Canadian manufacturer, makes multi-room and installation audio and home theatre products under the Knoll Systems brand and hearing aids and hearing assistance products under the T-Kast name. Distribution: In Italy by ProAudio Italia (Knoll only) Homepage:http://www.t-kast.com -- Knoll Systems homepage. Pacific Sound & Signal Inc., 14-7163 Vantage Way, Delta, BC V4G 1N1, Canada. Knoll Systems, 145 Tyee Drive, Point Roberts, WA 98281, USA. Tel: +1 604 940 1689 (Int.) or 1 800 566 5579 (Toll free, USA and Canada only). Fax: +1 855734.3363.E-Mail: info &at& knollsystems.com
Paia Electronics Tiny USA based manufacturer of electronic kits that has been operating out of Ohio since 1967 or thereabouts, mostly supplies products for musicians but the odd hi-fi related products turn up in their catalogue from time to time. This company has an enormous amount of goodwill over here and comes highly recommended. Homepage:http://www.paia.com.
Panamorph USA based company that manufactures home theatre projector accesories such as anamorphic lenses and fastening equipment. Distribution: In Singapore by Sound Decisions Homepage:http://www.panamorph.com . Panamorph, 1755 Telstar Drive, Suite 103, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, USA. Tel: +1 719 266 2680.
Panascheme USA based maker of hi-fi and AV furniture, mostly for pro and semi pro usage but some home units as well, also make loudspeaker enclosures. Homepage:http://www.panascheme.com.
Gigantic Japanese consumer and industrial products conglomerate that manufactures audio, video and computer products in addition to white goods and electronic and industrial parts, primarily trades under the Panasonic name except in China where they also use the Matsushita and Rasonic brands and for turntables and headphones in the west where the Technics brand still sees some use but has for the most part been phased out.
The company has in the recent past also used the RAMSA, National, Quasar and NAiS brands but discontinued or started phasing out their use in 2008 and was also until about 2005 a big player in the pro-audio and semi-pro audio markets but has for the most part exited those with the exception of the installation markets even though a few products remain in the line-up. Panasonic still has a minor presence in the pro-video market but has also largely withdrawn from that as well, but the company was from the 50ís and into the 90ís one of the main developers of video tape technologies and held more patents in the field than any other company. Panasonic exited the musical instrument market altogether in the early 2000's.
Panasonic was founded in 1918 as Matsushita Electric Housewares Manufacturing Works by husband and wife team of Mumeno & Konosuke Matsushita in addition to Mumenoís brother Toshio Iue, but the latter later left to found Sanyo after WWII when Matsushita was refused permission by the occupying forces to restart electric or electronics production. The company started to use the National brand in 1926 and the name was changed to Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. in 1935 but that name was used until the first of October 2008 when the company changed its name to Panasonic. That name was originally meant to be used only on hi-fi and radio products in the USA but the company was using National everywhere else in the world. Although no-one actually owned the brand in the USA there were already at the least 2 hi-fi and radio manufacturers trading under the name and others that used it as a part of their brand name and Matsushita registered the Panasonic name in those 2 sectors in the USA only in 1955, but name was a hastily assembled combination of the Latin words pan (all or global) and sonic (sound). Although the company later gained full control of the National brand it was relegated to white goods and batteries in North America and later in the rest of the west as well but remained the main brand in Japan and Asia until 2008.
In the early 60ís the company wanted to enter the burgeoning hi-fi and professional audio markets, not the least in its home country where both sectors were booming but the management felt that the current brands the company used were associated too closely with portable radios and electrical appliances and thus not appropriate. So in 1965 the company introduced a line of mid and high end loudspeakers in Japan under a new brand called Technics and for the next 40 years that remained the premium brand of the company with National and Panasonic being used on consumer audio products.
Panasonic has factories on every continent bar Antarctica and in addition to its own operations the company has a large number of co-operative ventures especially in the parts and industrial sectors. It was amongst other things the first foreign electronics company to set up shop in China at the behest of Deng Xiaoping in 1987, the company was thus for years the best known foreign company in China which is the reason the Matsushita name is still used over there, although primarily for industrial products rather than consumer equipment. Also has owned the JVC company all the way since 1954 but that company is operated completely independently, and took over Sanyo in 2009.
Panor Corp. USA based company that sell AV products under the Dynaco trademark, mostly rebadged Asian audio and home theatre equipment. Company formerly known as the Pan Orient Corporation. Homepage:http://www.dynaco.com.
Parasound USA based maker of hi-fi electronics and in wall or "architectural" speakers in addition to manufacturing high end amplification under the Halo brand. Homepage:http://www.parasound.com. Distributed in Cyprus by P. Nikitas, in Danmark by Tekni-Fi, in Italy by Hi-Fi United, in Poland by Rhythmica, in Singapore by X Audio and in Sweden by Ljudtema. Parasound Products Inc., 950 Battery Street, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA. Tel : +415 397 7100. Fax : +415 397 0144..
Parrot French manufacturer of high tech consumer audio and other CE products including wireless/ipod dock omnidirectional speakers, wireless car audio products and so on, the company is also a provider of OEM and ODM solutions to a large number of car manufacturers. Distribution: In Australia by Maxmedia, in Greece by Acoustic Design, in Poland by Horn Distribution and in Scandinavia by Audionord AB Homepage:http://www.parrot.com . Parrot 174, Quai de Jemmapes, Paris 75010, France
Partington & Company UK based manufacturer of loudspeaker stands and other hi-fi furniture. Homepage:http://www.partingtonandco.co.uk. Partington & Company, Orchard farm, Fawkham Road, Longfield DA37QP Kent, U.K. Tel : +(0)1474 709299. E-Mail : support at partingtonandco.co.uk.
Patos Norwegian loudspeaker manufacturer with quite a large line-up of home audio/AV speakers but almost completely unknown outside of its homeland. Note that their homepage was only available in Norwegian when this was written. Homepage:http://www.patos.no.