Business: 1986
      Products: Speakers, Subwoofers, Amplifiers, Crossovers
      HQ: Oklahoma, United States of America
      Website: http://www.ddaudio.com/
      Did you know? Digital Design has won more SPL competitions than any other company

      Dynaudio
      Year of Business: 1977
      Products: Speakers, Subwoofers
      HQ: Skanderborg, Denmark
      Website: http://www.dynaudio.com/us/index.php
      Did you know? Dynaudio top of line Esotar sub woofers are currently the Best in Business

      DLS
      Year of Business: 1979
      Products: Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers, Damping Mats, Capacitors and Signal Plugs
      HQ: Gothenburg, Sweden
      Website: http://www.dls.se/en/car
      Did you know? DLS has won many SQ competition right from EISA, EMMA to ISQC and IASCA

      Eclipse (Sub Brand of Fujitsu Ten Ltd.)
      Year of Business: 1972
      Products: Head Units, Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers, Crossovers, Multimedia & Navigation Systems
      HQ: Tokyo, Japan
      Website: http://www.eclipse-web.com/
      Did you know? Fujitsu to exited from Car Audio Business in early 2010, ultimately dissolving the brand Eclipse. However few HU’s like CD 7200 MK II still are a favorite among audiophiles around the world.

      Focal-JM Lab (Also owns Auditor Sub brand)
      Year of Business: 1979
      Products: Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers
      HQ: Saint-Etienne, France
      Website: www.focal.com
      Did you know? Focal was ranked 5th in US Market share of Car Audio Brands. For a Company that entered US as late as 2002, it was a remarkable achievement. Only Alpine, JL, Kenwood and Pioneer had a better market share, and that isn’t surprising as they have entered couple of decades before Focal entered US.

      Harman Industries (Owns Sub brands; JBL, Infinity and Harman Kardon)
      Year of Business: 1980
      Products: Head Units, Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers and Cables
      HQ: Connecticut, United States of America
      Website: www.harman.com
      www.jbl.com
      http://www.infinitysystems.com/
      http://www.harmankardon.com/Pages/LocaleSelector.aspx
      Did you know? James B. Lansing founded JBL the year after leaving Altec Lansing as their Vice President of Engineering in 1945. The company was first called Lansing Sound, Incorporated, and dated from 1 October 1946 and then changed its name to James B. Lansing Sound. In 1969, JBL was sold to Harman.

      Hertz (Sister Company of Audison)
      Year of Business: 1998
      Products: Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers
      HQ: Potenza Picena, Italy
      Website: www.hertzaudiovideo.com
      Did you know? Audison floated Hertz as a loudspeaker company. Audsion produced Amplifiers and Hertz, Speakers. However in recent times, things changed; now both Audison and Hertz produce Amplifiers and Loudspeakers.

      Hifonics (Sub Brand of Maxxsonics Ltd.)
      Year of Business: 1986
      Products: Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers, Crossovers
      HQ: Chicago, United States of America
      Website: http://www.hifonicsusa.com/
      Did you know? Maxxsonics also owns MB Quart, Crunch and AutoTek Sub Brands

      Image Dynamics
      Year of Business: 1993
      Products: Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers
      HQ: United States of America
      Website: http://www.imagedynamicsusa.net/
      Did you know? In 2011, its founder Eric Stevens, left Image Dynamics – Leaving the company in turmoil (http://www.imagedynamicsusa.com/)

      JL Audio
      Year of Business: 1975
      Products: Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers, Cables and wires
      HQ: Florida, United States of America
      Website: www.jlaudio.com
      Did you know? JL’s top of the line W7 series of Sub woofers has 6 patented technologies. This is by far the largest number of patents available for a single Car Audio Subwoofer.

      JVC Corporation
      Year of Business: 1927
      Products: Head Units, Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers, Multimedia and Navigational Systems
      HQ: Yokohama, Japan
      Website: http://www.jvc.net/index.html
      Did you know? In Oct, 2008 there was a Merger between Kenwood and JVC. As per the agreement, JVC-Kenwood will continue to focus on car and home electronic systems.

