About Us

Our Company

Exo (out of...) + gal (galaxy)

Exogal was founded in 2013 by audio industry veterans who have worked for some of the biggest names in the industry. The founders, Jim Kinne, Larry Jacoby, Jeff Haagenstad, and Jan Larsen have taken their collective learning from their 20+ years and have set out to create products that are truly "out of this galaxy." By taking a completely new look at product engineering, Exogal delivers products that are aesthetically beautiful while producing extraordinary sound at a fraction of the cost of most high-end systems.

Jim Kinne is the technical heart and soul of EXOGAL. He's a legendary audio engineer who's produced countless award-winning products in his career, including the Wadia 27 decoding computer, Wadia 270 CD transport and the Wadia 790 Power DAC, to name a few (a list of many of his past products can be viewed here). Jim’s philosophy is to design products for optimal listening, not just to test well in a lab. If it’s optimized for listening, inevitably it will test well. The reverse is not always true.


"You can't create the future while clinging to the past."
                                                     - Joshua Neal Hartry

Product Design

We have the luxury of having learned our lessons from the industry and have designed our electronics from the ground up using state of the art technology. We've brought in the latest technology from adjacent industries such as the mobile phone business, various operating systems, and signal processing technology not currently deployed in the audio industry. This has allowed us to build a platform that is state of the art, as well as high-performance and provides a solid foundation for the future technologies that will be used in future Exogal products.
Designed, sourced and manufactured in the USA
Keeping our manufacturing close to home (Minnesota, to be exact) shortens design-to-manufacturing times and allows us to get to market more quickly with bold new products.

Open Architecture

All Exogal audio products use open protocols and interfaces which allow you to play your music no matter where you bought it or where the music stream originates. Also, our products can be easily controlled over a network by any home automation system without expensive drivers.

Products that last a lifetime

EXOGAL offers what we believe to be the most advanced and demanding high-fidelity digital audio components in the world. Using the best materials and parts available, our EXOGAL team designed the equipment from the ground up with a simple goal: QUALITY. The quality of the sound is able to excite dedicated audiophiles and is repeatedly praised by our customers and reviewers around the world. Besides easy digital upgrades for hardware and software EXOGAL products are warranted to their original purchaser for a 5-year period.

Is High-Resolution Digital Audio for You?

Frankly, that's not for us to say. We support all of the high-resolution formats currently available and our hardware and firmware is extensible enough to accommodate even greater resolutions, protecting your investment in our audio gear. But even if you use more "low-quality" formats such as CD resolution (44.1 kHz sampling rate with 16-bit depth) our processing algorithms will make your music sound as good as it can possibly sound. And making your experience the best for you while protecting your investment is what this is really all about. To help you better understand how higher resolution relates to the size of a music file, check out this handy chart from the good people at Audio Mountain.

I know what “Customer Service” is...

Exogal CEO Jeff Haagenstad posted on LinkedIn about what it means to provide genuine customer service. We've all been there. In his no nonsense yet considerate style, Jeff articulates what the right approach should be. Article link


The Team

Exogal founders at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, CO. Left to Right: Larry Jacoby (Vice President of Manufacturing Engineering), Jeff Haagenstad (Chief Executive Officer) and Jim Kinne (Chief Technology Officer). Not shown: Jan Larsen (Chief Operating Officer)