Sennheisers outstanding products have made the company to on of the most successful in Germany.
The German company Sennheiser GmbH & Co. KG was founded as “Labor Wennebostel” in 1945 only weeks after WW II hat ended. Professor Dr.-Ing. Fritz Sennheiser and a handful of engineers and technicians concentrated on developing high quality microphones. The first product, the microphone MD-2 went into production in 1947
In 1958 the company was renamed “Sennheiser Electronic”. In 1961 Sennheiser made the first answering machine for Telefunken. 1968 Sennheiser made the first open headphones worldwide, the HD 414 is the most sold headphone to date. In 1975 Sennheiser was the first to use infrared technology. In 1982 the Sennheiser wireless classic SKM 4031-TV built the foundations for further wireless microphones in the years after. In 1982 the company leadership was given to Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser. By his retiring father Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser.
From the mid 80´s complex equipment like Sennheiser wireless microphones, Sennheiser wireless headphones and Sennheiser conference system were developed.
In 2001 the worlds smallest professional pocket transmitter, the SK 5012 was developed.
The one man business has turned in to a large company with more then 1.600 employees. The Sennheiser group furthermore consists of the studio microphone specialist George Neumann GmbH, Berlin, the K+H development & distribution corporation (Loudspeakers & Studio monitors) and the Joint Venture Sennheiser Communications, from Denmark make headsets for the PC-, office- and call-centre-markets.
The headquarters of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG are still located in Wennebostel, which is now part of the municipality of Wedemark. The company also has production sites at its second German location in Burgdorf (electronics manufacturing, wireless technology), as well as in Tullamore, Ireland (headphones production) and Albuquerque, USA (wireless technology for the American. The long list of innovations and patents is as long as the companies’ history and shows the immense invitational strength of the company.
Sennheisers main priority has always been research and development and its seen as an important investment in to the future. The miniaturizing is a permanent challenge for the development team at Sennheiser. Products are getting smaller and smaller whilst they continually have to meet higher demands. Micro mechanic technology enables a new approach to acoustic problems e.g. the selective appliance of joints for microphone membranes. The competence of the engineers in resurch and development to bring new ideas to the market, confirms the companies leading role as a driving force in electro acoustics.