A specialist audio equipment manufacturer, founded in 1948 by Etsuro Nakamichi. Most famous for their superior quality cassette decks, they are highly respected among music fans and hifi enthusiasts. They make everything from in car systems to CD-ROM drives, and will always be remembered for turning Philips humble dictation cassette format into a recording medium worthy of serious hifi attention.

More recently they have branched out into so called 'lifestyle' hifi systems, with their Soundscape range, to critical acclaim. Whether or not this is a good thing depends on how much of a hifi zealot you are. I for one own a Soundscape 8 system, and wouldn't trade it for anything.