In 1945 following World War II, Fritz Sennheiser and colleagues from Germany’s University of Hanover founded a workshop they called Labor W, after the village of Wennebostel, where it was based. The team of engineers were interested in developing electrical products and produced a voltmeter as their first offering.
Successful sales led to further innovation and in 1946, the team at Labor W started making microphones. The company was the first to create a noise-compensated microphone, which greatly improved sound production, and introduced this new technology in 1949. The 1950s were a period of rapid expansion for Labor W. In 1950, the brand produced its first microphone transformers and mixing amplifiers, and in 1952, launched a line of miniature headphones. From there the company began focusing on making its designs smaller and more compact and went on to make many new products, including a miniature transformer for hearing aids.
With more than 250 employees in 1958, the company opted to change its name to Sennheiser Electronics in honour of the workshop’s leader. To this day, Sennheiser remains a private, family-owned company, employing 2,100 people around the globe. The company has locations in 90 countries, and in Australia, is based in Chatswood, New South Wales. Its manufacturing facilities are located in Germany, Ireland and the United States.
With its product line based on audio equipment, Sennheiser has won numerous awards for innovation and design during its more than 65-year history. Most recently, the brand received a prestigious Red Dot design award for one of its Xbox headsets. Around the world, Sennheiser microphones are used by top musicians while on tour, and their products are also used for television broadcasting in many countries.
For home use, one of Sennheiser’s most popular ranges is its headphone collection. The company offers six types of headsets. The HiFi and TV range is designed for enjoying music and the audio tracks of your favourite television shows and movies. An example is the Sennheiser HD 201 Around-Ear Stereo Headphones, which are designed to produce theater-quality sound while still being lightweight and comfortable to wear.
The Sennheiser MP3 & Co. collection was developed to work with digital music players, including iPods, iPhones and MP3 players. Featuring earbud styles rather than full headphones, these models are meant for easy traveling and for producing the best digital quality sound possible. The Sennheiser CX 300-II Black In-Ear Headphones are one of the most popular styles in this MP3 & Co. range.
To round out its collection of fine quality headphones, Sennheiser offers an ultra durable sports collection, which was developed in cooperation with Adidas. The brand also produces headsets outfitted with microphones that are designed for online and console gaming. For those who are frequently on trains, buses and planes, the Traveler series is designed to completely block out all background noise, even in crowded, tight spaces. Sennheiser also produces a line of DJ headphones in its personal headset collection. All of the products in these speciality lines are designed to be ultra comfortable while still incredibly powerful.