Originally Posted by Chuck V
The problem as far as I know, is that the new MK Sound did not actually buy all of the technical stuff from the old M&K.
They bought the brand name and there has been a lot of "back engineering" to get the "old" models, such as the 150-series up and running.
Chuck, I don't mean any disrespect to you at all because I am sure this is what you have been told. However, if M&K is saying this, I think they are full of it. Let's break this down...
1) The current owners already were producing and distributing most of the models available (with the exception of the 150 series and a few others as you mentioned) prior to the demise of M&K so they obviously don't have to reverse engineer those. Why are those models not available worldwide at the very least? There is no M&K presence in the U.S. at all. They could easily sell the 750 series and anything else they were already producing in the U.S. but they are not. Why?
2) As we know, the technical information you mentioned was up for auction the same day the new owners bought the name. Even though this information sold relatively cheaply, they did not bid on it. Why? I can only assume they were: a) Ignorant and didn't realize how important it was. b) Knew how important it was but didn't have any more money. c) Dismissed the importance of it and figured it would be cheaper to reverse engineer the designs. I don't know for sure but am guessing either (b) or (c). If the answer is (b), then they are REALLY hurting for cash and they have no business trying to start this company back up in the first place. As I mentioned, this information sold for very little money all things considered. My guess is the real reason is (c) which is probably mostly true - see below.
3) Anyone who has been following this thread knows exactly who bought the technical information and the new M&K knows it too. If they decided this information was really that important, why didn't they purchase it from them? Are they low on cash? Are they just stubborn? Or do they still think they don't need it. Your guess is as good as mine here.
4) Reverse engineering passive (non-powered) speakers like the S-150 is not really a big deal as long as you can get drivers. There really isn't much to a speaker. You have a cabinet, a network/crossover, the drivers, a wire harness and some Dacron/fiberglass. They were already making the cabinets for many models so all they have to do is measure an existing cabinet and make those. That can't be the hold-up. The crossover should be a piece of cake. Simply put the same components (capacitors, resistors and inductors) in the same configuration on a board. Again, they are already doing this for other models so what is the big deal? The drivers were mostly made by Tymphany/Peerless and I assume they still have a relationship with them so they don't have to reverse engineer drivers (which would be the hardest part but still shouldn't take this long). If they can't come up with a wire harness and some Dacron, they are really in trouble. Where they MAY have run into real trouble is on active/powered speakers. Can they still get those amps? If not, can they reverse engineer those? That is doable but much more involved than what we are talking about with passive speakers. Can they use different amps from another manufacturer and how will those integrate with the existing components? What is involved in getting custom amps made? These are more complicated questions and they may have hit a snag resulting in delays there.
5) If they really are having trouble reverse engineering these speakers, why are they letting people like Thomas order them? This would be completely dishonest in my opinion. Thomas, did they already take your money or are you just on a waiting list?
So in summary, It has been over a year since M&K went under. It has been nearly a year since the new M&K bought the name. I can't see why they can't be producing and selling almost every model of speaker by now unless they have financial or operational problems of some unknown type. Either way, they'd better figure it out quick or they will find they won't have a market to come back to.
Just my 2 cents.