      Kenwood
      Year of Business: 1946
      Products: Head Units, Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers, Multimedia and Navigational Systems
      HQ: Tokyo, Japan
      Website: http://www.kenwood.com/
      Did you know? As said under JVC

      Kicker
      Year of Business: 1973
      Products: Amplifiers, Speakers, Subwoofers, Crossovers, Equalizers, Cables and Wires
      HQ: Oklahoma, United States of America
      Website: http://www.kicker.com/
      Did you know? In 2006, Kicker acquired SoundGate, a respected manufacturer of high-end audio interfaces and other OEM integration products. The Crossovers, Equalizers and Integration products from the acquired company were branded and marketed as Kicker.

      McIntosh
      Year of Business: 1949
      Products: Head Units, Pre-Amplifiers, Amplifiers, External DAC and Speakers
      HQ: New York, United States of America
      Website: http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/us/Pages/Home.aspx
      Did you know? The company was purchased by Japanese car audio maker Clarion in 1990. However, In May 2003, McIntosh was sold by Clarion to D&M Holdings, also of Japan.

      Milbert
      Year of Business: 1986
      Products: Tube Amplifiers
      HQ: Florida, United States of America
      Website: http://www.milbert.com/
      Did you know? The company is still producing world class Tube based Guitar Amps that have a very few competitors.

      MTX Audio
      Year of Business: 1979
      Products: Amplifiers, Speakers, Sub woofers
      HQ: Illinois, United States of America
      Website: http://www.mtx.com/
      Did you know? The largest Subwoofer ever created is the MTX Thunder 1000000, a 60” custom made subwoofer was created by Richard Clark and David Navone, sponsored by Concept Designs & MTX Audio. The Thunder 1000000, for obvious reasons, is not available on the consumer market, nor is it a production model.
      The MTX Jackhammer 24 is a 24 inch square subwoofer and one of the largest available on the consumer market.

      Monster
      Year of Business: 1979
      Products: Distribution Blocks, Audio Video Signal Cables, Speaker Wires, power and Grounding Cables
      HQ: California, United States of America
      Website: www.monstercable.com

      Morel
      Year of Business: 1975
      Products: Speakers, Sub woofers, Crossover Networks (Passive)
      HQ: Ness Ziona, Israel
      Website: http://www.morelhifi.com/index.html
      Did you know? Morel’s famed Ultimo Subwoofer won the coveted INCAR Australian award consequently for three years in a row (2007, 2008 and 2009). It also sports a gigantic Voice Coil diameter of 5.1 inch.

      Mosconi
      Year of Business: 2008
      Products: Amplifiers, DSP Embedded Amplifiers, Amp Accessories
      HQ: Fossombrone, Italy
      Website: http://mosconi-system.it/
      Did you know? In late 2009 Mosconi launched it’s famed AS series Amplifiers. In the next season of EISA (2010), the AS 200.4 swept both SQ and SPL category of awards. What more, it also own the 2011 EISA award for best Amplifier.

      Nakamichi
      Year of Business: 1948
      Products: Head Units, Pre Amplifiers, Amplifiers, Speakers, Sub woofers, Processors
      HQ: Tokyo, Japan
      Website: http://www.nakamichi.com/
      Did you know? Nakamichi was one of the first companies to produce automotive CD changers that loaded multiple discs via a single slot rather than a CD cartridge.

      Phoenix Gold (Sub brand of aamp America which also owns Stinger and Sound Quest Brands)
      Year of Business: 1990
      Products: Pre Amplifiers, Amplifiers, Crossovers, Accessories
      HQ: United States of America
      Website: http://www.phoenixgold.com/
      Did you know? The World’s most expensive Amp is from the Phoenix gold stable. The MPH 6300 is an one off hand built amplifier that boasted 75 rms x 6 @ 4 ohms. Other features include 1 ohm stable, 3 band parametric EQ, Inbuilt DSP and a Built in 190 A Alternator!. All this for $99,000 only.

      Pioneer
      Year of Business: 1938
      Products: Head Units, Pre Amplifiers, Amplifiers, Speakers, Sub woofers, Processors, Multimedia and Navigational units
      HQ: Kanagawa, Japan
      Website: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/
      Did you know? True to their name, Pioneer was the first to introduce automotive Compact Disc player, detachable face car stereo and Auto Tuning based Supertuner technology.

