Britian's most famous louspeakers
Wharfedale is one of the earliest pioneers of high fidelity audio reproduction. Founded by Gilbert Briggs in 1932, Briggs won first prize in a competition with the first drive unit he ever made – the ‘Bronze’ model, and from then on built a strong reputation for pioneering within what is now firmly established as the ‘Hi-Fi’ industry.
In the 1950’s Gilbert Briggs embarked on an ambitious collaboration with a close friend and colleague, Quad’s ‘Peter Walker’. With Quad supplying the amplification and Wharfedale building the loudspeaker systems, they introduced what was to become an industry-defining series of concerts wherein audiences were invited to experience live versus recorded music first hand. Touring the UK and the USA and playing at venues as auspicious as the Royal Festival Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York, Gilbert Briggs introduced listeners to the delights of quality hi-fi and stereo sound.
Home audio for the connoisseur
Audiolab was founded in 1983 by audio enthusiasts Philip Swift and Derek Scotland.
The success of their very first product, 8000A Integrated Amplifier was followed by landmark products that built Audiolab’s enviable reputation for quality – the 8000S, a remote-controlled amplifier which was both flexible and purist; the 8000T, which was one of the best FM Tuners ever made; the 8000PPA, a phono preamp for serious LP collectors, and the 8000M, which was one of the best monobloc power amps in the market during that time.
The closest approach to the original sound
Since Peter Walker founded the Acoustical Manufacturing Co. in 1936, all Quad products have displayed originality in design, born from a full and proper understanding of every aspect of sound reproduction. A world leader in audio amplifier and electrostatic speaker design, Quad has, over the years, made a major contribution to the improvement of sound quality.
Speakers for connoisseurs
Castle Acoustics was established in 1973 by six senior engineers who had worked for one of the world’s oldest and most respected hi-fi brands, Wharfedale. Their vision was to create a brand that is at one with acoustic performance, design and engineering – a breed of products with perfect balance in form and function.
Music is the Master, Technology is the Slave
Mission Electronics was founded in 1977 by Farad Azima and was immediately recognised as one of the leaders in the development of acoustic engineering through its application of new technologies to create some of the most rewarding loudspeakers in every market sector.
The return of a Legend
H. J. Leak & Co. Ltd. was formed in London in the year 1934 by Harold LEAK. LEAK made its major breakthrough with the commercial introduction of the “Type 15” audio power amplifier. This particular model set the standard of performance adopted in all LEAK amplifiers and initiated the “Point One” range – the first amplifiers to reduce all distortion to below 0.1% at rated output, in 1945.
Safe in the knowledge that it's worth has already been proved
The name EKCO was derived from its founder’s name – Eric Kirkham Cole. In the 1920s, EKCO began hand-making valve radios which were well-known for their stunning Bakelite cabinets, modelled by some of the major Art Deco designers of the 1930s and for their Noise Suppressor Control feature which limited the static noise received from weak signal transmissions.
Your ears deserve it!
Founded upon a legacy of class-leading audio product design, engineering and manufacturing, 8AUDIO is brought to you by the International Audio Group (IAG), owners of a plethora of world-famous audio brands.
Wharfedale Pro is a specialist division that designs and manufactures pro and commercial audio equipment, from portable and touring sound reinforcement to fixed installation systems. Functioning as a separate entity within the IAG group, Wharfedale Pro concentrates solely on the professional audio market, offering a complete product range that caters for every stage of the signal path from microphone to loudspeaker.
There are only a few names in the audio industry that can claim the same pioneering achievements of QUAD. From humble beginnings in the 1940’s English countryside to its legendary status today, the QUAD reputation was built on innovation and accurate sound.
Established in 1977 in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, Mission audio products have built a reputation as being the perfect balance between advanced technology and exquisite craftsmanship.
Founded in 1983, F.A.L. has a long-established and prominent role in the lighting industry. Over 20 years of experience in entertainment, theatre, stage and architectural lighting has given F.A.L. a rock-solid reputation for high performance, high quality and affordability to the lighting market.
COEF – world-renowned for reliability, high quality and the innovative application of high technology has been a part of the IAG Group since 2005. Combining the strengths of manufacturing expertise, strategic positioning and the values that make COEF a reference point in the world of lighting has allowed us to embark on an ambitious new product development schedule, and to continue our commitment to first-class customer service and technical support.