“Do more of what you like and less of what you don’t.” It’s a simple mantra that led Jason Stoddard away from his career at an ad agency to tackle his audio equipment hobby head-on.
Schiit Audio was founded in 2010 in Valencia, California, by Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat, who both subscribe to the idea of finding drive in doing what you enjoy.
Producers of highly competitive gear, Schiit Audio — which started in Stoddard’s garage — has now expanded from California to the Coastal Bend. Between Texas and California, Schiit directly employs 40 people.
The duo design and manufacture their products in the U.S. and sell direct to customers, which eliminates the need for intermediaries. The team at Schiit Audio is proud to provide ultra-high-quality products, rigorously analyzed by Stoddard, at an unparalleled price point.
The numbers illustrate the demand for Schiit Audio’s quality, as sales for its A/V equipment have increased year-over-year. Out of the Corpus Christi facility alone, between 150,000 and 200,000 units are sold each year.
The audiophile duo have a business balance that’s a recipe for success: Stoddard handles the analog portion of production by designing and walking each new creation through the production life cycle, while Moffat upholds the company’s other half by steering the digital design and back end development. Together, the two have overcome odds by persevering through downturns, graduating from a garage to a multi-million dollar business, and changing the face of high-end personal audio.
In fact, they have faced many turbulent times together, from beginning the business on the heels of the 2008 financial crisis to navigating recent supply chain shortages. Facing uncertainty throughout 2020, Stoddard began to scout potential locations for an expansion outside California, road tripping through Tennessee and in Houston and Austin. Then, Stoddard and his wife found themselves in the Coastal Bend and knew it was the perfect place to open another facility.
Schiit Audio’s impressive selection, high-quality products and competitive pricing make it a spectacular choice for its target demographics. Its “Made In USA” gear is used by young college students, avid gamers and professional producers alike.
From humble beginnings to big-time manufacturing, their incredible story literally lent itself to a book, which is called Schiit Happened: The Story of the World’s Most Improbable Start-up.