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SoundCraftsmen manufactures or has manufactured the following equipment (click to expand models list):

Dynamic Speakers
Electrostatic Speakers
Solid State Amplifiers
Valve Amplifiers

General information [contribute]

An article in Voice Coil Magazine, Issue 10, 2000, p.23-29 (November, 2000): 'Flat panel speakers are not new. Quad, a British speaker company, demonstrated its full-range electrostatic planar speaker in 1954. There have been dozens of successful (at least sonically) electrostatic products over the years, including the legendary KLH 9, Acoustech 10, Janszen, and Pickering models of the 1960s, followed by a rash offerings in the 1970s from Infinity, SAE, Crown, ESS, and Soundcraftmen. Most of this last batch used the RTR mid/high-frequency electrostatic element and a conventional woofer.'

SoundCraftsmen web site (January 4, 2010): Soundcraftsmen was one of America's most respected audio component manufacturers. It was established in Santa Ana, California in 1961 by Ralph Yeomans. At first the company made small tube amplifiers and receivers. In 1968, Paul Rolfes--a brilliant electronics engineer--joined Yeomans. Their first joint project was an equalizer that was introduced in 1971. In the late 1970s, Soundcraftsmen branched out into solidstate amplifiers, pre-amplifiers and other audio equipment. Then the company introduced a masterstroke of audio engineering, the first preamplifier/equalizer and helped to forge Soundcraftsmen's reputation as being on the forefront of audio design engineering. The company's equalizers were recognized as being so good, they started making their way into recording studios.

Soundcraftsmen was a relatively small company, but grew quickly during the 1970s. It had business addresses at 1310 East Wakeman, then 1721 Newport Circle, and finally moved to a large facility at 2200 S. Richey Street in Santa Ana. It remained at that address for nearly two decades. The founders of the company took great pride in the fact that each Soundcraftsmen component was hand assembled and wired, with its stringent quality control to ensure each amplifier, preamplifier, equalizer or other component left the factory with zero defects. Rarely was a Soundcraftsmen component ever returned for warranty work.

Every facet of Soundcraftsmen equipment was performed under one roof. From the design of the printed circuit boards to sheetmetal forming and machining, painting, wiring, assembly and testing. And each component was proudly marked "Made in USA."

Many of Soundcraftsmen's electronic "first" can be credited to the company's brilliant Chief Engineer and Vice President, Paul Rolfes. He is credited with the development of signal-tracking multiple-rail power supplies, fully electronic automatic resetting crowbar circuitry, Phase-Control-Regulation power supplies, and automatic low-impedance power supply selection which became known as Class H circuitry. He held numerous patents as a result of his pioneering work at Soundcraftsmen.

In 1991, Soundcraftsmen was acquired by MTX and the company then became known as MTX Soundcraftsmen, although the components themselves said Soundcraftsmen. The Soundcraftsmen line remained in production until roughly the mid-1990s, whereupon MTX chose to cease production of those components.

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