Cool video on the history of BeyerDynamicUSA from 1920’s early loudspeakers to headphones to modern mics

beyerdynamic – Once and today

1924 Foundation of Elektrotechnische Fabrik Eugen Beyer in Berlin. The young engineer started with the development and production of loudspeakers for the upcoming soundfilm.
1937 Serial production of the first dynamic headphones, the DT 48, starts. They were in production till the end of 2012.
1939 beyerdynamic presents the first dynamic microphone for studio use, the M 19. It made history as the standard microphone of the “Reichsrundfunkgesellschaft” (Germany’s national broadcasting station).
1953 A revolutionary development for record shops: the DT 49 “stick” headphone gave rise to the famous disc bars.
1962 Production of the “transistophone”, the first wireless microphone starts.
1963 The newly developed M 88 directional microphone is selected as the only microphone for Queen Elizabeth’s first official visit to Australia.
1966 As exclusive microphone for the first Beatles tour through Germany, the E 1000 made the breakthrough. In those days only insiders knew that is was a ribbon microphone from beyerdynamic which had been delivered as OEM product to a supplier for orchestra electronics.
1969 The M 500 ribbon microphone proves that the lacking ruggedness of ribbon microphones, described in old textbooks, is definitely a thing of the past.
1973 Launch of the DT 204 quadrophonic headphones.
1974 The first Tour Guide System „Informaphone FSE 20“ has been presented.
1976 Introduction of the ET 1000, the first electrostatic headphones, developed and manufactured in Germany.
1980 The DT 880 dynamic headphones with electrostatic performance becomes the classic of the headphones premium line.
1985 The new DT 770 and DT 990 Premium Line headphones which feature a so-called “diffuse-field equalized” frequency response are suited for audiophiles. With the MC 740 studio condenser microphone featuring switch selectable directional patterns, beyerdynamic now joins the manufacturers of the very best products in this field.
1987 An 18-channel wireless set is used in the production of the hit musical “Cats” in Amsterdam.
1988 The exclusive headset used at the Olympic Games in Seoul/Korea is the beyerdynamic DT 108/DT 109.
1989 Extremely robust and high-volume TG-X microphones, the world’s first dynamic microphone series with neodymium magnet for musicians was introduced into the market.
1990 With the MC 742 stereo studio condenser microphone beyerdynamic illustrates the continued high quality and innovative beyerdynamic products.
1995 At the International Music Fair in Frankfurt / Germany, the U 600 is presented, beyerdynamic’s first PLL synthesised UHF wireless system. Designed to meet the demands of professional broadcasters the DT 200 series of headsets is introduced. The DT 531 Hi-Fi headphone is awarded the Diapason d’Or in France.
1996 With the RSS 433 wireless headphone music can now be enjoyed indoors or outside. The world’s smallest studio microphone, the MCE 7 is launched to complement our range of clip-on microphones.
1997 The MCD 100, the world’s first digital studio microphone is presented at the 100th AES convention in Copenhagen. In Germany, the musical “The Beauty and the Beast” was equipped with a 32-channel U 600 UHF-system.
1998 beyerdynamic introduces the MCS and MCW digitally controlled conference systems. The MCW is the world’s first wireless discussion system in series, a milestone of the still young Conference technology segment. The SMS 600 Stereo-In-Ear-Monitoring-System is another technical innovation for complete freedom of movement for musicians or broadcast presenters.
1999 The condenser microphone range is extended with the MCE 90 series. The development of the MCD 100 digital microphone is continued with the introduction of the MCD 801/803/805. Germany’s new parliament in Berlin, the Bundestag, is equipped with beyerdynamic’s digital microphones.
2000 The new Opus range is a cohesive family of products optimised for music performance. Guided tours or simultaneous translations are made easy with the new TTS 30 communication system.
2001 beyerdynamic launches the MCW Digital, the first wireless and digital encrypted conference system. This system features numerous intelligent details and is safe against unauthorised listening due to digital encryption.
2002 beyerdynamic presents the new generation of gooseneck microphones. The modern design of the SHM 200 and SHM 800 series blends into the architectural environment perfectly. The new MC 930 is a cardioid true condenser microphone for stage and studio at an excellent price/performance ratio. At this year´s FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan the matches are reported with the new beyerdynamic DT 297 headset.
2003 The new wireless microphone series Opus 800 with “Automatic Channel Targeting“ function is presented.
2004 By using the steno-s Conference and Recording Software, meetings and discussions can be recorded on PC and file the minutes later on a CD or in a network. For the first time the patented “Ear Patron” hearing protection technology is implemented in the SIS interpretation system.
2005 Start of the world’s first MANUFAKTUR online manufacture for headphones which allows individual configuration of the premium headphones DT 770, DT 880, DT 990.
2006 The new Opus 900 wireless system is introduced for the professional touring and installation range. The HS 300 pilot headset is launched and the new Aviation business unit is established. The portfolio is complemented with efficient, digital wired components and individual, customised conference solutions due to the take-over of the conference technology specialist interkom in Hanover, Germany. The first mobile headphone system which allows professional monitoring with virtual 5.1 reproductions is called “Headzone” and sets new standards for studio applications. The newly patented conference microphone unit called “Revoluto” – wired and digital – provides a corridor characteristic and features a perfect voice transmission without gooseneck microphone.
2007 The world’s first HS 600 DANR headset with digital noise reduction for communication in cockpits is launched and gains additional market shares for beyerdynamic. Based on the microphone capsule of the MC 930 true condenser microphone beyerdynamic developed with the TG-X 930 a top class vocal microphone and pushed forward into the upper regions of this product segment. With Headzone Gaming and Headzone Home the technology of the surround headphone becomes available for the private use at home.
2008 With the addition of the Gaming and Aviation headsets to the MANUFAKTUR, the individual, customised manufacturing, beyerdynamic underlines the “Handmade in Germany” brand management. The co-operation with the furniture manufacture Rosenthal-Einrichtung results in the launch of a common product – a conference table with integrated microphone unit.
2009 The M(y)88 MANUFAKTUR allowed manufacturing the classic M 88 TG microphone according to contemporary designs or individual ideas of the artist. Beyerdynamic won the internationally acknowledged “red dot design award” in the category Product Design 2009. Beyerdynamic accepts the challenge of modern communication and complements the conference range with a wireless Revoluto version. The T1 is the latest top model of the premium line. It is the first headphone of a new generation, the so-called Tesla headphones with newly designed acoustic transducers.
2010 The T 50 p – the first mobile headphone with tesla technology made in germany – wins the EISA Award and becomes “Mobile Headphone of the Year in Europe”. With DT 1350 beyerdynamic presents the first studio-headphone with tesla technology.