LINEAR POWER™ was started by the husband/wife team of Peter and Ruth Werback in 1975 in the gold country of northern California. With $16.00 worth
of parts in his shoe box, Peter started building amplifiers for his friends in his spare time. Peter and Ruth decided to quit their full-time jobs, and start
Schmegg Electronics. Both being dedicated to high end home electronics, they built a company dedicated to bringing that high quality sound to 12 volt automotive electronics industry. Schmegg Electronics changed names to Linear Power, Inc. in 1975
Model 2120. Manufactured in 1984. MSRP was $699.95
40 years and counting, and dozens of award winning product lines later, LINEAR POWER™ products remain superior to other brands. Using only the best components,
the latest technology, and the best Electronics Engineers ensures that these amplifiers stand above and beyond any others on the market.
LINEAR POWER™ has supplied amplifiers to the world's number one theme park, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the U.S. Military, and other well known names.
To dispel some myths and rumors: Linear Power, Inc. was never involved with Stillwater Designs, Inc. or Kicker. Most of us (seriously) have worked for Steve Irby at one point in our careers. We all cherish how he treated us like family. But, the companies have never been a part of each other.
Beginning in 1975 LINEAR POWER™ car audio products were designed and manufactured in the gold country of Northern California not far from Sutters Mill, later these oeprations were moved to Mississippi and Oklahoma. No matter where they were manufactured, we have never sacrificed performance, sound or reliability for mere cosmetic considerations. All Linear Power amps have always been hand built by US here in the United States, from the very earliest days until the present.
Popular TO220 & TO218----vs----Linear Power™ TO3 & TO3P
If you were an electronics engineer you could look inside LINEAR POWER™ products and instantly recognize that LINEAR POWER™ is made different and
better than any other brand on the market. Only the finest components available were used. The most obvious difference is the output transistors. In our old
full size amplifiers, you find the T0-3 and in our new amplifiers you find the TO-3P Transistor. They are expensive and they are the best, period. In the smaller, older amplifiers, you find the T0-218 case transistor, pound for pound the best device you can buy.
Most of the competitors use the small T0-220 transistor, even in their most expensive products. Transistors are to your amplifier what an engine is to your car. Small engines make weak cars, and small transistors make weak amplifiers. Superior headroom, power, clarity, durability, are hallmarks of the LINEAR POWER™ experience.
Popular TO220 & TO218----vs----Linear Power™ TO3 & TO3P
The thermal footprint (metal tab area) is where the transistor dissipates its heat. This determines the max power a transistor can deliver because of the heat built up internally in the device. The larger surface area of the TO3 and TO3P provide much better dissipation than the competition.
Somewhere around August 2004, through a series of unfortunate events, LINEAR POWER™ amplifiers were no longer manufactured, but with the hopes and thoughts of a few dedicated individuals the lineage would be kept alive and back in the hands of some of the people that helped make it great in earlier years.
In 2005... T.I.P.S. Inc. our long time authorized service company gained control of and put up Repair and Contact information on the linearpower.com website to perpetuate the LINEAR POWER™ love we all share.
In 2006, With the work of some long time employees of Linear Power, the company is re-incorporated and back in complete control and with our beloved name, logo and motto ?For The Love Of Music? all trademark protected, ensuring that there will ALWAYS be a solid link between your beloved amplifiers, the resources to keep them hitting hard and the people that helped make them for you! We are not just some entity that bought a revered industry name and would try to just exploit a profit from it. We are original, dedicated employees and users of the product for many years; which are carrying on the tradition of Linear Power by continually making the company and products better and better.
2009, saw the first testing and prototypes of our new speakers, based on the work done for Blues Car Audio/Richmond Hill Corporation in the late 80?s and early 90?s by one of our employees. A lot of whispering at contests about who was using old and who was using new. Trophies answered those whispers.
2010 was our year to shout "We're here for your trophies; give them to us!" Show after show, trophy after trophy, win after win; Linear Power, Inc. had stepped into the ring to box.
The result? Dealers, competitors, and consumers listened. Demand is high for component sets and subs. Dealers sign on knowing we want to do business they way THEY want to do business; protected product lines and protected pricing on quality product.
2010 also saw the return of Jeri Mccord to Linear Power, Inc. Jeri is one of the most revered names in the car audio industry and we are excited to have him back. Jeri and our team of designers have already finished the first working prototypes of the new line of Linear Power amplifiers. They are the culmination of decades in design and repair experience TIPS Inc. has brought to the table of many brands of electronics.
The very beginning of 2011 sees a caravan of Linear Power employees and supports drive from Mississippi to Las Vegas in three days. Now the hard work starts. There prototypes of the new amplifiers were shown and played for the public for the very first time. They were well received by all that heard them, as well as all of our speakers. The prototype of the LP2150 was sent out for trials in different vehicles and used first in the competition arenas in 2011. The ISO-Kit 8 and ISO-Kit10 sub systems were re-introduced at the 2011 CES show also.
2012: The LP2150 has finished it's test stages and is out in limited numbers along with the prototypes of the LP2250 which is shown for the first time at SBN 2012 playing in a demo vehicle.
2013-2014: Both the LP2150 and LP2250 have been refined and are shipping well, so our all of our component sets which have expanded from 2 options of passive components sets to both active and passive arrangements and include 4 inch, 5.25, 6.5 and 8 inch sets. Design work is on going on the LP2075 and LP2400.
2015: The LP2075 released in November
2016: Linear Power™ unveils new website in February as development on the new LP2400 begins.