MTX Audio

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MTX Audio
Type Consumer and pro-sumer manufacturer
Industry Audio
Founded 1979
Founder(s) Loyd Ivey
Headquarters Winslow, IL
Key people Loyd Ivey chairman and CEO
Products Audio electronics
Employees 750+
Website MTXAudio.com

MTX Audio is an American consumer audio company that manufactures sound equipment for applications including car audio, home audio, marine audio and live sound products. They are best known for their car audio products and they specialize in subwoofers and subwoofer amplifiers.

MTX Audio is a brand name owned by the Mitek Corporation. MTX Audio, as well as Kicker and JL Audio, were pioneers of the car audio industry. MTX Audio's parent company, Mitek Corporation, patented the square speaker design, which has more surface area for its nominal diameter as it is not measured diagonally. The patent was filed and published in 2007.[1]

History[edit]

MTX audio was called Matrecs in 1979. The MTX name came in when Loyd Ivey, then owner of his own company American Acoustic Labs, bought out the Matrecs name in 1979 and changed it to MTX under Ivey’s parent company Mitek. In 1991, MTX Audio acquired Soundcraftsmen, a defunct audio equipment manufacturer which was located in Santa Ana, California, and was called MTX Soundcraftsmen until 1999. In 1984 MTX created the first mobile audio enclosure.

Today[edit]

Loyd Ivey is chairman and CEO of MiTek and therefore MTX, which employs over 750 people. MiTek has 12 other companies including MTX, with plants in Ennis, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, Monroe, Wisconsin, West Dundee, Illinois, Winslow, Illinois, and in Phoenix, Arizona.

List of global brand names and what countries MiTek has their products/facilities in.[2]

  • MTX- USA, Europe, Germany
  • COUSTIC- USA, Europe
  • Xtant- USA, Europe
  • StreetWires- USA, Europe
  • Mitek- USA, Europe

Parent company[edit]

Loyd Ivey Is the president and CEO of his company MiTek corp. which he founded in the mid 1980s after acquiring Matrecs and the American Case Company. MiTek is the parent company of 13 other companies, including MTX, with manufacturing plants in seen U.S. states and three countries around the world.[3]

Products[edit]

MTX makes audio products ranging from sub woofers, car speakers, amplifiers, and speaker enclosures, to audio products for iPod and concert speakers.

USA product categories as of November 2012[4]

  • Mobile (car audio)
    • Amplifiers
    • Subwoofers
    • Speakers
    • Enclosures
  • Residential (home audio)
    • Cabinet speakers
    • Custom speakers
    • Multi-purpose speakers
    • All weather
    • ABSU (used for multi-room sound installations)
  • Marine (boat audio)
    • Thunder series of marine products
    • Amplifiers
    • Speakers
    • Subwoofers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Square speaker - Patent 7275620". Freepatentsonline.com. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  2. ^ Gorman, Perry. "MiTek". MiTek Europe. Retrieved 11/10/2012. 
  3. ^ Gorman, Perry. "MiTek Corporation". MiTek USA. Retrieved 11/12/2012. 
  4. ^ Gorman, Perry. "MTX website". MTX audio. Retrieved 11/12/2012. 

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