What are the extant internet direct / high price to performance speaker companies? - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 18 Old 02-28-2011, 08:06 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
Gavinfoxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Hello there! It seems that with the recession, a few of the internet-direct speaker companies kicked the bucket. In general, what are the remaining internet-direct speaker (and other audio companies) that still exist, that still have a reputation for doing well with the price/performance ratio thing?

Thanks!
Gavinfoxx is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 Old 02-28-2011, 11:12 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
afrogt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 23,357
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 271 Post(s)
Liked: 413
I dont know any that kicked the bucket except AV123 and that wasn't because of the economy. I'm sure there are some though. There's a huge list of internet direct speaker companies. Just off the top of my head.

Ascend Acoustics
Axiom Audio
Aperion Audio
Home Theater Direct (HTD)
Emotiva
Elemental Designs
Emptek
Fluance
Orb Audio
SVS
Swan
HSU Research
Epik (subs)
Lava (subs)
NHT has become internet direct

I'm sure there are lots more, especially high end speakers that I've never researched.

Afro GT
afrogt is online now  
post #3 of 18 Old 02-28-2011, 11:30 PM
Senior Member
 
crabra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 418
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 12
Seaton Sound
JTR
Danley
CHT
Rythmik
Funky Waves
AE Speakers (Kits)

And probably more
crabra is offline  
post #4 of 18 Old 03-01-2011, 09:15 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
Gavinfoxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
It wasn't because of the economy? It sounds like I missed something big, hmm. Can I have a link where I can read up about what happened?

Also, of these that you all isted, are there any current standouts that are really taking the cake for price to performance ratio? And are any of these companies focusing on more than just speakers and subwoofers?
Gavinfoxx is offline  
post #5 of 18 Old 03-01-2011, 09:22 AM
AVS Special Member
 
bladerunner6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1,455
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Liked: 55
monoprice?
bladerunner6 is offline  
post #6 of 18 Old 03-01-2011, 09:32 AM
AVS Special Member
 
shadyJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 7,028
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 395 Post(s)
Liked: 606
The Speaker Company didn't survive the recession. Too bad, they had some nice looking products for terrific prices.
shadyJ is online now  
post #7 of 18 Old 03-01-2011, 09:35 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
afrogt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 23,357
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 271 Post(s)
Liked: 413
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gavinfoxx View Post

It wasn't because of the economy? It sounds like I missed something big, hmm. Can I have a link where I can read up about what happened?

http://www.audioholics.com/news/indu...ted-grand-jury


http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=mark+schifter

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=mark+schifter

Afro GT
afrogt is online now  
post #8 of 18 Old 03-01-2011, 09:38 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
afrogt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 23,357
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 271 Post(s)
Liked: 413
Quote:
Originally Posted by shadyJ View Post

The Speaker Company didn't survive the recession. Too bad, they had some nice looking products for terrific prices.

Speaker Company depleted stock didn't they? They were owned by Denon/Marantz so it wasn't like they were a struggling company with no financial backing.

Afro GT
afrogt is online now  
post #9 of 18 Old 03-01-2011, 05:04 PM
AVS Special Member
 
shadyJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 7,028
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 395 Post(s)
Liked: 606
Quote:
Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

Speaker Company depleted stock didn't they? They were owned by Denon/Marantz so it wasn't like they were a struggling company with no financial backing.

Perhaps you are right. I assumed they just didn't turn the profits they needed to. I knew they were owned by Denon/Marantz, but that doesn't mean they will be saved when they are struggling. In fact, many times it can mean quite the opposite.
shadyJ is online now  
post #10 of 18 Old 03-02-2011, 07:50 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Wrager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Acworth, GA
Posts: 1,284
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by crabra View Post

Seaton Sound
JTR
Danley
CHT
Rythmik
Funky Waves
AE Speakers (Kits)

And probably more

Unfortunately, Danley is not an ID company (except for the very limited DTS-10 offering). They only sell through a dealer network. I live within driving distance and can't buy direct.
Wrager is offline  
post #11 of 18 Old 03-02-2011, 08:11 AM
Senior Member
 
HOTDIGITY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: SouthWest of Cleveland, OH
Posts: 472
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 17
Let's not forget.....

Outlaw Audio

They were among the first to get into the internet-direct business.
HOTDIGITY is offline  
post #12 of 18 Old 03-23-2012, 11:55 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Veda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Earth
Posts: 2,338
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 69 Post(s)
Liked: 43
Veda is offline  
post #13 of 18 Old 03-25-2012, 06:53 AM
PAD
AVS Special Member
 
PAD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,036
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
Salk

Quote:
Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

I dont know any that kicked the bucket except AV123 and that wasn't because of the economy. I'm sure there are some though. There's a huge list of internet direct speaker companies. Just off the top of my head.

Ascend Acoustics
Axiom Audio
Aperion Audio
Home Theater Direct (HTD)
Emotiva
Elemental Designs
Emptek
Fluance
Orb Audio
SVS
Swan
HSU Research
Epik (subs)
Lava (subs)
NHT has become internet direct

I'm sure there are lots more, especially high end speakers that I've never researched.

PAD is offline  
post #14 of 18 Old 03-25-2012, 07:54 AM
AVS Special Member
 
smasher50's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: right behind you
Posts: 2,459
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 100 Post(s)
Liked: 2008
heres a few more to browse

zu audio
decware audio
tekton designs

i'm so laid back,i'm laid out
smasher50 is online now  
post #15 of 18 Old 03-25-2012, 08:56 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Veda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Earth
Posts: 2,338
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 69 Post(s)
Liked: 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by smasher50 View Post

heres a few more to browse
zu audio

Zu Audio is certainly a most interesting one. Very efficient beautiful speakers with ribbon tweeters. Super efficient with no crossover on the midrange woofer. 98% made in US so their pricing is quite high. In fact their cheapest bookshelves is just slightly less than a Sierra Tower or Philharmonics 1. Truly a luxury ID brand, looks good on paper, but where are the graphs and measurements?
Veda is offline  
post #16 of 18 Old 03-25-2012, 09:37 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Nethawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 2,513
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 115
Salk should be on this list.

Nethawk is offline  
post #17 of 18 Old 03-26-2012, 07:28 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Glashub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: LA, CA - 818
Posts: 1,822
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Liked: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by Veda View Post

Zu Audio is certainly a most interesting one. Very efficient beautiful speakers with ribbon tweeters. Super efficient with no crossover on the midrange woofer. 98% made in US so their pricing is quite high. In fact their cheapest bookshelves is just slightly less than a Sierra Tower or Philharmonics 1. Truly a luxury ID brand, looks good on paper, but where are the graphs and measurements?

Is this what you're looking for? http://www.zuaudio.com/docs/OmenDef1-A_Specs.pdf

Thta's for something called the Omen Def speaker
Glashub is offline  
post #18 of 18 Old 03-26-2012, 08:01 AM
AVS Special Member
 
gtpsuper24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,082
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 92
Arx is small ID direct company
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/manuf...s.php?mPath=13

Probably one of the cheapest speakers that use neo planar tweeters and XBL2/Splitgap drivers.
gtpsuper24 is offline  
Reply Speakers

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off