Schiit Freya tube preamplifier
These are some of my all-time favorite audio brands, but the names are a little weird. All are successful enterprises, so the strange names didn't hurt one bit.
Schiit Audio may not have been first in the weird name game, but Schiit, pronounced just like you'd think, got a lot of attention when it started in 2010, and the name still does. If all Schiit had was the stop-you-in-your-tracks name it wouldn't be the major player in affordable audio it is today. Schiit makes headphone and speaker amplifiers, digital converters, and it'll soon debut its first turntable, the Sol. They all sound like Schiit, and they're all made in Newhall, California.
Pictured: Schiit Freya
MrSpeakers Voce electrostatic headphones
Okki Nokki makes excellent LP cleaning machines and accessories.
Pictured: the Okki Nokki RCM in black and white finishes.
BorderPatrol P20 tube amp
The name BorderPatrol conjures a political bent, but that's not what BP is all about. This Waldorf, Maryland-based electronics outfit makes superb tube amplifiers, and I use its digital converter in my personal reference system. BP's craftsmanship and sound quality are beyond reproach.
Pictured: BorderPatrol P20 tube amp.
EAT Forte turntable
Skullcandy Icon Wireless headphones
Years ago when I first heard about Skullcandy, the name sounded bizarre, but its cool headphones are ear candy.
Pictured: Skullcandy Icon Wireless headphones.
I'm still baffled as to why these companies chose such odd names, but those choices haven't thwarted their chances of success. Maybe their quirky names help them stand out in a crowded field!