AKG, full name in German: (Akustische und Kino-Gerate Gesellschaft m.b.H) is an Austrian vocal equipment manufacturer, the main products include microphones, headphones, wireless audio equipment. AKG’s most prestigious products in professional audio are professional headphones and microphones. It is also known as the world’s four major headphones brands with Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, and Grado.
In 1947, Dr. Rudolf Goerike and Ernst Pless founded AKG’s Akustische und Kino-Geraete, which means sound and film equipment. As its name suggests, the company’s initial business was to develop and manufacture sound effects equipment such as photographs and loudspeakers for institutions such as cinemas. In the same year, the two also produced the company’s first microphone C1, but only six were produced throughout the year. Click here Two years later, based on this product, the epoch-making C12 tube microphone was born. Its first users include the famous BBC radio station, which is still in production today because of its excellent performance.
In 1945, after World War II, Vienna was occupied by the Allies, and the war almost destroyed Vienna. As the reconstruction began, history opened a new page. The two virtuous Viennese met again. They had some cooperation before the war. At this time they had the same idea: people need to go to the cinema to forget the troubles of life. But most of the cinemas in Vienna have been destroyed in the war, and the good equipment is hard to find. “That, let’s do something together.” They are Dr. Rudolf Goerike and Ing. Ernst Pless.
In 1945, Dr. Rudolf Goerike and Ing. Ernst Pless founded a company in Vienna that produced film equipment and speakers, called “Photophot”, and in 1946 launched the first dynamic microphone series Dyn60. The following year, “Photophon” or “Phonophat” was founded with five employees and the “headquarters” was located in a basement on the outskirts of Vienna. At this time many companies have similar names, so the founders then chose the name “Akustische U Kino-Gerate” (Acoustic and Film Equipment), which is abbreviated as “AKG”. At the beginning of 1949, AKG’s first microphone D10 entered the radio, theater and jazz club. This is the first of AKG’s dynamic microphones, all handmade, very beautiful, it is already a very expensive collection. In 1949, AKG’s first professional dynamic headphones came out. This is the K120Dyn. The K120Dyn is a typical headphone image of that era, a cylindrical metal case, a rubber ear pad, and a thin, rotatable headband. Limited by the conditions at the time, the output of this headset is very small, but today, more than half a century later, this is a milestone in the history of AKG’s development. Since then, AKG has occupied a place in the field of professional headphones and has been developed to today, becoming a world-class professional manufacturer of professional headphones.
In 1949, the first type of earphone K120 was developed. In the 1950s, AKG made a new breakthrough in microphone technology and developed a mobile voice coil transducer and a large load of vibration film to improve the low-frequency performance of the microphone. Based on this, the D12 microphone was introduced in 1953, which is the world’s first heart-shaped pointing dynamic microphone. With the expansion of business, AKG has also begun to enter the international market. In 1955, its first overseas branch was established in Germany. AKG also sold its products to Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America. In the 1950s, AKG developed standard studio equipment with great success, such as the portable BX10 microphone and the mixing microphone DX11.
In 1959, the K50 was born. It is the world’s first open-ear earphone. The shape is very small, the sound quality is good at the time, so it quickly became a hot product.
After the 1960s, AKG gained more and more recognition for its excellent quality. Many AKG cinema audio equipment was used in the 1964 Winter Olympics. Due to the emergence and development of television sets, AKG decided to abandon cinema equipment in 1965 to produce audio facilities for personal use, and the company name changed to AKG Acoustics. The representative works of this period are like the world’s first two-channel heart-shaped microphones D202 and D224. In the late 1960s, AKG continued to expand in Europe. In the past 68 years, Switzerland and the UK branch were established. In 1970, its revenue reached An unprecedented 200 million Austrian shillings.
In 1969, AKG made persistent efforts to introduce the K180, a headset called SCC (Subjective Controlled Sound) that allows for subjective control of sound. This earphone can adjust its sounding unit by adjusting the bolt, so that the sound field can be freely adjusted, allowing the listener to choose the “position in the concert hall”. And its retro appearance, let people wear like a pilot, still many people still remember.
In 1977, Prius, one of the founders of the company, left AKG and joined his father’s plastics company. After that, the organizational structure of Ai Technology has changed, and companies such as Philips have begun to invest in Love Technology. In the same year, the company had 800 employees and it can produce 20,000 microphones per week. In 1984, Aitech entered the Vienna stock market and sold it to the public. The founder of the company, Dr. Rudolf, holds about a quarter of the shares, and the remaining shares are usually held by banks or other financial institutions. AKG began to enter the US market in the mid-1980s, and in 1985 it established its branch in the United States. In the early 1990s, the company’s performance declined, and in 1992, it lost money for the first time. In the mid-1990s, the company changed its previous high-priced route and began to introduce low-cost sound equipment. At the beginning of the 21st century, the company began to open up an emerging market for cheap home recording equipment. The expansion of its product line has also transformed Ai’s production model. One-tenth of its products were manufactured by other manufacturers in 1997, and by the year 2000, it had become 45%.
