VANCOUVER, CANADA—Canadian pro-audio supplier Radial Engineering is bringing the audiophile Hafler brand back to the consumer-audio market. Radial purchased the brand earlier this year from car-audio supplier Rockford Corp., which had purchased the brand in 1987 and focused on pro amplifiers for music studios, Radial said. The brand has been dormant for more than a decade.
Hafler’s roots go back to the 1950s when David Hafler “basically invented high-fidelity amplifiers” under the Dynaco brand, according to Radial. The new owner is relaunching the brand with small-box products such as phono preamps and headphone amplifiers, but expects to launch power amplifiers in 2015. Radial said it will leverage relationships with its musician customers to promote the Hafler brand and has already won an endorsement by engineer Al Schmitt, who is known for his work with Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand and Steely Dan.