Our History

Audio Authority Corporation was established in 1976 when Jonathan Sisk opened a retail hi-fi boutique in Lexington, Kentucky. He needed to accurately compare competing products for his customers, but no existing switching devices were suited for the audio showroom. Collaborating with his friend, Jonathan Gertz, he designed and built the Model One Efficiency Compensating Speaker Comparator.

Demand for the Model One propelled the new retailer into manufacturing within months of the store opening. A production line was setup in an adjacent space to manufacture a small run of comparators, which sold quickly. As demand grew Audio Authority developed showroom demonstration systems for all types of audio components. With the 1980’s car audio boom came high-current power supplies, switching systems, and modular displays. With its own retail store as a testbed for new demonstration ideas, Audio Authority products gained a reputation for cost-effective innovative solutions.

The 1980s saw a demand for high-quality commercial intercom systems designed specifically for the drive-up banking industry. The technology and manufacturing for switching and demonstration systems was relevant and easily adaptable to this new product and market. This business channel has expanded and grown through the years. Today, Audio Authority drive-up intercoms are used by more OEMs and installers of financial security products than any other.

In 1986, Audio Authority sold its retail operations to focus solely on manufacturing and in 1989 built its purpose-designed factory on a 4.5-acre campus in Lexington, from where it operates today.
Audio Authority products have continued to expand and mature in anticipation of new technologies and our customers’ needs. Centralized, mechanical switching systems have long since been replaced by modular electronic modules interconnected communications networks. Today, our designs integrate multimedia, sensors, data acquisition, and types of user-interfaces to achieve our client’s requirements. And software-based designs provide the inherent flexibility to make enhancements and add features remotely as technology and markets change.



Audio Authority has defied the odds and trends by keeping its manufacturing here in Kentucky when most others moved their production offshore. Besides retaining jobs here in the USA, we believe our inhouse production provides a level of flexibility, control, and response that our competitors cannot match and that customers value.

Today, the Ascentic Retail Engineering brand offers all our capabilities for custom-designed, large-scale solutions to companies and institutions that need to provide consumers with a compelling technologybased experience.

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