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.
GOLD NOTE from the Tuscan Montespertoli (Florence) has been around since 2012. The team around the founder Maurizio Aterini today develops a series of high-quality audio components in a distinctive, elegant design.
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. hifi12a is an authorized Nagaoka dealer.
'Phasemation' stands for 'phase' and 'information' and is the audio brand of the Japanese company Kyodo Denshi Engineering Co., Ltd. based in Yokohama. The technological roots of the enterprise are to develop and manufacture electronic measurement instruments. This technology is also the basis for manufacturing exquisite audio dequipments where accurate phase characteristics are required.
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.
The history of Thorens begins in Sainte-Croix in the Swiss Jura in 1883, when Hermann Thorens had the company entered in the commercial register. The purpose of the company is the manufacture of music boxes and musical works. In 1957 the era of turntables began, which brought the Thorens brand to world fame. In the 1990s, the company, like other record player producers, suffered tremendously from the pressure of the CD. Heinz Rohrer, a Swiss businessman, acquires the trademark rights and becomes Thorens owner. In April 2018, Rohrer sold the company to the former ELAC managing director Gunter Kürten due to a lack of succession planning. On May 1, 2018, the newly founded Thorens GmbH in Bergisch Gladbach commences business operations. hifi12a is authorized Thorens dealer.