Audio-Technica is Japan’s premier audio company and in its 55+ years, the company has revolutionized the headphone market. Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica manufactures products that set serious standards for quality, durability and price/performance.
Audio-Technica — Audio pioneer in high-performance sound design
Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, A-T now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and professional use.
Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica manufactures products that set quality, durability and price/performance standards for live sound tours, broadcast and recording studios, corporate and government facilities, house-of-worship venues, and more. A-T microphones are chosen for critical government installations such as the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Audio Technica microphones and best wireless systems are also selected for major broadcast music events, including the GRAMMY® Awards and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
Audio-Technica products have provided seamless audio coverage and technical support in U.S. presidential debates since 1988. A-T mics also deliver versatile solutions at high-profile sports broadcasts, including World Cup Soccer, the Super Bowl, and the Commonwealth Games, as well as the Summer Games in London (2012), Beijing (2008), Athens (2004), Sydney (2000), and Atlanta (1996), and the Winter Games in Sochi (2014), Vancouver (2010), Torino (2006) and Salt Lake City (2002).
Audio-Technica Corporation in Japan, in addition to offering a wide range of products under its own brand, is a leading OEM supplier of audio transducers, optical sensors and a variety of specialty devices. Audio-Technica U.S., Inc. markets and distributes A-T products throughout the Western Hemisphere. With other operating companies in Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, Audio-Technica today is a global leader in its field, committed to providing superior performance and exceptional value for customers around the world.
1962 Hideo Matsushita establishes Audio-Technica Corporation in Tokyo’s Shinjuku-ku. The Company launches the AT-1 and the AT-3 MM stereo phono cartridge and begins to supply these cartridges to audio equipment manufacturers in Japan.
1963 Audio-Technica moves to larger premises in Japan to accommodate its expanding operations. Sales of the high-end AT-5 MM phono cartridge and the semi-integrated AT-1001 tone arm begin.
1964 Development of an elliptical diamond stylus and the AT-3X and AT-5X incorporating this stylus begin.
1965 The AT-1001 tone arm package is recognized with an award from the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, part of Japan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. ATechnica moves its head office and factory to its current address in Naruse, Machida, Tokyo.
1967 The Company begins shipments of vibration-testing equipment to measuring-device manufacturers and launches the proprietary dual-magnet VM phono cartridges.
1968 Audio-Technica provides technology for joint phono cartridge research with the NHK Technology Research Center.
1969 Audio-Technica begins exporting phono cartridges to audio equipment manufacturers worldwide. The first microcassette recorders are launched.
1971 Audio-Technica obtains patents for the VM phono cartridge format in the United Kingdom and the United States.
1972 Audio-Technica U.S., Inc. is established in Akron, Ohio.
1973 Shipments of VM phono cartridges to European audio equipment manufacturers begin.
1974 Audio-Technica develops and launches the AT-700 series of stereo headphones. The AT-15E VM phono cartridge is awarded the top prize in the phono cartridge category at the Stereo Components Grand Prix competition. This product goes on to win numerous other awards.
1978 The ATH-8 and ATH-7 condenser headphones win the MITI Good Design Award. This year also brings the development and launch of the AT-800 series of microphones, and the establishment of Audio-Technica Ltd. In Leeds, England.
1982 Audio Technica’s new head office building is completed in Machida, Tokyo.
1985 AudioTechnica launches the UniPoint series of ultra-compact installed-sound microphones.
1986 Audio Technica succeeds in commercializing a Pure Copper by Ohno Continuous Casting AV cable. Audio Technica launches the AT33ML/OCC phono cartridge, the world’s first phono cartridge made with PCOCC materials. During the year, the Company also unveils wireless microphone systems, its first products in this category, and a boundary microphone that is quickly adopted by broadcasters everywhere.
1987 This year sees the commercialization of Super PCOCC cables and the launch of the AT6195 PCF optical digital cable.
1988 Audio-Technica Taiwan Co., Ltd., is established.
1990 AT visible-laser collimator units are installed at Japan’s National Astronomical Observatory’s Nobeyama Radio Observatory.
1991 A-T introduces the AT4033 cardioid condenser microphone—the large-diaphragm side-address studio condenser that broke the $1000-barrier in its class.
1992 The AT4033 condenser microphone is chosen best microphone of 1991 at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention.
1993 Hideo Matsushita is named chairman of the board and is succeeded as president by Kazuo Matsushita.
1994 The AT4050/CM5 multipattern condenser microphone is launched.
1996 Audio-Technica (South East Asia) Pte. Ltd. is established in Singapore. Audio Technica microphones and best headphones are used at all venues in the Atlanta Summer Games.
1998 AudioTechnica launches the AT4060 vacuum tube studio-use condenser microphone.
1999 Audio-Technica introduces the AT895 adaptive array microphone, a revolutionary DSP-controlled five-element microphone array that provides adaptive directional audio acquisition, with A-T’s proprietary DeltaBeam® technology.
2000 The performance of Audio-Technica products at the Atlanta Games leads to the company being selected to provide microphones and headphones for use in all venues a the Sydney Summer Games.
