Archos French manufacturer of digital personal consumer electronics including MP3 hard drive based portable players etc. Homepage:http://www.archos.com. Distributed in Iceland by Hátækni. Archos S.A., 12 rue Ampére, 91430 Igny, France. Tel: +33 1 69 33 1690. Fax: +33 1 69 33 1699..
Arestech Electronic Corp Taiwanese manufacturer of DVD players and LCoS based TV's, primarily an OEM and is a part of the Kolin group, no homepage. Arestech Electronic Corp., 2F, No. 63, Bo Ai Road, Taipei City, Taiwan. Tel: +886 2 2311 7668. Fax: +886 2 2311 7177. E-Mail: blake at vigour.com.tw.
Argos Ltd. Large UK based retailer that was traditionally a mail order house but now has over 800 retail outlets in the UK, Ireland and Spain in addition to a solid Internet presence making the company the country’s largest general retailer. Like so many such the company holds out a number of own brands but what makes it unusual is that it does not use “house brands” as such with the exception of Argos Value that they use for very low budget products and then only on one “value leader” in each category.
Rather the company has bought the brands that have traditionally been the best-selling budget brown goods brands in in their stores starting with Acoustic Solutions that they purchased in 2007, but more notably with the purchase of the Bush and Alba names from Harvard International in 2008. Note that even though the company is active in Spain it is strangely enough primarily targeting British expats rather than the locals. Homepage:http://www.argos.co.uk. -- Argos Ireland homepage -- Argos Spanish homepage -- Spare parts site Argos Limited,489-499 Avebury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, Bucks MK9 2NW, UK. Tel: +44 (0)845 165 7415..
Aristona Dutch company that makes and distributes consumer AV products such as TV's and DVD players, sold audio equipment in the 60's & 70's but mostly rebadged Philips products. Homepage:http://www.aristona.nl.
Armour Group British company that manufactures and sells sundry consumer related AV and hi-fi products, is split into 2 divisions namely Armour Home Electronics and Armour Automotive. AHE was founded in 2003 when the company acquired Veda Products and with them brands like Goldring under which they manufacture pickups and record players and QED and Milty which manufactures cables, interconnects and all kinds of audio accessories, along with hi-fi and AV furniture brands Sound Organisation, Soundstyle and Systemline, in addition the AHE division has more recently started manufacturing home hi-fi and AV loudspeakers under the Q Acoustics brand and iPod docks and radios under the Conran Audio name. Armour Automotive on the other hand sells all kinds of car related electronics ingluding audio and security related equipment. The company also owns Alphason but that company is run independently. Homepage:http://www.armourgroup.uk.com. -- Armour Home Electronics homepage -- Armour Automotive homepage -- Milty Homepage -- Conrad Audio site.
Arnscott Electronics Canadian supplier of sound reinforcement products such as speakers and infrastructure products, the division that sells the PA products is confusingly enough promoted as AEG but please note that it has no connection with the AEG division of DaimlerCrysler. Homepage:http://www.arnscott.com. Arnscott Electronics Group, 128-2465 Cawthra Road, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5A 3P2. Tel: +905 273 9313. Fax: +905 273 9756. E-mail: sales at arnscott.com.
Array Dutch manufacturer of high end amplification and cables, please note homepage is in Dutch only. Company originally founded by Chris van Liempd and Willem van der Brug in 1995 and shipped their first products in 1996, both gents are Philips Medical Systems engineers. Homepage:http://www.arrayaudio.nl. Array B.V., Burgermeester Notermansstraat 36, 5683 MD, Best, Noord-Brabant, Holland. Tel: +31 (0)6 23292517. E-Mail: sales )at( arrayaudio.nl.
ARS Elektroakustik German manufacturer of high end horn loudspeakers. Company originally founded in 1987 by Axel Gersdorff and was for the first few years focused towards audio products for recording studios. Distribution: In Bulgaria by Top Audio Video Design, in Poland by F.H.U. RCM and in Russia by Hi-End Centre Homepage:http://www.odeon-audio.com . ARS elektroakustik, An der Ziegelei 16, 45721 Haltern am See, Germany. Tel: +49 (0)23 64 50 63 77. Fax: +49 (0)23 64 50 63 78. E-Mail: ars-elektroakustik /at. t-online.de
Art Audio A manufacturer of high end valve based audio and cables located in the UK, note that their USA page is better updated than their original homepage. Distribution: In Singapore by Audio Note Singapore Homepage:http://www.artaudio.co.uk -- Art Audio USA homepage. Art Audio UK LTD, 62 Vaughan Avenue, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 8BT, UK Tel: +44 (0)1159 637 795. Fax: +44 (0)1158 403 818. Art Audio USA, 75 Western Industrial Drive, Unit A, Cranston, R.I. 02921, USA. Tel: +1 401 826 8286. E-Mail: artaudio1 _at_ cox.net
Artcoustic Danish company that makes thin loudspeakers designed to become unnoticeable. These are not wave bending or electrostatic speakers nor are they architectural but rather unusually thin dynamic loudspeakers that are supplied with a wide variety of fabrics that blend into the surroundings or printed fabrics that make them look like artwork. The company also makes one model of a studio monitor that is specifically designed to operate in small spaces. Distribution: In Bulgaria by Top Audio Video Design Homepage:http://www.artcoustic.com . Artcoustic, Holmens Kanal 7, 1060 Copenhagen K, Denmark, Tel: +45 32 83 60 60. Fax: +45 32 83 60 64. E-Mail: plj &at[ artcoustic.dk
Art Vinyl UK based company that manufactures display frames for LP record covers, more of a fashion item than hifi but included here since a number of audio distributors actually carry the brand. Distribution: In the Benelux countries by HiFI Matters Homepage:http://www.artvinyl.com . Art Vinyl Ltd., Unit 10, 13 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH, England. Tel: + 44 (0) 20 72414129.