The Audio-Technica corporation headquartered in Machida (Tokyo Prefecture/Japan) was founded in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita. The company, which has become known through the production of high-quality pickups, today also manufactures a number of other audio products (headphones, microphones, etc.) for both professional and consumer applications.
The Japanese studio equipment supplier looks back on a more than 100-year tradition in the manufacture of professional audio technology. 1963 the legendary DL -103 was introduced, which is still produced today. With the DL-103R, Denon in 2006 presented a technically revised version of his classic, creating a new milestone in terms of value for money.
The japanese company Dynavector, based in Tokyo, is one of the most renowned manufacturers of devices for record playback worldwide. Numerous products have become classics and inseparably linked to the history of audiophilic vinyl culture. hifi12a is authorized dealer of Dynavector.
EMT (Elektro-Mess-Technik) was founded in 1940 in Lahr/Germany and became famous by manufacturing professional turntables. In 1965, EMT launched the famous MC cartridge TSD 15, which was produced in many ten-thousand pieces and used in broadcast studios all over the world. In 1974, the portfolio was widened for hi-fi listeners and in 2006, the JSD series was introduced. Since 2014, all EMT cartridges are designed and manufactured in Switzerland.
Excalibur is the successful pickup own brand of the renowned audio distribution company TAD from the Upper Bavarian Aschau. The range includes a number of high-quality MC cartridges, all featuring an outstanding price/performance ratio.
The English company with German roots (founded in 1906 by brothers Scharf in Berlin) is one of the first addresses for fully pickup manufacturers. Goldring produces in a careful hand. The result of this effort are high-precision cartridges with a natural and balanced sound, characterized by a very clean and neutral music reproduction over the entire frequency range.
The Japanese needle producer was founded in 1940 as a specialist manufacturer of fine mechanical watches bearings. Today Nagaoka is one of the world's most prestigious companies in the precision machining of high-strength materials such as diamond and ceramic. The pickups are exemplars in terms of neutrality, sonic purity and detection reliability. Their linear cabinet also ensures a simple and precise adjustment on the tonearm.
Founded in 1918 as Electrical Phono Film Company, the Ortofon A/S from Danish Nakskov has become aworldwide institution in producing high quality phono components for professional and private use. Ortofon's cartridges are versatile in application, easy to handle and offer from entry level up to the high-end pickups always excellent value for money.
Minnesota-based Sumiko is one of the largest importers and distributors of hi-fi and high-end products in North America. For nearly 40 years, the company has been offering the best selection of pickups for the discerning analog enthusiast around the world. The list of cult models produced or imported is long. Over the past three decades, brands such as GRACE, KISEKEI, SUPEX, KOETSU, TALISMAN, ALCHEMEST or VIRTUOSO have been offered through SUMIKO's distribution channels.