Alba See --> Harvard International (1982 to 2008)
Albert Ebner & Co. (AECO)
Aleša Vaic Vacuum Technology (AVVT)
The prototyping nature of the equipment that the plant had was both a blessing and curse, it meant that the company could not really compete with other makers in producing common valves but on the other hand they could easily manufacture specialised tubes and small production runs, and the use of handmade glass meant that the company could supply replacements for Telefunken valves but these were made using a much higher vacuum than other valves, it also meant that the valves could be a bit more fragile and prone to shipping damage than the mass produced ones. The first products from the company were indeed specialised valves including models that had not been manufactured since the 1920's such as copies of the Marconi I intended to service the radio hobby market and other obscure market sectors and were marked V. V..
In 1992 Mr. Vaic met the late Riccardo Kron in Germany where the former was selling his own products and NOS East European valves at a radio swap meet to local enthusiasts, Mr. Kron was an Italian businessman with connections in the USA and Switzerland and came up with the idea of manufacturing an improved version of the 300B power triode to sell to the audiophile market, initially Mr. Vaic was interested but simply lacked the finance for such an undertaking since the 300B is difficult to build and an improved hand built version would be even more complex. In 1993 Mr. Kron made a deal with Mr. Vaic and with partially his own money but mainly with funding from an unknown Switzerland based group agreed to finance the design and building of the 300B against a security in the company’s tooling.
The valve was designed by Mr. Vaic and his team, and by 1994 was ready for serial production, the V.V. version of the 300B was called Vaic VV30B and was definitely better than anything else 300B related on the market and could yield more power but it was also much more complex and thus more expensive, with a normal 300B already expensive to begin with. Mr. Krons founded a company called KR Enterprise S.R.O. with financing from Switzerland to sell the valves but the marketing efforts of KR in the USA and southern Europe came to very little in the first year, so to control cost in the face of quickly rising wages and rent cost in the mid 90’s Prague Mr. Vaic decided to move the factory to Rožnov pod RadhoŠtěm where cheaper housing and wages made the small specialist radio valve supplier a more viable proposition, most of the tooling went with the company but a few of the machine’s ended up with the former purchase manager of the company called Anton Schönfeld in what appears to be in lieu of a layoff payment, but alongside Mr. Schönfeld most of the other staff understandingly enough declined to move to RadhoŠtěm, which is on the border with Slovakia or as far as you can get away from Praha and still be in the Czech republic..
Alesis See --> Alesis Corp.
Alex. Eymann Apparatebau
All Channel Products
Allgemeine Elektrizitaets-Gesellschaft (AEG)
In 1903 the company founded Telefunken in association with Siemens but both companies had a number of communication related patents and licensed a number of others as well, but these were so extensive that it was thought that it would be difficult for either company to develop radio related technologies without extensive cross licensing, and in the end it would be easier to form a new company that pooled all patents from both companies. Telefunken was an big success and as far as technology goes probably made more contribution to advances is sound, video and communications than any other during the 20th century, however the original founding contract of Telefunken stipulated that neither Siemens nor AEG could introduce communications equipment of any sort (that included radio and audio products) and all development inside the companies had thus to be handed over to Telefunken for further dev. or manufacture. This did through the years cause some friction in both companies, but particularly in Siemens which had an continuing interest in entering the radio market especially in the boom years of the 1930's, so in 1941 AEG bought Siemens shares in Telefunken.
Telefunken was run as a separate company fur a number of years afterwards, although it was eventually changed into a division of AEG and finally incorporated in the 1980's. This causes some historians problems, there is a tendency to attribute inventions and products to AEG that were originally either Telefunken products or even Siemens technologies, but in reality it is not possible to refer to Telefunken products as AEG until the early 50's at the earliest. AEG hit financial problems in the late 70's and was bought off by Daimler Benz in 1982 and they closed off most of the AV production and research divisions. More recently Daimler has been selling off some of the older AEG divisions and with them the rights to the name, the white goods division has been sold to Electrolux, the Belgian division has been taken over by its management team and is now known as AEG Belgium etc..
Alón See --> Acarian Systems
Alpha Digital Technologies See --> Tara Labs
Alpha Ecology Solutions K. K.
Their best known system however was the somewhat unusual “Soloist Classical”, but that is a free standing mid-filed monitor that in addition to being intended as a monitor garnered quite a bit of interest from the Japanese hi-fi community. The name may have been an indicator of its intended usage since traditionally mid and far-filed monitors for recording studios are not free standing but intended to be built into the walls of the studio or suspended, the exception for this being monitors specifically intended for classical recording applications from companies such as Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) and Waveform Acoustics or intended for mastering monitoring. The design was a somewhat unusual 3 way, 5 driver system whose midrange was both a bass reflex system AND a back loaded horn.
In addition to the loudspeakers the company made digital amplifiers but we have not been able to find any real information on them.
Altis Audio Ltd.
It was always made clear on the Alto Mobile promotional materials that the brand and its products where owned and made by Seikaku in Taiwan and China and initially the pro range displayed Seikaku as the contact detail with design having been performed in Italy, the Netherlands, the UK, USA, and Taiwan. By 2005 the car audio products from the company had been discontinued and the professional division branded itself as just “Alto”, however all references to Seikaku and Taiwan had been removed from the website and promotional materials and the company was presented as an Italian company with production facilities in China and Gian Piero Staffa put forward as founder and president. All development and DSP coding was also said to have happened in Italy, that was even though some Alto products had been sold under the Show brand before the founding of the Alto brand and the only DSP products we could find originating in Italy were amplifier modules actually bought from Powersoft. By 2007 Mr. Staffa had left to work for Behringer and while Alto products kept on being sold there was seriously diminished marketing effort present from then onwards and in the end Seikaku sold the Alto brand to Numark in January 2011.