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What happened to Sonodyne?

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Five years back I happened to hear of this brand through the reviews of their acclaimed SM100AK monitors. Shortly after, i had a chance to hear and test out the newer Sonodyne SRP 400 studio monitor(costing around Rs. 50k for a pair) and it literally blew everything else out of the park , even those costing over double its price. I had never heard reverbs and spaces in such detail. We had some direct A/B comparisons done with much more expensive monitors. The brand was also gaining popularity in the west with the new SRP range. I recommended these monitors to a friend.
That was 5 years back.

Then all of a sudden, they disappeared from the online shops outside of India and shortly later, from the pro-audio shops inside India as well. Disappeared from Amazon too. I have no clue what is going on with this company. I visited their official website. There is no customer support number mentioned there. You have to type in your message with your email in there and they would get back to you by email.

Why are there so little outlets for a company that has such amazing reference speakers? I am looking forward to hearing more of their PM series.
 

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I recently went to their service centre at taratolla Kolkata to get an amplifier repaired. I asked them about the lack of listening rooms and they said they are keeping the home audio stuff at dealers who keep various other brands. Auditro in park street is once such place.

Anyway I got my amplifier repaired, service was very cordial and took about a week's time. The place is also a stock yard I suppose and I could see a lot of installation speaker equipment there. They are apparently not concentrating on home audio in the domestic market.

I went to auditro to listen to various equipment including sonodyne, heard the sonus 3155. They were pretty good as compared to the Dali spektor 6. Also heard the Avant t2 but didn't like it much. For the price the Sonus 3155 were fantastic! Finishing was also good. I don't know much about their Pro audio equipment as I have never heard them.

Like you and many others I hope to see them get back into the market. Atleast promote themselves a bit.
 

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Five years back I happened to hear of this brand through the reviews of their acclaimed SM100AK monitors. Shortly after, i had a chance to hear and test out the newer Sonodyne SRP 400 studio monitor(costing around Rs. 50k for a pair) and it literally blew everything else out of the park , even those costing over double its price. I had never heard reverbs and spaces in such detail. We had some direct A/B comparisons done with much more expensive monitors. The brand was also gaining popularity in the west with the new SRP range. I recommended these monitors to a friend.
That was 5 years back.

Then all of a sudden, they disappeared from the online shops outside of India and shortly later, from the pro-audio shops inside India as well. Disappeared from Amazon too. I have no clue what is going on with this company. I visited their official website. There is no customer support number mentioned there. You have to type in your message with your email in there and they would get back to you by email.

Why are there so little outlets for a company that has such amazing reference speakers? I am looking forward to hearing more of their PM series.
Sorry for off topic but same story for equator audio. All of a sudden, they stopped selling and now their website is non-functional. As far as I know, sonodyne makes great studio monitors that were often compared to even genelecs. Wish they stay.

Edit: Found a link to their customer care page where phone number is mentioned.

Maybe they have redesigned their website.
 

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Sorry for off topic but same story for equator audio. All of a sudden, they stopped selling and now their website is non-functional. As far as I know, sonodyne makes great studio monitors that were often compared to even genelecs. Wish they stay.

Edit: Found a link to their customer care page where phone number is mentioned.

Maybe they have redesigned their website.
I'm getting to hear very bad reviews about Sonodyne's after sales support, which may be a reason why the dealers walked away.
Its a shame that speakers of such high quality have to go down the drain. I was interested in their PM series but now I am reluctant.
 

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I think dealers stopped stocking sonodyne because of low demand. Don't think me as anti national, but the sound quality and built wise, sonodyne or Norge, cannot match its imported counterparts. On comparison, even the 30 plus year old Japanese vintage stuff easily outperforms the desi stuff. That is why, the vintage stuff is still in demand and is selling at high prices.
 

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Five years back I happened to hear of this brand through the reviews of their acclaimed SM100AK monitors. Shortly after, i had a chance to hear and test out the newer Sonodyne SRP 400 studio monitor(costing around Rs. 50k for a pair) and it literally blew everything else out of the park , even those costing over double its price. I had never heard reverbs and spaces in such detail. We had some direct A/B comparisons done with much more expensive monitors. The brand was also gaining popularity in the west with the new SRP range. I recommended these monitors to a friend.
That was 5 years back.

Then all of a sudden, they disappeared from the online shops outside of India and shortly later, from the pro-audio shops inside India as well. Disappeared from Amazon too. I have no clue what is going on with this company. I visited their official website. There is no customer support number mentioned there. You have to type in your message with your email in there and they would get back to you by email.

