The company operates in Austria, and was founded in Vienna in 1947 by two Viennese, physicist Dr. Rudolf Görike and engineer Ernst Pless.
Originally, its main business was to provide technical equipment for cinemas: loudspeakers, film projectors and light meters. The business slowly expanded and AKG started selling car horns, door intercoms, carbon capsules for telephones, headsets and cushion speakers. The first AKG microphone was used by radio stations, theaters, jazz clubs and cabarets.
About this time, the company developed its first patents, the moving coil technology and the principle of mass load membranes, allowing its products to have extended frequency ranges.
With the creation of the D12 microphone in 1953, AKG achieved international fame, setting the standard for voice transmissions. Being the world's first dynamic cardioid microphone, it possessed excellent sonic qualities for that time, making its way into radio stations and recording studios from across the world. The product was improved through subsequent upgrades, spanning the famous C414 and C12 microphones.
In 1984, AKG became a public company, listed on the Vienna stock exchange. As a blue chip company, it was one of the most traded stocks.
The company was acquired by the American company Harman International Industries in 1994. By this time, AKG's United States subsidiary had been established (in Los Angeles in 1985). AKG Acoustics USA, still headquartered in the San Fernando Valley, also houses regional offices for Crown Audio, another Harman Industries subsidiary.
In 2010, the company received the prestigious Technical Grammy award.
1955: The first postwar Salzburg Festival (Austria) uses AKG microphones. A unidirectional microphone is specifically designed for Herbert von Karajan.
1955: Hans Hass uses AKG products to shoot his first underwater sound movie “Adventures in the Red Sea” which won first prize at the “Biennale” biannual film festival in Venice, Italy.
1972: A special stamp is issued by the British Post Office commemorating the 50th anniversary of the BBC showing historical microphones including several AKG models.
1991: AKG takes to the stars when the "Audimir" space project uses AKG products for room simulation in outer space (space station MIR).
1997: AKG Wireless Mics are used on the "Arctic Northeast" project for the Austrian Broadcasting Company, providing quality and reliable performance even at low arctic temperatures.
1999: Remix of Caruso's voice is completed with Hearo 777s.
2003: Leading novelist Dan Brown mentions AKG headphones in two of his best-selling novels: "The Da Vinci Code" and "Deception Point".
2006: AKG provides quality sound for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
2007: AKG celebrates its 60th anniversary and starts the next phase of worldwide expansion.
2008: AKG is honored with Austrian Export Award 2008.