Marantz: Marantz born in in 1957. More than any
other person, Saul Marantz defined premium home
entertainment. Driven by his passion for music and his accomplishments as
a classical guitarist – accomplishments that led to a close friendship
with Andres Segovia – he was never satisfied with the “hi fi” equipment of
his day. So he built better; first in his basement, later in a factory.
His talent for industrial design and his ability to infuse talented
engineers like Sidney Smith and others with his vision resulted in
legendary products. The Model 7 preamplifier. The Model 8 and, soon after,
the 8B power amplifier. And insured that his company would remain a
premiere name in the industry he helped establish.
Superscope: In 1964, Superscope Inc. acquired
a small but prestigious hi fi company from Saul Marantz. From this
acquisition Superscope developed and marketed Marantz high-fidelity audio
products, such as stereo amplifiers, receivers, and record players
worldwide. In 1971, Superscope purchased 50 percent of the stock
in Standard Radio Corporation (SRC) of Japan, which had been manufacturing
various Marantz products for Superscope. It was the first time an American
company had ever been allowed to hold a 50 percent stake in a Japanese
public company. In March 1975, SRC changed its name to Marantz Japan.
Superscope continued to produce and assemble Marantz products in its U.S.
plants and other Asian facilities.
In 1980, Superscope sold its shares of Marantz Japan
Inc. to Philips of the Netherlands.
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