Audio-Technica Corporation
Private KK
Industry Audio equipment manufacturing
Founded Shinjuku, Tokyo (1962 (1962))
Founder Hideo Matsushita
Headquarters Machida, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Kazuo Matsushita (President)

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

Company history

ATH-M50 headphones

Audio-Technica was established in 1962 in 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.[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[2] and ATH-CKS55i.[3] Their booth also featured a dubstep dance video, "Audio 911",[4] by dancer Marquese "Nonstop" Scott produced by video production company The DVI Group.[5]

Awards and notable uses


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, 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.[9][10][11]

An Audio-Technica AT815a shotgun microphone
An Audio-Technica AT-95e MM phono cartridge

Notable products

Air Dynamic Series - circumaural audiophile open air headphones

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2009-11-25. Retrieved April 3, 2014
  2. Fenlon, Wesley (2012-01-12). "Article about Audio-Technica's 2012 CES presence". Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  3. "Audio Technica 2012 CES Press Release about ATH-CKS55i Headphones". Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  4. ""Audio 911": Audio-Technica's Consumer Headphones Release Video. Marquese 'Nonstop' Scott". 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  5. "Press Release of Audio-Technica debuting 'Audio 911'". 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  6. "Audio-Technica". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  7. Retrieved April 3, 2014
  8. "Audio-Technica - About". Audio-Technica. Archived from the original on 3 November 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2009.
  9. "Sound & Video Contractor, January 1, 2006. John McJunkin. ''Audio-Technica UniPoint Line'': New improvements to a solid and reliable line of microphones". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  10. Audio Courses dot com. Audio-Technica Provides UniGuard RFI Protection for New Engineered Sound Integ Archived September 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. "Audio Technica. ''Audio-Technica's UniGuard technology'': Protection from Radio Frequency Interference". Retrieved 2013-12-01.

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