- Jun 3, 2009 4:13 PM Car Audio Showdown
Maxxsonics® USA offers decades of combined experience and distinction in car, marine and home audio markets with brands MB Quart®, Hifonics®, Autotek® and Crunch®.
We independently support and maintain these best-in-class brands and are renowned for introducing audio designs that have set new standards in mobile amplification. We've received glowing industry accolades and won countless awards – but most importantly, we've earned the trust of consumers, enthusiasts, dealers and installers alike.
From entry level to high performance, we offer an unparalleled array of the finest products on the market today. It's the result of our simple philosophy: Listen to the customer.
Meet the Maxxsonics Management Team:
Alden Stiefel built Maxxsonics with a passion for offering the best car, marine and home audio products that had relevance and brand recognition in the marketplace. He brought together the four brands of Maxxsonics that include MB Quart, Hifonics, Crunch and Autotek to provide a wide range of choice from entry-level to premium performance. Stiefel commented on his vision stating, “We continuously invest in people and technologies to make improvements, to innovate and bring products to market faster. We look to our existing partnerships and recognize that product development starts with our customer’s input.”
Ted Henricks, Vice President of Sales oversees the strategic sales plan and sales growth of Maxxsonics. He keeps an open channel of communication with distributors and dealers and gathers feedback from their direct experience. “Our distribution model allows us to offer a wider range of product providing dealers with a choice of outstanding brands and price ranges,” stated Henricks. Ted has dedicated his career to consumer electronics and has been with Maxxsonics since its inception. Together with the Product Development team, Ted focuses on bringing product to market that is appropriate, viable and advantageous.
Sherri Sawyer is Maxxsonics Vice President of Finance overseeing the organization’s financial goals, objectives and budgets. Sherri is responsible for the investment of funds and manages associated risks, supervises cash management activities, and executes capital-raising strategies to support expansion. “It’s great to be part of such a successful organization that actively searches for opportunities and future growth,” stated Sawyer. As a CPA and key member in the management team, Sherri will continue to be involved in future corporate acquisitions.
John Studley's extensive product knowledge and experience has solidified his position as an industry expert in the complex world of car, marine and home audio. John and his team are responsible for the exhaustive research and meticulous development and design of every product that includes the prestigious Maxxsonics logo. According to Studley, “The relationships I have established with our vendors and the development of new technologies are paramount to the success of our business,” stated Studley. “We have established infallible engineering and manufacturing processes in our factories that ensure our high quality standards,” he further added.
Responsible for Maxxsonics’ International Sales, Julio Reyes understands the customer better than anyone else. Julio’s fluency in Spanish is valued by many of his Latin American customers and others throughout the world. He prides himself on his attentiveness to his customers and his family-oriented style. Julio takes the time to listen to his customers. When asked to summarize his successful approach, Julio responded, “I always put the customer’s needs first. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find it.”
Marc Sullivan’s position as Assistant Vice President of Operations is an integral part of the Maxxsonics mission. “As our company grows the importance of creating and sustaining standard procedures ultimately helps us make better products, deliver more efficiently and reduce costs,” stated Sullivan. “We are always analyzing and implementing process improvements that will benefit our customers while adapting to the changing marketplace.” Marc’s experience with ISO9001 compliance and expertise in the areas of business growth further support Maxxsonics in providing a higher level of product selection, quality and service to the customer.
Vice President of Operations and Marketing, Bill Koza"s concentration is two-fold. Under the area of Operations, Bill exposes opportunities for productivity improvements throughout the company. He is committed to formulating overall policies, making purchasing decisions and maintaining appropriate inventory levels. Bill’s other area of expertise is in Marketing. Bill recognizes the significance of a multi-branding strategy and manages the Marketing team in terms of the overall global communication plan. “I appreciate the synergy between improving our products and technology along with building our corporate image and promoting the autonomy of our brands,” said Koza.
Founded in the early 60's in Obrigheim, Germany, MB QUART is known worldwide for designing and manufacturing innovative and technically advanced audio products. From car, marine and home loudspeakers to personal headphones, intercom systems and professional broadcast and studio applications, MB QUART exemplifies "German Engineering" in audio products.
MB QUART revolutionized the mobile loudspeaker industry with its crossover technologies and use of high performance engineering materials like titanium, fiberglass reinforced ABS and Polycomp cone material. Audio and marine loudspeaker systems are put through stringent tests under the most extreme environmental conditions. Years of operation are simulated in climatic chambers and subjected to hours of intense auditioning and testing. Decades of refinement with meticulous attention to detail and tolerances in hand-built components have earned MB QUART a distinguished reputation for quality manufacturing, unmatched reliability and extraordinary performance.
