What is the best name you've ever seen for an audio company and why?

What is the best name you've ever seen for an audio company and why?
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74% (72 votes)
Can't think of one
26% (25 votes)
Total votes: 97

Reader Jeff Nobe is wondering what our readers consider the best name ever used for an audio company and why?

Leon, Rancho Mirage California's picture


D's picture

I'm biased but I always liked "Well-Tempered Labs." On the other hand, "Mordaunt-Short" doesn't sound good for audio (like morbid but with a short circuit). I can think of a hundred whose name was okay, but the logo or name plates blew!

Axel Wahl's picture

Levinson's transistor symbol.

djl's picture

I always liked Audio Alchemy. Their products were true to their name! As if doing some sort of magic or unprecedented scientific processing to the music! If you ever had the chance to hear one of their units, you know what I mean! (I've got two of 'em!) I thought their name was very appropriate!

Tonko Papic - CHILE's picture

Quad, Huntingdon, England. (Sounds very serious?) And their speakers are the best.

MikeP's picture


Nodaker's picture

NHT: now hear this. Either that or the GFA designation of Adcom amps.

Max L's picture

G.A.S. and of course, their Ampzilla. Why? The names are inspired irreverence.

Mike L's picture

Acoustic Research

JL's picture

Von Gaylord Audio. Oh wait, best? Nevermind...

Morbius's picture

Krell, because it was named after the advanced civilization from one of my favorite sci-fi movies, Forbidden Planet..

Jim M's picture

Great American Sound, It just said it all.

Ken's picture

Godzilla by GAS.

Andrew Edmonds's picture

Krell. It just sounds modern, fancy, and manly—like its amps.

Fred Nebbish's picture

Here's the name of my never-opened hi-fi store: Sounds Plausible.

Bruce Platt's picture

Krell: from the classic sci-fi movie.

Eric Shook -- Raleigh NC's picture

Bose, because the warning lies within the name to Buy Other Stereo Equipment.

Tero's picture

Hifiguru. Enough said :)

BottleHead's picture

Bottlehead: What could be a better name for a DIY tube amp company?

Dismord's picture

Pink Triangle—because I'm a fairy ( fag in the US) myself and admire the bravery of a high-end manufacturer coming out of the closet and using such a symbol as its brand name.

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Markus's picture

Monitor Audio. It's simple and you can imagine what the company stands for/produces.

David L.  Wyatt jr.'s picture

It's all in a name, in this case the designer who puts his personal stamp on the sound we love.

David Hickman's picture

Vendetta Research for sure. Blowtorch preamp. BBQ Amp.

Bob Gould's picture

Greetings, I'd cast my vote for Meadowlark speakers. A meadowlark is a songbird and these speakers did indeed sing sweetly.

Cihangir Güzey's picture

TECHNICS The name tells by itself. Always released revolutionary products at very reasonable prices (I still remember the days I purchased components one-by-one and built my first Hi-Fi in years when I was student). Previously I was begging the damn thing to stop running (as a reason for buying new components). Now I just watch my daughter playing with my first Hi-Fi 365 days/year (which never failed by the way). I still use a DVD-A10 as main digital source in my listening room. Not so many reliable&cheap products exist in this world. It is a pitty that no more Hi-Fi components are released by this brand name.

Oliver's picture

ReVox The name just tells you what the equipment does. Simple, without esoteric bla bla.

Frederik's picture

Mark Levinson. Sounds so exclusive.

EP's picture

I like a company that puts the owners'/founders' name on the faceplate. I feel that with their name on it, they are putting themselves out there, so it ought to be a good product and one that they will stand behind. I always liked Conrad-Johnson. I think the two surnames names in lower case are a testament to their humbleness, as well.

Mike Agee's picture

Lavardin: French cachet (but not so French as to be unpronounceable by the rest of us), venerable and a bit mysterious by being named for a small town and ancient castle, and somehow building upon the ethos of their refined looking and sounding products. The anti-corporateness of Harbeth and Spendor are nice too, as are most of the many that reference the names of the principals or of those who inspired them.