After looking at the cheap and very poorly madea few days ago, we are now going to have a look at the completely opposite end of the spectrum Bozak Speakers. These speakers were top of the line when they came out, designed for pure audio enthusiasts who only wanted the absolute best money could buy. Sadly Bozak speakers dissolved as a business in the 1980’s, but their range of speakers can still be found for sale second hand. In this article we are going to talk about what happened to the company, and looking at some of the more popular models that they sold over the years.
Are Bozak speakers any good?
Even though Bozak ceased trading over 30 years ago, their speakers are still considered to be some of the best ever made. Market demand is still high for used sets in good working order, and these sets are snapped up fast. This is a good indication of how good they are. Let’s have a look at their history below, to give you a better idea why they are held in such high regard.
A brief history of Bozak
Bozak as a company was formed in the early 1950s by Rudy Bozak. As an electronic designer, he created several distinctive speaker designs over the years. In 1950 he was hired by a company called Mcintosh Laboratory to develop a driver for their speakers. Over the next two years he made a variety of different driver designs, including one that was the core of the McIntosh F100 speaker system which ended up selling quite well. Unfortunately Mcintosh decided not to take his designs any further, which frustrated Mr Bozak as there was clearly a market for this kind of upmarket audio technology. This lead him to found his own company, so he could focus on making high quality audio equipment under the Bozak Speakers brand.
Over the next few decades, Mr Bozak put out a variety of unique and creative audio products, many of which are still very highly rated today. In 1977 Rudy Bozak sold the company, although he was kept on in a consultant role to oversee the production of new products. Rudy Bozak passed away in 1982, and the company was re-organised by his wife and son in law the following year. The company enjoyed a brief bit of renewed success thanks to this move, but after a series of disastrous decisions the company finally met an end in 1986. The name was then bought up by Chinese buyers, who wanted to use the name to produce their own range of speakers. It was a sad end to what had been a very innovative company, but their products do still live on through their very good reputation.
Now let’s take a look at some of their more popular models that they produced.
Bozak Concert Grand Speakers
Bozak B4000 Symphony Speakers
Bozak B302A Speakers
Bozak CMA 10 2DL Mixer
Speakers weren’t the only product that the company made, as they also started producing Bozak rotary mixers in the early 1960s. This culminated in their best selling Bozak CMA 10 2DL mixer being released, which quickly grew in reputation due to the fantastic quality it offered. High quality Allen-Bradley components were used in the production of these units, and all the transistors were hand picked to ensure their quality.
The were also made using a modular kind of design, which helped to ensure easy servicing and expansion. These Bozak mixer models were hugely popular with the rise of discotheques, and the company continued to make and sell them after the death of Rudy Bozak. Even today these models are still sought after, which goes to show how great their workmanship really was.
So that is a look at some of the more popular Bozak speakers and mixers they sold over the years. If you are lucky enough to get hold of one of these items in good condition, make sure you hang onto it as these are collectors items now. They are part of a bygone era were quality was considered first, and built to last. The Bozak company may be long gone, but their products will likely be around for a very long time.
So where can you find them for sale? Ebay is often a good starting point, as you will occasionally find a decent quality model on there. Otherwise if you know of any audio stores near you that sell second hand speakers, it is worth asking them if they can keep an eye out for some. Keep in mind though that some of these speaker systems are very big and heavy, so you will a suitable form of transport, and something like a platform trolley to help move them around. It is worth the effort though, as the sound quality will blow you away!