What happened to California Audio Labs?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Mad John, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. Mad John

    Mad John Active Member

    Nov 25, 2001
    I know this is off topic here, but I thought some of you audio files might know the story behind what happened to California Labs,the company from Scottsdale Arizona.

    They made some of the best sounding CD players known to man and they cost thep rice too! I had an old bro-sure from 1999 I had picked up in a Sam Ash out of all places. It had all the current models in the 2500 series. Back then there bottom the the line CD player the DX1 was $600.00.

    My qestion to anyone who can tell me is why and when did this great company (who made more than Mackie, Technology seem fun!) go out of business? I completly missed that. I am now in need of a pro CD player on THAT level and was upset to find that California Audio Labs was no longer.

    Are any of those people continuing the great sonic work else where?

  2. gonefishin

    gonefishin Guest

    Well, I don't know the whole story...or if what I've heard is true. But I believe Cal got bought out by Sonic Blue...who kept the name and products going. But Sonic Blue the was having difficulties and sold off the name (division). Who the current owner or if they'll revive Cal Audio is unknown. It has also been mentioned that some of the engineers are working for Denon now.

    again...this is all just hearsay
  3. Chance

    Chance Guest

    It's the same story like SAE. They made some fine cassette recorders
  4. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
    Home Page:
    Last information on them is

    California Audio Labs
    PO Box 1218
    113 Taylor Way
    Blue Lake, CA 95525
    United States
    707-668-1736 (Phone)
    707-668-1923 (Fax)

    More info here: audioweb.com/Directory/DirectoryInfo.asp?companyid=148

    There are places like Play it Again Sam http://www.playitagainsam.com/ that deal in USED audio equipment and can be contacted if you need a particular product that is no longer manufactured. Do a search for CALIFORNIA AUDIO LABS USED and see how many hits you get on your browser. (I got 98000)

    Here is the story on California Audio Labs

    California Audio Labs
    Digital specialist based in Blue Lake in California, USA. Well known for their CD players, high end DVD players and DAC's etc and branched out into the world of home theatre around 2000 with the introduction of multichannel amplifiers, processors and the like, in 2001 however its mother company Sensory Science was bought by Sonic Blue who was interested in that company's multimedia technologies but had not interest in the high end audio market and thus closed the company down in 2002.

    More info on defunct audio companies can be found at http://audiotools.com/dead.html

    Hope this helps.
  5. gonefishin

    gonefishin Guest

    Looks like another Altec Lansing story :(

    what a shame
  6. Mad John

    Mad John Active Member

    Nov 25, 2001
    Thomas, that was very helpful indeed! Thank you for makeing it clear.

  7. Mad John

    Mad John Active Member

    Nov 25, 2001

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