At 3mA Audio, we take pride in offering a multitude of brands, all of which design and manufacture Hi-Fi audio equipment. Each piece we carry helps provide a fully-immersive audio experience for your Houston home-theater. From Bowers & Wilkins to Vitus Audio, Sutherland, YG Acoustics, and more, you are sure to find a brand that suits your preferences. We thoughtfully curate the brands we offer, picking them based on the value and quality that their pieces provide for audiophiles just like ourselves.
Browse our hi-fi audio brand collection to learn more about why we carry these brands and what you can experience when you shop for them.
Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) was founded in the 1960's by John Bowers and Roy Wilkins. The brand originated as a small shop specializing in radios and electronics until the 1970’s, when disco and rock became popular. They took advantage of this new market and launched their renowned 801 speaker, which was highly sought after by the world’s leading recording studios. During the next 30 years, Bowers & Wilkins designed sleek, powerful speakers that created beautifully immersive home-theater experiences. During the Digital Age, which took place in the 2000’s, the pair developed their best technology yet, featuring their signature diamond tweets that offer superior quality and dynamic range. Today, audiophiles all over the world agree they are a top brand for innovative and sleek hi-fi speakers and subwoofers that offer a sound like no other in home theaters and in Jaguar’s luxury cars.
YG Acoustics was established in 2002 and stems not only from a genuine love for music, but also from a love of technology. Yoav Geva grew up in a household with a passion for music in which he was surrounded by hi-fi audio equipment. He, too, developed a passion for music and hi-fi equipment and knew he wanted to create speakers that were even better and all the more special. To achieve this, he looked to software. Geva took it upon himself to design his own software that would create a flawless blend of amplitude response and phase. His software became the very first to provide the perfect calculation of frequency response and phase so he could develop the ideal audio speaker. Today he continues to develop state-of-the-art software technologies that enable speakers to create a truly immersive, 360 sound experience for audiophiles all around.
MartinLogan was thought of in the late 70’s when Gayle Martin Sanders and Ron Logan Sutherland met and discovered a love for music and electrostatic loudspeakers. Although neither had a background in audio equipment, they took on the challenge to develop electrostatics that would surpass the very few on the market in terms of sound levels and bass extension. They gathered a research team and started experimenting with an electrostatic transducer that Sanders contemplated upon for years. After several disastrous and smokey failures, they experimented with aerospace material and achieved a breakthrough. In 1982, their speaker became a hit at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. It was elegant and showcased high-frequency audio dispersion without sacrificing the quality of sound. Today, MartinLogan continues to innovate remarkable electrostatic and thin film transducer technology, which enables their home theater speakers to deliver a highly impactful experience, always.
Vitus began in 1995 when Hans Ole Vitus began developing his own audio equipment. In 2003 he first released the RP-100, which was a battery-powered phono stage, the RL-100, a line stage, and the SM-100, a power amplifier. Taking great pride in his love for amplifiers, he put his passion to work and developed amplifiers that included aluminum enclosures without a negative feedback loop. As for his design taste, it was very uniform, as he admired the seamless look of different units looking similar in shape, color, and style. Beginning in 2007, Vitus became known for digital CD players, which was rather shocking because at the time, listening to music from computers was not a common practice among audiophiles. They worried that a computer would disrupt the composer’s artistic intention and lessen the audio quality. However, Vitus’ equipment received responses of amazement and today, his eye for design has set Vitus Audio equipment apart from others because of their delicate and thoughtful artistry, in addition to their remarkable high-fidelity capabilities. Vitus Audio designs and manufactures different equipment for different tastes and needs so that audiophiles all over the world can choose from a multitude of pieces to craft an enjoyable, immersive audio experience.