      Polk Audio
      Year of Business: 1972
      Products: Amplifiers, Speakers, Sub woofers
      HQ: Maryland, United States of America
      Website: www.PolkAudio.com
      Did you know? Polk Audio ventured late into ICE, It enjoyed moderate success. However in 2006, it was sold to Directed Electronics which also owns Orion Brand (SPL Sub woofer specialists)

      Rockford Fosgate (Also owns Lightening Audio)
      Year of Business: 1980
      Products: OEM Head Units, Amplifiers, Speakers, Sub woofers, Wiring Cables and Accessories
      HQ: Arizona, United States of America
      Website: http://www.rockfordfosgate.com/home/index.asp
      Did you know? In 2008 Rockford Fosgate introduced a new amplifier technology they call hybrid technology or HT. The technology makes it possible for the amplifier to put out more power than it takes in during extended musical transients. The recent BD-CP series which put out constant power even at lower impedances is drawing accolades all around the world.

      Rainbow
      Year of Business: 1984
      Products: Amplifiers, Speakers, Sub woofers
      HQ: Bad Rappenau, Germany
      Website: http://www.rainbow-audio.de/
      Did you know? Like its European Counterparts, Rainbow is not new to winning competitions. It has consistently featured in most of the EISA, EMMA and IASCA competitions in Europe. Their reference line of component speakers and Profi line of Subs have a Huge following all over the world.

      SEAS Audio
      Year of Business: 1948
      Products: Speakers, Sub woofers
      HQ: Moss, Norway
      Website: http://www.seas.no/index.php
      Did you know? SEAS stands for Scandinavian Electro Acoustic Systems. In 1981, the Danish branch of the company managed to break away from SEAS by what the new Norwegian owners regarded as a criminal act. It was named Vifa and became a competitor from day one.



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      Mi10 I was browsing through the brands and thats alot of brands I was wondering whether there are any good Indian brands which are in par with these international ones !
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      Quote Originally Posted by undecover_bro View Post
      I was wondering whether there are any good Indian brands which are in par with these international ones !
      Illusion Audio is an international brand which is manufactured by Peerless Audio, an India based company operated out of Mumbai. Peerless Audio is also a known brand in Home theater speakers.

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      Quote Originally Posted by camchennai View Post
      Illusion Audio is an international brand which is manufactured by Peerless Audio, an India based company operated out of Mumbai. Peerless Audio is also a known brand in Home theater speakers.

      Products - PeerlessAudio.com
      Hello camchennai,

      Just had a look at their website looks really good I am a bit concerned about the pricing of those products I hope they are not more expensive than those international brands also if you could paste a link about their pricing it would be great, by the way have you heard about a brand called Nippon most of the OEM's in India use them, I am not sure if they are an Indian firm !
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      Quote Originally Posted by undecover_bro View Post
      I hope they are not more expensive than those international brands
      They are as expensive as the international brands and what I have heard from few of the users is they are worth the price, Officially these products are not available in India. They mostly sell in US and other countries.

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      by the way have you heard about a brand called Nippon most of the OEM's in India use them,
      I have heard about Nippon and they are one of the importers, however I am not sure whether its an India company or MNC.
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      camchennai If you recall the Hyundai Sonata Gold\S60 which was launched about 10 years back it came with a Nippon sound system and I really loved it. The rear set of speakers were really powerful in terms of Sound Quality, the bass was as good as the bass from a sub and it was crystal clear no distrotion what so ever. When you pump up the volume and open up the trunk you can listen to the bass half a kilometer away I really loved it. All it had was 4 set of speakers and 2 tweeters factory fitted and it was as good as a high-end after market sound system. Do you know any aftermarket systems which will reproduce that same or better sound quality and clarity. If soo please let me know !
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      Most of the OE system are from Nippon.

      MSIL uses Nippon and Kenwood
      Toyota uses Nippon speakers and Panasonic HU
      Ford uses Toshiba HU
      Hyundai uses Nippon speakers and Hyundai HU
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      Umm.. where is Helix and Brax in this list??

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      Quote Originally Posted by undecover_bro View Post
      Hello camchennai,

      Just had a look at their website looks really good I am a bit concerned about the pricing of those products I hope they are not more expensive than those international brands also if you could paste a link about their pricing it would be great,
      AFAIK Illusion & Ground Zero are marketed by Hermit Audio which is based in Mumbai
      here is the price list as on 18/05/2011 just for reference
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      Hermit has also brought new brand called FTS Audio[Designed in Denmark]. seen their comps in a local shop few mnths back
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