Why are there so little outlets for a company that has such amazing reference speakers? I am looking forward to hearing more of their PM series.
they are there in the market but more into exporting outside.
after a lot of research i got to demo the srp 202 (srp 400) in bangalore.
they literally blew me away too!
planning on getting the bigger SRP 205 soon.

I think dealers stopped stocking sonodyne because of low demand. Don't think me as anti national, but the sound quality and built wise, sonodyne or Norge, cannot match its imported counterparts. On comparison, even the 30 plus year old Japanese vintage stuff easily outperforms the desi stuff. That is why, the vintage stuff is still in demand and is selling at high prices.
how about you audition the srp series, its very impressive.

I'm getting to hear very bad reviews about Sonodyne's after sales support, which may be a reason why the dealers walked away.
Its a shame that speakers of such high quality have to go down the drain. I was interested in their PM series but now I am reluctant.
this could be a possibility, as even to find a dealer in bangalore for presale was a tough job.
can imagine the after sales.
in case anybody interested to audition the srp series they could contact a store by name cubiz on museum road, bangalore.
i am going to order the srp 205 in a few days, was surprised to see so many positive reviews of the same in gearslutz
 

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they are there in the market but more into exporting outside.
after a lot of research i got to demo the srp 202 (srp 400) in bangalore.
they literally blew me away too!
planning on getting the bigger SRP 205 soon.
Hi Subhash, if it's possible to share location or address where you got a demo ,?? Thank you
 

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Hi Subhash, if it's possible to share location or address where you got a demo ,?? Thank you
Hi Subhash, if it's possible to share location or address where you got a demo ,?? Thank you
Hi Mahi
Hi Subhash, if it's possible to share location or address where you got a demo ,?? Thank you
Theres a multibrand audio shop on museum road, just after stanley leather.
Its called Cubix.
They arranged SRP 202 for the demo.
Will msg you the number.
Thanks
 

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The Home Cinema in Electronic City also deals with Sonodyne.
I believe they have Sonodyne Avant , Sonus, IWO series etc. in demo

Sonodyne is very good for Music. They are exporting to many countries, many well known studios are using Sonodyne studio monitor as per Sonodyne site.

Their SRT series is also very popular for dedicated home theater rooms with in-wall speakers. Competing products costs a lot more.
 

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The Home Cinema in Electronic City also deals with Sonodyne.
I believe they have Sonodyne Avant , Sonus, IWO series etc. in demo

Sonodyne is very good for Music. They are exporting to many countries, many well known studios are using Sonodyne studio monitor as per Sonodyne site.

Their SRT series is also very popular for dedicated home theater rooms with in-wall speakers. Competing products costs a lot more.
Yes dont think anything can touch the SRP series at the price.

The SRP 202 & 205 are supposed to be the favourites.
 

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SRP series is active speakers (Bi-Amped - inbuilt amplifier).
From 3" driver in SRP201 to 8" driver in SRP205
Placed an order for the SRP 205 today after auditioning the smaller 202 ,to which i was completely sold!
205 are the bigger versions of the 202.
Hopefully should have them with me in a weeks time.
 

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Are those powered speakers? I was talking about amplifiers.
Yes as HTuser mentioned the srp series are class A/B biamplified powered studio/home monitors.
They also have the PA series & triamplified SA series monitors for home & studio
 

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Pardon me if I sound weird or awkward, but for 65k I would any day go for a used Genelec or B&O. I have not heard the SRP 205, but I have heard the B&O Beolab 4000 and a Genelec active monitor (Don't remember the model) The B&O is fantastic and the Genelec is superb...... A friend of mine have both purchased for 35k and 48k respectively.
 

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Pardon me if I sound weird or awkward, but for 65k I would any day go for a used Genelec or B&O. I have not heard the SRP 205, but I have heard the B&O Beolab 4000 and a Genelec active monitor (Don't remember the model) The B&O is fantastic and the Genelec is superb...... A friend of mine have both purchased for 35k and 48k respectively.
Yes the genelacs are amazing , have heard the entire G series (same as 8000 series).
Havent heard the B&O
But when it comes to VFM the SRP series wins.
Will be having a second set up with genelacs too as soon as i clear my older gear.
 

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Yes the genelacs are amazing , have heard the entire G series (same as 8000 series).
Havent heard the B&O
But when it comes to VFM the SRP series wins.
Will be having a second set up with genelacs too as soon as i clear my older gear.
Yeah new Genelecs cost a lot. But if you can get a carefully used one for 45k, its a lot more value for money than the sonos, because these guys will last longer than the new SRPs and of course will sound much better.(Honestly, I think 65k is a bit on the higher side for a Sonodyne, taking into account the performance of the Sonodynes I have heard.) And you are going to get Genelecs as a 'second' system?:oops: So which is your primary set up?
 
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