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Polk Audio Celebrates 40 Years of Being The Speaker Specialists

Rekindling Its Entrepreneurial Roots and Looking Ahead to an Even Brighter Future

BALTIMORE, MD, June 29 , 2012 – Polk Audio®, the Speaker Specialists®, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a party for its staff at the company’s Baltimore headquarters on June 22, 2012. While the event did offer some nostalgic looks at the company’s history, much of the focus was on its future – from last year’s expansion into personal audio to a recently launched reference series that taps into Polk’s entrepreneurial roots.

“Polk Audio is a great American success story,” explained Ben Newhall, Senior Vice President of Sale and Marketing, Polk Audio. “In 1972 a few college friends pooled their talents to make high performance speakers that were embraced by reviewers and audiophiles alike as being  musically pleasing, fun to listen to, and affordable . Their dream and vision was that through fundamental research and solid engineering, high performance audio could be within reach of all. That spirit is alive and well today, as evidenced by our respected and growing selection of high performance, high value speakers and headphones for just about any application.”

Polk Audio enters its next forty years as one of the most respected speaker brands in the world. The company holds more than 65 patents for advances in audio design and technology and leads in sound bar innovation. And the award-winning designer and manufacturer of home audio products has branched out into personal audio, with the introduction of its UltraFit™ and UltraFocus  headphones in 2011.

“Like many bands of that era, Polk was started in a garage,” recalled Mr. Newhall. “And though there have been a few changes in the line-up over the years, we’ve always remained true to the music – and our goal of designing and building top-quality speakers at affordable prices.”

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About Polk Audio
Polk Audio ( is an award-winning designer and manufacturer of high performance audio products and the largest audio brand of DEI Holdings, Inc. Founded in 1972, Polk is the market share leader in premium Home Theater speakers and sound bars in North America, and is a leading manufacturer of headphones, mobile and marine speakers and amplifiers, and other high performance audio products.

For more information, high-resolution images, executive interviews, and the location of a Polk distributor in your area, contact Adam Sohmer; Sohmer Associates, LLC (PR representative for Polk Audio); 347-497-4965; For more information on DEI Holdings, visit

This article was last modified July 12, 2012

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