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Challenger Amplifier Co. (Bogen); New York, NY / Paramus, NJ

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Name: Challenger Amplifier Co. (Bogen); New York, NY / Paramus, NJ    (USA)  
Abbreviation: challenger
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Summary:

Challenger Amplifier Company
633 Broadway, New York 12, NY (1948/1949)
29 Ninth Ave., New York, NY (1953)
Box 500, Paramus, NJ (1956)

Challenger Amplifier Co. was a manufacturer of intercoms, amplifiers, record players, and stereo AM/FM radios.

History:

Challenger Amplifier Company  (1948/1949 to 1963) was very closely associated with the David Bogen Co., and most likely was a subsidiary since they were located at the same addresses and many Challenger Amplifier Co. products were stamped “Manufactured by David Bogen”. In any case, the “Bogen Challenger Line” was advertised as early as 1951 and starting in 1958, Bogen began an advertising program introducing the “new line of Challenger budget-priced high-fidelity components.”  SAMS Photofact lists the first Challenger Amplifier Co. model in 1949 and the last in 1963.

Note that all Bogen “Challenger” models should be listed under Challenger Amplifier Co. to place all Challenger models in one place.  Although some Challenger models were marked as manufactured by Challenger Amplifier Co., some models were stamped “Manufactured by David Bogen”.

The brand name “Challenger” was used for many different manufacturers, including Montgomery Ward & Co. before WW2.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  48/49 Intercommunication System 20R + 200 12SL7GT  The two models 20R (master) and 200 (slave) are together an AC-DC operated intercommunicat... 
USA  48/49 Intercommunication System 60R + 200 14F7  The two models 60R (master) and 600 (slave) are together an AC-DC operated intercommunicat... 
USA  48/49 18 Watt Audio Amplifier CC-18 6SF5  The model CC18 from Challenger Amplifier Co. is an AC operated 2 channel audio amplifie... 
USA  48/49 30 Watt Audio Amplifier CC-30 6SC7  The model CC30 from Challenger Amplifier Co. is an AC operated 3 channel audio amplifier w... 
USA  49/50 30 Watt Audio Amplifier CH-30 6SC7  The model CH30 from Challenger Amplifier Co. is an AC operated 3 channel audio amplifier w... 
USA  48/49 60 Watt Audio Amplifier CC-60 6SF5  The model CC60 from Challenger Amplifier Co. is an AC operated 3 channel audio amplifier w... 
USA  53/54 8 Watt Audio Amplifier HF-8 6SC7  The model HF8 from Challenger Amplifier Co. is an AC operated 3 channel 8 watt audio ampli... 
USA  48/49 6 Watt Audio Amplifier CD-6 6SF5  The model CD6 from Challenger Amplifier Co. is a storage battery operated audio amplifier ... 
USA  49/50 18 Watt Audio Amplifier CH-18 6SF5  The model CH18 from Challenger Amplifier Co. is an AC operated 2 channel audio amplifie... 
USA  59 TC322 EC92  Bogen-Presto Challenger TC322, FM-AM Tuner; Separate AM & FM scales. 
USA  58 CHA-10 6AV6  Challenger model CHA10 is an AC operated 2 channerl 10 watt audio amplifier. 
USA  60 RC412 6AB4  Bogen Stereo HiFi Receiver Model Challenger RC412. 2 x 6 watts, Frequency Range FM 88 -10... 

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Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

Radio News, Sept. 1951, pg 148, "Bogen Challenger Line, Boosters"tbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_line_1951.jpg
Radio News, Nov 1955, pg 195, Bogen and Challenger Amplifier Co. both at 29 Ninth Ave, New York 14, NYtbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_same_address_nov_1955.jpg
Radio News, Jan 1956, pg 114, "Challenger Amplifier Co." 10 W Amplifier HF8A, 29 Ninth Ave., New York 14, NYtbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_hf8a_1956.jpg
Radio News, Dec 1956, pg 125, Bogen "Challenger" 30W amplifiertbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_1956.jpg
Radio Electronics, May 1957, pg 116, Challenger CHA33, David Bogen Co. Inc., 29 Ninth New York 14, NYtbn_challenger_bogen_cha_series_pa_amplifiers_1957.jpg
Radio News, May 1958, pg 159, new Bogen amplifier "The Ultimate in the Challenger Line"tbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_1958.jpg
Radio News, Aug 1958, pgs 85-86, AV10 and TV100 first i new line of "Challenger" components, David Bogen Co., Paramus, NJtbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_ac10_tv100_1958.jpg
Radio News, Apr 1959, pg 98, Bogen-Presto, Division of Siegler, Box 500, Paramus, NJ adds AC210-A to "Challenger" line.tbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_ac210a_1959.jpg
Radio Electronics, Oct 1959, pg 132, Bogen-Presto, Box 500, Paramus, NJ, Challenger TC322tbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_tc322_1959.jpg
Electronics World, Dec 1959, pg 88, Bogen-Presto, Division of Siegler, Paramus, NJ, New Challenger Line listing new models.tbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_1959.jpg
Radio Electronics, Jan 1960, pg 98, Bogen-Presto, Division of Siegler, CHALLENGER FUTURA intercom and CHALLENGER TWOSOME intercom.tbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_futura_and_twosome_1960.jpg
Radio Electronics, June 1962, pg 67, Bogen-Presto, Division of Siegler, New Bogen Challenger CHB.tbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_chb_1962.jpg
Radio Electronics, Dec 1967, pg 76, Bogen Communications, Division of Lear-Siegler Inc., New Audio Equipment Challenger CHS series.tbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_chs_series_1967.jpg
Radio Electronics, May 1971, pg 45, Bogen Challenger Modern Sound Systems.tbn_challenger_bogen_challenger_models_1971.jpg

  
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