HARMAN’s AKG in Vienna, Austria, is celebrating its 65th company anniversary in June 2012. Founded in 1947 by Viennese physicist Dr. Rudolf Görike and Viennese engineer Ernst Pless, Akustische und Kino-Geräte Gesellschaft mbH, shortened to AKG in 1965, is among the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality headphones, microphones and wireless systems for professional users. Since 1993, AKG has been a part of HARMAN, distributing its premium products in more than 140 countries.
When founded, AKG’s core business was to equip cinemas with loudspeakers, film projectors and light meters. Görike build the loudspeakers and projectors with a team of five employees in a small rented basement. Pless supplied the cinemas with the finished products in exchange, more often than not, for food or cigarettes, rather than currency. In years following, the product range became more tailored to markets in high demand, such as car horns, door intercoms, carbon capsules for telephones, second headsets for phones and cushion speakers. Radio stations, theaters, jazz clubs and cabarets used the first homemade AKG microphones within the first year of the company’s conception.
Visit AKG at www.akg.com.