In 1978, another classic AKG K340 was launched. Since the surface of its dynamic unit is coated with a layer of 20μm thick gold, the diaphragm is very rigid and does not produce segmentation distortion. At the same time, the K340 is also used from the diaphragm system: below the 200Hz, the diaphragm is closed, the low frequency is full, and it can be dive to 16Hz; the 200Hz is open from the diaphragm, so that the upper part of the low frequency can be naturally improved and a good sense of space is obtained. The sound of the K340 is the traditional sound base of AKG. The biggest advantage is the perfect mid-range, moist and warm, without a glitch. In 1993, the K340 was discontinued, but now it is still seen in some second-hand markets.
Since its founding in the music town of Austria in 1947, AKG has more than 1,400 patented technologies to date. With its largest, most complete and most efficient laboratory, AKG is committed to providing the purest, The most natural sound quality microphone and headphones. AKG microphones and headphones have expanded from music studios and performance stages to consumers, newsrooms, Hollywood film studios, and even outer space.
AKG microphones and headphones have made a great contribution to the successful global tour of the world’s most famous musicians and the professional recording of the studio. Quincy Jones, the legend of the music industry, used AKG equipment to produce his most famous albums and recordings, including the “We Are the World” in the 1980s. In 2010, Quincy Jones teamed up with Harman to launch the signature series of AKG headphones. In January 2010, Harman’s AKG brand won the prestigious Art Prize and won the Technical Grammy Award at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. AKG’s commitment to innovation and excellence in product design and R&D, as well as its contribution to music recording, performance art, and sound science, has been recognized by Grammy.
In 1989, AKG released the Hi-End flagship K1000, which AKG called the “Head Speaker System” – a headphone system.
The K1000 is a headset that is completely open without earmuffs. Its charm has conquered the hearts of hundreds of millions of enthusiasts and sound engineers. This is by no means a rumor. Until today, it is still one of the best dynamic headphones, and it is rarely a few dynamic headphones that can compete with high-end electrostatic headphones.
AKG, a well-known headset manufacturer of the HARMAN Group, released two heavyweight products, K3003 and K550, on September 1, 2011, in Los Angeles and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Among them, people’s attention to the K3003 is almost crazy, because according to the official introduction, the K3003 will be a flagship earphone specially designed for “crazy enthusiasts.” Moreover, the price of this earplug is as high as 12,000 yuan, even exceeding the price of custom earplugs, and it is also a masterpiece of AKG subverting the traditional earphone market.
Like any successful brand, AKG headphones have their own characteristics.
First, the structure, AKG headphones use an adaptive headband and suspension drive, lightweight, can adapt to different people’s head shape makes the headset easy to use, comfortable to wear.
Second, in terms of technology, AKG’s earphone technology is stable and durable, and it is rare to hear useful homes complaining that AKG’s headphones are prone to small problems or short life. (except K540)
Third, in terms of sound, AKG’s earphones are best at playing classical music. The sound of the deep classical complex, the fragrant classical atmosphere is not available in other headphones brands, which grows in Vienna with AKG designers. This music is not unrelated. The rich experience of live listening, recording experience and appreciation of classical music by the older generation of designers is unmatched by the younger generation. The IFG headphones’ IF and sound fields are two prominent aspects: the IF playback is almost impeccable, with good resolution and small dynamic playback, and the playback vocals have a unique charm; the sound field of the AKG headphones has always been a human Weighed: wide, accurate, clear and stable. Fortunately, not only high-end AKG headphones have the above advantages, but also low-end products such as K55, K66, K70, K100, and K450. These advantages are only a difference.
Fourth, the design is more elegant and artistic. The appearance of AKG professional headphones is simple and muscular. HIFI headphones adopt different designs according to their different sounds. For example, K501 is a good choice for playing classical music. The appearance is gray-based, decorated with gold, noble and elegant. The K401 is designed for pop music and is finished in black with silver. For the more fashionable low-end headphones, such as the K70-based K70PC and Funline series, the color shell is used. The wireless headphones are different in color and shape, which caters to the young people’s desire for new beauty. AKG’s packaging design is also good, simple and unified, the color is used properly, the packaging of KX01 series headphones is a masterpiece.
Today, AKG is known as the “Armani” of the audio industry and is known worldwide for its master industrial technology and deep musical heritage. According to the American Billboard magazine, 90% of the world’s recording studios are using AKG’s professional headphones and microphones; the National Theatre and the National Concert Hall have designated AKG’s professional equipment; since 2003, all BENZ models have used AKG products. Today, AKG has become a professional brand standing on the top of the world’s top headphones with its own efforts and unremitting pursuit of HIFI spirit.