McIntosh is now owned by Fine Sounds. It was previously owned by D+M Group, which owns Denon, Marantz and Boston Acoustics.
Fine Sounds also owns Sonus Faber, Audio Research, WADIA, and Sumiko [OK. The description of what these companies do, as stated in the article, is kind of bizarre, but you get the idea].
Fine Sounds is owned by Quadrivio, an investment management firm based in Milan. Fine Sounds was formed 4 years ago with the purchase of Sonus Faber.
[And not in the article…]
Sumiko owns REL, bought Feb. 2006
There was a recent article on this topic at Home Theater Review.
I know, not exactly a haven for audiophiles but I think the article represents the views of a lot of people on the periphery of the industry.
First, there are some weird perspectives presented in the referenced article:
1. The article centers around the successful marketing of some reportedly lo-fiedlity headphones by a company with more marketing clout than all of the high-end audio universe put together (Monster Cable). This is not relevant to our industry. We are HIGH fidelity
But they ARE [almost] everything for some people, and I thought it might be fun to think about what categories high-end audio components might visually fall into and how we might assign these categories to various popular components.
I think some components are obviously Impressive Looking. Big amps like the 350 lb Boulder amps, or the big tube amps like ARC and VTL. The Wilson Alexandrias most might agree are Impressive Looking speakers and the 70+ lb Esoteric top-o-da-line digital might be as well.