End of Snell Acoustics?


While I have since moved on, owned and enjoyed Snell speakers over the years, including the type Qs, type Ds, and 500THX series speakers.
IMO The type A was OK but they peaked at the Snell B. None of their speakers after that ever reached the same heights (no pun intended, it was their tallest speaker too).
Atmasphere, Not True. XA Reference Towers was the tallest at 72". I have a pair, and they are magnificent!

I had the Type A IIIi for 18 years - one of the best speakers EVER produced. I replaced them with the XA Reference Towers, and I am very happy. These will last me till the end of my days. I think the XA series was the last best series in the Peter Snell legacy. The recent Snells are Joe D'Appolito designs, and now may get merged within the McIntosh speaker family, which also uses the D'Appolito arrays. D&M Holdings couldn't justify two premier brands overlapping and competing with each other.

I will miss Snell Acoustics, but I hope they continue their 36 year tradition of supporting every speaker they ever made.
McIntosh is owned by D&M Holdings, Inc., a Tokyo based company. D&M also owns Boston Acc., the aforementioned Snell, Denon, Marantz, etc.
While the legacy of Snell won't change by the silencing of this manufacturing company, it is still another unfortunate closure of a small company where engineering, design, handcrafting and customer care were important to it's employees, customers and local community.

I am the proud owner of nine Snell speakers. Decades of owner and audio magazine reviews support the company's philosophy of fine sounding and crafted products at each price level.

Perhaps D&M will sell the Snell company rights to another entrepreneur.
Despite their demise, I'm strongly tempted to get a pair of Snell B's to replace my thiel 2.3's. Do any of you Snell guys have any experience with the B's? I need a strong corner speaker, and those things are huge..any thoughts would be appreciated..