In 1945 Berlin, shortly after the end of WWII, Dr. Fritz Sennheiser founded a small electronics company that he called Laboratorium Wennebostal. Often affectionately referred to as "Labor W," the small, half-timbered house not far from "Checkpoint Charlie," grew from a meager manufacturer of testing equipment and measuring devices to one of the largest producers of professional and high end consumer audio products in the world.
In 1946, as per the request of the electronics company Siemens, Sennheiser designed their first microphone and supplied Siemens with the DM1. The following year, Sennheiser released the much more sophisticated and commercially successful DM2. In 1949, the first noise compensating microphone, the DM4, was developed along with the DM3 where the sound port and transducer were separated, coining the nickname the "Invisible Microphone."
Sennheiser's designs continued to innovate, branching out into the manufacturing of amplifiers and more sophisticated microphones, and in 1968, developed the world's first open headphones: the HD 414. The HD 414 headphones proved to be a smashing commercial success that prompted an adapted version by NASA, not to mention a license from a then small Japanese company named Sony who ended up using the headphones for release with the revolutionary device: The Walkman.
In 1991, Sennheiser began distributing products from another family-owned German company, Neumann, bringing arguably the finest microphone manufacturer in the world into the Sennheiser family.
Today, Sennheiser products are widely considered to be world class and industry standard in nearly all fields of professional audio production. The ENG100 series as well as the MKH 416 are also considered industry standard for electronic news gathering, field audio production, location sound for professional video and film production, in addition to post production and voice-over work.
Few companies have impacted the technology of personal electronics and/or professional audio like Sennheiser, and as they continue to invent and innovate, we here at Sonic Electronix are honored to bring these products to you.