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, Audio-Technica 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.
Audio-Technica microphones deliver versatile solutions at high-profile sports broadcasts, including the World Cup, the Super Bowl, and the Commonwealth Games, as well as the Summer Games in Beijing (2008), Athens (2004), Sydney (2000), and Atlanta (1996), and the Winter Games in Torino (2006) and Salt Lake City (2002).
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. Audio-Technica 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 - Audio-Technica 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 - Audio-Technica visible-laser collimator units are installed at Japan’s National Astronomical Observatory’s Nobeyama Radio Observatory.
1991 - Audio-Technica 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 headphones are used at all venues in the Atlanta Summer Games.
1998 - Audio-Technica 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. Audio-Technica sets a new price/performance standard in side-address microphone technology with the introduction of the AT2020 side-address studio cardioid condenser microphone.
2005 - Audio-Technica 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 Audio-Technica'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. Audio-Technica introduces ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint™ Noise-Cancelling Headphones that achieve 85% (20 dB) reduction in background noise while offering the superior audio quality that has made Audio-Technica a worldwide leader in electro-acoustic technology. 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 - Audio-Technica 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 branding initiative: experience more. Audio-Technica SpectraPulse® is used at the final 2008 Presidential Debate.
2009 - Audio-Technica 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. Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones win Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Award.
2010 - Audio-Technica continues its support of the world's finest athletes in Vancouver 2010.