Why > Beginnings

Since 1980, Transparent Audio's three founders, Karen Sumner, Jack Sumner, and Carl Smith, have shared their passion to recreate music at home as if it were played live.

A woman standing in front of a box.

The three founders are still dedicated to helping their dynamic team carry on their original mission to provide an unparalleled level of musical realism in home audio systems.

Two women standing in a room.

With ten years of experience in the high end audio industry and a wealth of complimentary talent and experience in the areas of design, engineering, sales, marketing, and management, the founders made the commitment to build Transparent into a complete design, development, manufacturing, sales, and marketing company.

A building under construction.

After 4 years of building cabling and power conditioning products for every audio and video application, Transparent outgrew its facility in Hollis Center, Maine.

A man cutting a ribbon in front of a building.

There was no more room for expansion in the original re-purposed 175-year old farmhouse with a large barn.

A building with trees and bushes.
A room with a large number of speakers and a couch.