Audio Research is one of the oldest continually operating manufacturers in American audio.
Audio Research was founded by William Z. Johnson, who began designing custom audio electronics in the early 1950′s and who also operated a specialty audio retail store until the mid-1960′s. Johnson’s efforts almost single-handedly revived vacuum-tube designs at a time when major industry manufacturers had abandoned this technology in favor of low-cost solid-state devices which were markedly inferior in terms of musical accuracy, a fact widely acknowledged today.
Audio Research prides itself on manufacturing only those products which will provide genuine enjoyment for as long as the customer cares to own them. In company practice, this means that Audio Research technicians can still repair, refurbish and restore to original performance standards virtually any product ever manufactured during the company’s 40-year history.