MB QUART's design philosophy includes continuously incorporated high-end innovations and technologies into more moderately-priced lines. The current Premium line represents the latest application of new technologies and German engineering innovations – ideas that will ultimately find their way into future product development for enthusiasts and entry-level consumers alike.
Praised by countless world-wide audio press awards and critical listeners around the world, MB QUART brings extraordinary engineering expertise, experience and design philosophy to a truly global Maxxsonics brand.
The Hifonics legacy is built on some of the most famous, high-performance amplifiers in the history of car audio. Using the latest in innovative Super D-Class® digital chip technology in our Brutus series, Hifonics has dramatically changed car audio amplifier design and redefined consumer performance and value expectations.
Perfecting Super D-Class digital chip technology, Hifonics has engineered extremely efficient, low temperature, high amplification designs with better D/A conversion – at outrageously high listening levels. Designing "mega-amplifiers" like the 10 Kilo-Watt Maxximus, the world’s most powerful car audio amplifier, and the smaller – yet enormously powerful Goliath – requires the best components with absolutely no compromise in quality design and craftsmanship. No other conventional D-class amplifier design comes close. Hifonics amplifiers are designed to expand with the needs of our customers. Zeus and Titan series amplifiers provide unique line-output features so that connecting additional multiple amplifiers is quick and easy.
With a 25+ year history of designing and manufacturing megawatt amplifiers and hi-end automotive speakers, the latest Hifonics line includes over thirty amplifier models and more than twenty-five speaker designs – including a wide range of speakers with "Power from the Gods" illumination.
Starting where competitive designs end, Hifonics subwoofers, two-way, three-way and component speaker systems are engineered to take the heat from a wide range of amplification classes and provide an accurate soundstage in any vehicle. With extended frequency response for use in audio or video applications, Hifonics raises performance expectations to an even higher level.
Starting with the introduction of Dolby B auto-reverse cassette head units in 1977, Autotek has listened carefully to the upscale car audio enthusiast marketplace. After 32 years, Autotek has grown to one of the most venerable and respected brand names in the 12-volt industry, with patented amplifier designs and innovative low-profile multi-axial component speaker designs. A testament to the success of Autotek is the brand loyalty it enjoys from its enthusiast customer base and growing network of premier car audio retailers and installers.
Autotek amplifiers deliver pure power thanks to careful attention to power supply design. Large heat sinks, large capacitors, big transformers and quality components are rigorously tested and re-tested to assure the highest quality design and performance. Using the latest technology, Autotek amplifiers deliver up to 500 watts of pure power at staggering 85% efficiency levels – with significantly reduced heat. Low distortion A/B-Class circuitry performs on demand and delivers the widest bandwidth possible in a mobile amplifier system for extremely smooth response with virtually any speaker system.
Together Maxxsonics and Autotek offer the most comprehensive amplifier, subwoofer, speaker system and accessory selection in the industry. From high performance subwoofers to Super D-Powered two and four channel amplifiers, Autotek brings its brand heritage to a whole new line of products.
For the discerning car audio enthusiast, Autotek offers the ideal combination of performance and value with sonic accuracy any audiophile will appreciate.
The Crunch brand represents the widest array of "best-in-class" amplifiers available in today's car audio market. Considered the "best bump for the buck," Crunch amplifiers and speakers employ the latest designs and technology, based on shared engineering experience and expertise throughout the complete Maxxsonics brands.
With a reputation for unique design, sonic accuracy and big power, Crunch amplifiers come in a variety of configurations – from two and four channel to giant mono-block amps. Whether it‘s the PCB or MOSFET power supply, Crunch amplifier components are engineered for high performance, quality, reliability – and good looks.
Founded on a powerful history of award winning amplifier engineering, Crunch speaker systems are designed to thrive in the most demanding power handling situations. Tweeter designs provide extended frequency response from a highly modified Mylar dome tweeter. "Sonic Imaging" is perfected through a radiating dome design for even, smooth sound reproduction. Crunch speaker designs provide added power handling capability thanks to a unique HFMM [High-Flux Multi-Magnet] structure. Crunch subwoofers deliver groundpounding performance worthy of any size Crunch power amplifier.
Whatever the taste in music, style of vehicle or audio budget, Crunch speaker systems deliver the best possible sound at the best possible price.
Attractive, affordable and innovative, look to Crunch design and engineering to continue leading the car audio industry in performance and value.
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