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Advent veterans Andy Kotsatos (known as Andy Pettit) and Frank Reed founded the company in 1979. Andy Kotsatos was known as Andy Pettit. His grandfather immigrated to the United States and worked as a waiter in a French restaurant. Because of his small stature, the rest of the staff named him Le Petit: French for small. Eventually bending to the social pressure to Americanize, he changed his name from Kostatsos to Pettit. After founding Boston Acoustics and achieving success with the company, Pettit changed his name back to Kotsatos.
The first Boston Acoustics speaker was called the A-200: a floor standing, very wide speaker, designed to minimize diffraction despite its very narrow depth. It was followed by the A150 floor standing speaker, and the A-70. Boston Acoustics marketed these speakers to audio specialty retailers and became highly respected for producing premium quality sound at very reasonable prices. The Boston-area retail chain Tweeter was one of the first and largest stores to sell them.
Boston Acoustics entered the mobile audio category in 1983.
Boston produced speakers for home, custom/architectural, and vehicles. They also produced OEM equipment factory-fitted to a variety of cars including Chrysler 300, Chrysler 200, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Caliber, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass vehicles. They also supplied the premium 9-speaker system in the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.
Boston Acoustics has produced home loudspeakers such as the E, HD, VR-M, VR, CR, Micro Reference, and Lynnfield Series, and on the mobile side Pro, Z, and SPZ reference component speakers.
As of October 17, 2018, Boston Acoustics products were still available on Amazon.com and other retail sites.
As inventory depleted, Sound United (the parent company of Denon, Polk Audio, Marantz, Bowers & Wilkins, Definitive Technology, Heos, Boston Acoustics, and Classe), let Boston Acoustics fade away. Currently, Sound United maintains the brand name, but no engineering is budgeted and there is no future production planned for Boston Acoustics. Their last series included the A25 bookshelf speakers and A360 towers.
At a Sound United national meeting in New Orleans, they announced plans to also acquire Pioneer, Onkyo and Integra, plus US Marketing of TEAC and high end Esoteric brands. The Onkyo/Integra/Pioneer deal fell through. In June 2021, the Onkyo brands were instead acquired by Voxx International in a joint venture with Sharp Corporation.
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