VANCOUVER AUDIO SPEAKER CLINIC
2521 GUELPH ST,
VANCOUVER, BC,
CANADA, V5T 4T4
(604) 874 7893
FAX (604) 677 7623

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API, originally based in Scarborough, Ontario, sold hi-fi speakers under the ENERGY, SOUND DYNAMICS, MIRAGE, ATHENA and IMAGE brand names, and also built speakers under contract for other companies. At one time, API was the third largest speaker manufacturer in North America, and one of the top 10 in the world. Throughout their early years, API built their own woofers, as well as some excellent tweeters. Their unique loudspeaker drivers were teamed up very successfully in their famous Energy 22, and Sound Dynamics speakers. In 1982, CBC bought hundreds of Energy 22s for use as 'Class C' monitors, although dealers frequently (and conveniently) implied they were used as 'Class A' studio monitors. Sound Dynamics speakers were the almost universal choice of music fans who “liked it loud”, and featured large woofers, and wonderful horn-loaded dome-tweeters.

Later models were designed with in-house built woofers, but API shifted to using VIFA tweeters in most units. The bulk of these speakers had simple vinyl-wrapped enclosures, providing good value and good sound quality, but lacking any style or spouse approval factor. API's more up-market speakers continued to feature handsome, veneer-finished enclosures, but increasingly used woofers and midranges built by Bravox in Brazil, with unbranded tweeters from China. In mid-2006, API was bought by the Klipsch Group, in Indianapolis, who also own Jamo in Denmark and China. Operations in Canada ceased, as more drivers and finished speaker systems were sourced from plants in China.

Because we have been repairing API speakers for over 20 years, we have established techniques for repairing almost all API and Bravox drivers, including the unusual Energy 22 tweeter. For the very few that cannot be economically repaired, we keep a small stock of originals, and have sourced some drivers that offer equivalent performance. Worthwhile modifications to API built speakers are typically limited to the crossover networks, which vary from ‘cheap-and-cheerful’ in their economical models, up to delightful (hard to improve) crossovers in the premium Energy Reference Connoisseurs.