Last updated
Type Corporation
Founded Japan (1910) as Nippon 'DENki ONkyo Kabushikigaisha
Key people
Frederick Whitney Horn, founder
ProductsAudio, visual
Parent Sound United LLC

Denon (株式会社デノン, Kabushiki Kaisha Denon) is a Japanese electronics company started in 1910 by Frederick Whitney Horn, an American entrepreneur. Denon produced the first cylinder audio media in Japan and players to play them. Decades later, Denon was involved in the early stages of development of digital audio technology, while specializing in the manufacture of high-fidelity professional and consumer audio equipment. Denon made Japan's first professional disc recorder and used it to record the Hirohito surrender broadcast. For many decades, Denon was a brand name of Nippon-Columbia, including the Nippon Columbia record label. The Denon brand came from a merger of Denki Onkyo (not to be confused with the other Onkyo) and others in 1939. In 2001, Denon was spun off as a separate company with 98% held by Ripplewood Holdings and 2% by Hitachi. In 2002, Denon merged with Marantz to form D&M Holdings. On March 1, 2017, Sound United LLC completed the acquisition of D+M Holdings.



The company was initially named Nippon Denki Onkyō Kabushikigaisha (日本電氣音響株式會社, Japan Electric Sound Company), which was shortened to Denon. The company is actively involved with sound systems and electric appliance production. Later the company merged with other related companies and as a result of this the company name became Denon.

There followed a number of mergers and tie-ins over the next few decades as firstly the company merged with Japan-US Recorders Manufacturing in 1912, and then in 1928 the brand "Columbia" was introduced when the company became Japan Columbia Recorders. A further change of name occurred in 1946 when the company renamed itself Nippon Columbia. [1]

The Denon brand was first established in 1947 when Nippon Columbia merged with Japan Denki Onkyo. [2] D&M Holdings Inc. was created in May 2002 when Denon Ltd and Marantz Japan Inc. merged. On March 1, 2017, Sound United LLC completed the acquisition of D+M Holdings. [3]

Today, the company specializes in professional and consumer home cinema and audio equipment including A/V receivers, Blu-ray players, tuners, headphones, and wireless music systems. Denon is also known for high-end AV receivers and moving coil phonograph cartridges. Two M-series models, the Denon M31 and M30, were the most successful radio hi-fi's in the mid-2000s.[ citation needed ] Since being released to the micro hi-fi DAB market, they have received several awards in Europe.[ citation needed ]

Product timeline

Denon DX1/90 audio cassette tape Denon dx1 90 c1.jpg
Denon DX1/90 audio cassette tape
Denon DL-110&160, High output MC-pickups (since 1984) Denon DL-110 and DL-160 phono cartridges (19060163236).jpg
Denon DL-110&160, High output MC-pickups (since 1984)
Denon RDS receiver DRA-1000 (1999-2001) Hifi Denon DRA1000.jpg
Denon RDS receiver DRA-1000 (1999-2001)
Denon AV (High End Munich, 2009) Denon AV-equipmnt HighEnd-2009 3556324535crop.jpg
Denon AV (High End Munich, 2009)

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