With summer events ramping up in London, we’ve been getting into all things British lately. BBC is getting a lot of play, and we’ve been eating tons of fish and chips.
That said, it seems like a pretty opportune time to note some of our favorite British manufacturers. The English have a particular knack for making fantastic audio equipment. Whether you’re listening to the Beatles or something else, these brands make great gear.
Bowers & Wilkins: Zeppelin Airplay
Bowers & Wilkins started as a small company assembling speakers by hand for Worthing, West Sussex locals. An elderly patron, Miss Knight, was so impressed by a set of speakers B&W built, she left 10,000 pounds in her will for B&W to use in developing their business. Bowers & Wilkins continue that legacy today with their Zeppelin Air.
This fashionable and universal iPod dock comes with built-in AirPlay. This way, music can be streamed to its five-speaker, five-amplifier system with integrated DAC.
KEF: The KHT3005
In the early 1960s, a 36 year old engineer set out create a speaker company on the Medway River in Kent, in Southeast England. Raymond Cooke’s original headquarters were a prefabricated half cylinder of steel with small windows. He named his company Kent Engineering & Foundry, or KEF.
The company grew in leaps and bounds from there. You don’t have to look any further than the KHT3005 to see the results. This 5.1 channel home theatre system raises both design and performance standards in home audio. The Uni-Q Array immerses the listening experiences and elaborates why KEF gear is something to be excited about.
Cambridge Audio: SR10
Deep in central London comes Cambridge Audio. Founded in 1968, they were known for their range of amplifiers and tuners. They grew from from their reputation of creative innovations and sleek design, and their legacy continues with the Audio Topaz SR10 receiver.
It’s a powerful amplifier that’s been combined with a low flux, oversized transformer to create incredible highs and heart pounding lows for audio reproduction true to its source.
Founded by Richard Edward Lord, REL hails from Wales. At the time of its origin, Lord was dissatisfied with the availability of commercial subwoofers. So, he set out to create his own, better equipment. Soon enough, people from all over were seeking out sub bass systems from the legendary Welshman.
The T9 10” 300W powered subwoofer booms as a perfect example. It offers incredible low extension without losing the ability to offer subtle musical flavor. The T9 creates balanced bass for music, movies, and more, while being driven by a powerful 300W A/B current amplifier.