Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG is a German privately held audio company specializing in the design and production of a wide range of high fidelity products, including microphones, headphones, telephone accessories and aviation headsets for personal, professional and business applications. The company’s head office is located in Wedemark, near Hanover, and the company is represented in more than 50 countries worldwide.

The company was founded in 1945, just a few weeks after the end of World War II, by Fritz Sennheiser (1912–2010) and seven fellow engineers of the University of Hannover in a laboratory called Laboratorium Wennebostel (shortened, “Lab W”).

In the late 1950s/early 1960s, Professor Sennheiser met a gentleman in the hospital by the name of Thomas Schillinger. Mr. Schillinger was tasked with starting Sennheiser’s presence in the United States. The culmination of this was a technical Oscar Award in 1987 at the 59th Academy Awards

The company began producing modern wireless microphones in 1982, the same year when founder Fritz Sennheiser handed the management of the company over to his son, Jörg Sennheiser. In 1987, the company was awarded at the 59th Academy Awards for its MKH 816 shotgun microphone.

Also in 1991, Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, which builds studio microphones, became a part of Sennheiser.

2005: acquired the speaker manufacturer Klein + Hummel.

In 2014: founded the new subsidiary “Sennheiser Streaming Technology GmbH (SST)”, which develops streaming solutions for software and hardware.

In 2019: acquired a majority stake in Dear Reality, a company that specializes in spatial audio algorithms and VR/AR audio software.

In 2021:  sold its consumer audio division to the Swiss based hearing aid manufacturer Sonova Group

Sennheiser has a total of four research and development sites in Germany, Switzerland, the US and Singapore. In addition, the Innovation Campus in Wennebostel opened in 2015 with 7,000 square meters of space. According to Sennheiser, the company invested a total of 60.5 million euros in research and development in 2018.

Sennheiser has been recording 9.1 music since 2010 and has developed an upmix algorithm that generates 9.1 music from conventional stereo recordings. The AMBEO Music Blueprints provide information about the recording, mixing and playback of live music in 3D audio. The first AMBEO product to be introduced in 2016 was the AMBEO VR Mic for professional VR/AR/XR sound recording. Sennheisser created the first augmented audio listening accessory for Magic Leap’s AR/VR goggles, the AMBEO AR One.

In 2002, founder Fritz Sennheiser received with the Audio Engineering Society’s gold medal.In 2004, Prof. Fritz was awarded the Diesel Medal of the German Institute for Inventions, the oldest innovation prize in Germany. In 2013, Sennheiser is honored with the Primetime Emmy Engineering Award, the Philo T. Farnsworth Award. The prize honors the company’s contribution to TV production technology.

In 2015, Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser receives the German Founder’s Prize in the Lifetime Achievement category.

In 2017, Dr. Andreas and Daniel are awarded the title Entrepreneur of The Year from Ernst and Young.

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