From mi­cro­phones to pro­fes­sional-grade studio head­phones, AKG has had amaz­ing au­dio in its DNA for seven decades

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Chances are, the world’s best-sell­ing mu­si­cians heard their most fa­mous tracks played back for the first time through AKG® studio head­phones. AKG de­liv­ers the pow­er­ful, undis­torted sound that mu­sic pro­fes­sion­als have re­lied on for al­most 70 years, pro­duc­ing some of the truest, most nu­anced and most nat­u­ral-sound­ing head­phones and mi­cro­phones in the his­tory of au­dio.

Founded in 1947, AKG Acous­tics was the brain­child of physicist Dr. Ru­dolf Görike and engi­neer Ernst Pless, whose fledg­ling com­pany made ev­ery­thing from car horns to mi­cro­phones used in jazz clubs and ra­dio sta­tions across post-war Europe. AKG’S acous­tic ex­per­tise ex­panded to in­clude its pro­fes­sional-qual­ity head­phones, which be­gan pro­duc­tion in 1949. Ten years later, AKG pro­duced the K50s, the world’s first open-backed, supra-au­ral head­phones.

In 2010, AKG’S un­sur­passed au­dio ex­per­tise was ac­knowl­edged by the in­dus­try when it scooped its first Tech­ni­cal Grammy Award. But as more than 1,400 in­ter­na­tional patent ap­pli­ca­tions sug­gest, AKG tech­nol­ogy has a rich his­tory of tak­ing the in­dus­try in new direc­tions. Wel­come to the fu­ture.

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