2002 Audio Technica supplies microphones to the Salt Lake City Winter Games, the third consecutive games for which Audio-Technica microphones are used. A-T introduces its 5000 Series advanced wireless systems, featuring true-diversity, frequency-agile operation with dual compansion technology, IntelliScan™ frequency selection and software for computer management and control.
2003 Audio-Technica introduces the groundbreaking AT3060 cardioid phantom-powered tube microphone, which operates exclusively on 48V DC phantom power, making it as easy to set up and use as a standard condenser microphone.
2004 Audio-Technica microphones are used by Athens Olympic Broadcasting S.A. (AOB) in the broadcast of the 28th Olympic Games in Athens. A-T sets a new price/performance standard in side-address microphone technology with the introduction of the AT2020 side-address studio cardioid condenser microphone.
2005 A-T develops a design innovation – UniGuard® – 13 individual Audio-Technica patents, a total system for RFI protection that impacts every aspect of the design and production of A-T’s Engineered Sound and UniPoint lines of installed-sound miniature condenser microphones.
2006 Audio-Technica microphones are used by NBC Universal for the broadcast of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
2007 Audio-Technica introduces the AT2010 cardioid condenser vocal microphone, bringing the studio-quality sound of A-T’s 20 Series to the stage. A-T introduces the first in its acclaimed line of QuietPoint® Noise-Cancelling Headphones. Audio Technica changes the wireless landscape with the introduction of SpectraPulse®, a completely new application of proven, patented Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. SpectraPulse UWB Wireless Microphone System bypasses the increasingly congested RF bottleneck to deliver clear, intelligible audio without the performance and set-up issues associated with conventional wireless systems.
2008 They microphones are used by Beijing Olympic Broadcasting in the coverage of the XXIX Olympic Games, August 8-24, 2008, in Beijing. Audio-Technica introduces M3 and M2 Wireless In-Ear Monitor Systems. Audio-Technica’s SpectraPulse® Ultra Wideband (UWB) System is recognized for outstanding technical achievement in the Wireless Technology category at the 24th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (TEC). Audio-Technica celebrates 20th anniversary of supplying microphone solutions for the presidential debates. Audio-Technica unveils “Experience More” branding initiative. Audio-Technica SpectraPulse® is used at the final 2008 Presidential Debate. Audio-Technica introduces its first USB mic, the AT2020 USB cardioid condenser, delivering affordable computer-based recording with studio-quality sound.
2009 AudioTechnica introduces its first ribbon microphones, the AT4080 and AT4081. New Audio-Technica 40 Series microphones are certified by the MetAlliance. Audio-Technica introduces BP896 subminiature lavalier.
2010 Audio-Technica continues its support of the world’s finest athletes in Vancouver 2010. Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones win Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Award. A-T opens new state-of-the-art Technica Fukui facility in Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, to further develop A-T’s wireless technology through research and product testing.
2012 Audio Technica celebrates its 50th anniversary. Audio-Technica microphones are used once again to enhance the live feel of sports TV, capturing the sounds from London 2014. Audio-Technica introduces the ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® headphones with exclusive Tri-Level Cancellation™ for selectable noise-cancellation. Audio-Technica unveils high-fidelity System 10 Digital Wireless, which operates in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference. Audio-Technica launches its flagship 50 Series of elite studio microphones with the AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone.
2013 Audio Technica mourns the death of its founder, Hideo Matsushita, on March 5, 2013 at age 93.
2014 They introduces its first-ever gaming headsets, the closed-back ATH-AG1 and open-back ATH-ADG1, which provide audiophile sound quality and feature a built-in mic for in-game communication. AudioTechnica remasters its critically acclaimed M-Series line of professional monitor headphones to add more versatility and comfort while delivering incredibly accurate audio monitoring. A-T microphones cover all the action of the world’s greatest athletes in Sochi 2014. Audio Technica launches a new line of Network Microphones with direct Dante™ protocol by introducing the ATND971 cardioid condenser boundary microphone with Dante network output.
2015 Company introduces two new studio pros: ATH-M70x professional monitor headphones and ATH-R70x professional open-back reference headphones. Audio-Technica adds to the System 10 wireless family by introducing System 10 PRO, featuring a rack-mount design with remote-mountable receiver units and up to 10 simultaneous channels. They debuts the BP40, a large-diaphragm dynamic broadcast microphone with rich, natural, condenser-like sound.
2016 Brand brings the power of Bluetooth® wireless technology to its turntable line with the introduction of the AT-LP60BK-BT, fully automatic wireless belt-drive stereo turntable. Audio-Technica introduces the E-Series – ATH-E70, ATH-E50, and ATH-E40 – professional in-ear monitor headphones in the tradition of A-T’s critically acclaimed M-Series. AT debuts the ATUC-50 digital discussion system, offering plug-and-play functionality, intuitive operation, 24-bit digital audio and an extensive feature set perfect for any meeting space.
One of their most famous products was a battery-operated, portable record player called Mister Disc that was sold in the U.S. in the early 1980s.
In 2005, They developed “Uniguard”, a method for making microphones resistant to radio frequency interference from cell phones, Bluetooth headphones and devices, wireless computer networks and walkie-talkies. 13 patents were involved in bringing the feature to fruition, as company engineers modified many different elements of microphone construction and operation. Over 50 existing Audio-Technica microphone models have been upgraded with the new RFI-resistant technology.