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Andy Kostatsos was known as Andy Pettit. His grandfather immigrated here and worked as a waiter at a French restaurant. Because he was small of stature, the rest of the staff named him Le Petit, French for small. When it came time to cave-in to the social pressure and Americanize, he changed his name from Kostatsos, to Pettit. After he founded Boston Acoustics and was very successful with it Andy Pettit changed his name back to Kostatsos.
The first Boston Acoustics speaker was called the A-400. It was a floor standing, very wide speaker, designed that way to minimize diffraction. It had a very narrow depth. It was followed by the A150 floor standing speaker and A-70. Boston Acoustics marketed these speakers to audio specialty retailers and became very respected for producing high quality sound for very reasonable prices. The chain called Tweeter, in the Boston area was one of their 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 which is 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, which is Polk Audio and Definitive Technology combined, basically let Boston Acoustics fade away. Currently they maintain the brand name, but no engineering is budgeted and there is no future production planned for Boston Acoustics. The last series, which included the A25 bookshelf speakers and A360 towers were very good speakers, which a very nice piano gloss black finish and very reasonable prices.
At Sound United, national meeting in New Orleans, they announced they are also going to acquire Pioneer, Onkyo and Integra, plus US Marketing of TEAC and high end Esoteric brands. As of July 2019, those are still proceeding.