In 1951, William (Bill) Zane Johnson owned an audio equipment store in South Minneapolis named Electronic Industries. Through this store he sold high-end audio equipment, including his own ideas and creations (especially preamplifiers), to fellow audiophiles. In 1970, after selling his company and patents and working for another company for two years, Bill realized he preferred to share his creations above all else, so he bought back his rights and founded Audio Research Corporation. At this time, he turned to vacuum tubes as a way to produce a high-fidelity sound while keeping costs low. Unfortunately, he was met with backlash for being "outdated". Much to the public’s surprise, though, vacuum tubes were used in the 1980’s, deeming Bill a founder of high-end audio as we know it today. In 1972 he developed the SP-3, a preamplifier that gave Audio Research a significant amount of influence in the industry. Over the next decades, Bill continued to incorporate vacuum tubes in their product offerings and today, Audio Research continues to specialize in preamplifiers and amplifiers, focusing more on unparalleled audio quality than on market-driven features.
Originating just outside of Toronto, Canada in 1982, Jerry Vander Marel and Scott Bagby decided to cause a shift in the Hi-Fi audio industry paradigm by fabricating and designing speakers local to their hometown. In such a saturated industry, they knew they needed to stand out, and they did so by manufacturing their parts based on science, not based on what is trending and what the market suspected was effective. Vander Marel and Bagby put together a dedicated team made up of audiophiles, engineers, and even engineers who considered themselves audiophiles. Thus, Paradigm was born. By 1985, they were quickly making a name for themselves in the U.S., and in 1990, they won a prestigious award for Best Price/Value from Inside Track magazine. Over the next decade, they debuted several innovative and iconic pieces of HiFi audio equipment, including their Paradigm Reference Studio Series, which featured loudspeakers with an artfully crafted, steampunk design. This series shifted their own paradigm and today, although Paradigm offers a more sophisticated design, they still have fun experimenting as they continuously learn new ways to provide superior, honest sound at an affordable price.
When SUMIKO was founded in Japan in 1972, there was no doubt it would one day make its own, unique impact on the high-fidelity audio industry. SUMIKO is known for its phono cartridges, which the brand has offered to HiFi audio enthusiasts all around the world for nearly 40 years. Both their “Oyster” and “Reference” series are well favored today due to their creative combination of tried and true technology with cutting-edge technology. As audiophiles, the SUMIKO team prides itself on always acknowledging the roots of the HiFi audio industry and keeping its rich history in mind when they produce and manufacture their own product offerings. Rather than disregarding the “old way” of high end audio design, they celebrate the different lessons learned throughout history in order to provide equipment that is reliable, yet improved upon, therefore setting the tone for future product offerings. Today, SUMIKO stands out by not only manufacturing prestigious phono cartridges, but also by distributing stellar, high-end audio equipment designed by other highly regarded brands.
Pro-Ject Audio Systems
Pro-Ject Audio Systems was founded by Heinz Lichtenegger in 1991, centered around turntables despite the rising popularity of digital music. Lichtenegger built Pro-Ject with the intent to show the world everything HiFi audio stood for while simultaneously remaining affordable. In order to achieve this, he remained firm on his belief that the best way to enjoy music was to enjoy it in its simplest, purest form–turntables. He also wished to provide listeners only with the features they needed in order to create a wonderful listening experience. Pro-Ject took off when their Pro-Ject 1 received a stellar review, encouraging both casual listeners to experiment with HiFi audio equipment and established audiophiles to try their product. Following their increasing popularity, Pro-Ject manufactured more product offerings, which led to their Box Designs in 2007. Their Box Designs delivered the same high fidelity and high-quality audio in a smaller form, and today, their varied product continue to set Pro-Ject apart as an affordable and truly audiophile-approved brand that focuses on pure music and enjoyment.
Founded in Germany, Clear Audio a HiFi audio brand specializing in manufacturing turntables and turntable components. It was officially founded in 1978 when founder Peter Suchy and his team developed their first-ever moving coil cartridges. Clear Audio works with precision engineers, watchmakers, electronic engineers, physicists, and even industrial designers; by curating their specialized knowledge, Clear Audio combines unique and thoughtful craftsmanship with high-end innovation that sets them apart in the industry. By working with specialists to develop most of their components in-house and outsourcing only a very small portion of their components, the brand is able to constantly elevate its product offerings and, consequently, surpass its own standards of excellence each year. Today, their unique combination of specialized expertise, in-house talent, and attractive product offerings has made Clear Audio a brand that’s here to stay.