Hideo Matsushita, a phonograph cartridge manufacturer, established the Audio-Technica in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, on 1962. The company’s first products were the AT-1 and AT-3 MM stereo phono cartridges. Audio Technica developed rapidly and expanded into other fields. In 1965, the headquarters and factory moved to Naruse, Machida, Tokyo. Then, the company launched the first micro cassette recorders and began exporting phono cartridges worldwide in 1969.
In 1972, the US arm of Audio-Technica was established in Fairlawn, Ohio. It started shipping VM phono cartridges to European manufacturers. Two years after, the company developed the AT-700 series, their first headphones. In 1978, the AT-800 series of microphones were introduced, and the UK establishment in Leeds started their operation.
Through the continuous metal casting process, Atsumi Ohno developed the pure copper RCA cables in 1986. In the same year, the company introduced the AT33ML/OCC phono cartridge. Then two years later, Audio-Technica had another subsidiary in Taiwan.
From 1990 to 1998, the company launched the large-diaphragm condenser microphones: AT4033 (cardioid type), AT4050 (multi-pattern), AT4060 (vacuum tube), and the AT895 (DSP-controlled five-element microphone array). In 1996, Audio-Technica began operation in Singapore.
For their 50th anniversary, Audio-Technica debuted their ATH-CKS55i and AT-LP1240-USB USB DJ Turntable. In 2017, they introduced ATH-DSR9BT, a pure digital drive wireless headphone. Using Trigence Dnote Technology, this device received a CES Honoree Awards.
For nearly 60 years, Audio-Technica has been providing top of the line products. When it comes to premium audio products, studio monitors, music enthusiasts, and the like, it is impossible not to sing your praise to this audio company.
Audio-Technica is well-established in creating studio headphones and different accouterments. Knowing their legacy, it’s hard to narrow the list to only five picks. For this section, I account for a wide variety of listeners who want an easy pair of earbuds to listen with.
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