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Audio-Technica Corporation
Type Private KK
IndustryAudio equipment
Founded1962;59 years ago (1962)
Shinjuku, Tokyo
FounderHideo Matsushita
Key people
Kazuo Matsushita (President)

Audio-Technica Corporation (株式会社オーディオテクニカ, Kabushiki Kaisha Ōdio Tekunika) is a Japanese company that designs and manufactures professional microphones, headphones, turntables, phonographic magnetic cartridges, and other audio equipment.


Company history

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ATH-M50 headphones

Audio-Technica was established in 1962 in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, by Hideo Matsushita as a phonograph cartridge manufacturer. Its first products were the AT-1 and the AT-3 MM stereo phono cartridges. Business rapidly developed and Audio-Technica expanded into other fields. The headquarters and factory moved in 1965 to the current address in Naruse, Machida, Tokyo. [1] In 1969, the company began exporting phono cartridges worldwide and launched the first microcassette recorders. [2]

In 1972, Audio-Technica established its US arm in Fairlawn, Ohio, and started shipping VM phono cartridges to European manufacturers. In 1974, the company developed its first headphones, the AT-700 series, launched the same year. The AT-800 series of microphones were introduced in 1978 and in the same year the UK establishment in Leeds began operation. [1]

In 1984, Audio-Technica introduced the ASM50 Nigirikko, a nigiri-forming appliance for home kitchens. [3] The market success of this product led the company to develop a range of sushi machinery for commercial and industrial use. [4]

In 1986, the company developed RCA cables with high-purity copper produced from the continuous metal casting process (PCOCC), invented and developed between 1982 and 1985 by Atsumi Ohno. [5] In the same year, the company launched the AT33ML/OCC phono cartridge, the first made with PCOCC materials. In 1988, another Audio-Technica subsidiary is founded in Taiwan. [1]

In 1990s, Audio-Technica introduced several large-diaphragm condenser microphones for studio use: the AT4033 cardioid microphone in 1991, [1] the AT4050 multi-pattern in 1995, [6] and the AT4060 vacuum tube cardioid microphone in 1998; [7] the AT895, a DSP-controlled five-element microphone array providing adaptive directional audio acquisition, was introduced in 1999. [1] In 1996, the Southeast Asian establishment began operation in Singapore. [1]

In 2008, the company celebrated the 20th anniversary of supplying microphones for US Presidential Debates. For their 50th anniversary, Audio-Technica celebrated at Consumer Electronics Show 2012, debuting their AT-LP1240-USB USB DJ Turntable [8] and ATH-CKS55i. [9]

In 2017, Audio-Technica Pure Digital Drive Wireless Headphone ATH-DSR9BT received CES Innovation Honoree Awards [10] by using Trigence Dnote Technology. [11]

Audio equipment supplier

Since the late 1990s, Audio-Technica supplied microphones and headphones for US television shows such as the Big Brother , Deal or No Deal , the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions and several international events:

1996–present Summer Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 [12]
2002–present Winter Olympic Games Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014, Pyeongchang 2018 [12]
1998–2013 Grammy Awards 1998–2013 [13]
2019 MotoGP 2019 [14]


An Audio-Technica AT815a shotgun microphone Shotgun microphone.jpg
An Audio-Technica AT815a shotgun microphone
An Audio-Technica AT95E moving magnet phono cartridge, commonly distributed with inexpensive turntables AT-95e MM phono cartridge.jpg
An Audio-Technica AT95E moving magnet phono cartridge, commonly distributed with inexpensive turntables

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.[ citation needed ]

In 2005, Audio-Technica developed "Uniguard", a method for making microphones resistant to radio frequency interference from cell phones, Bluetooth 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. [15] [16] [17]

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