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This division of Panasonic Corporation (also known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.) produces a number of audio products including headphones, turntables, CD players, speakers, amplifiers and receivers. Their headquarters are in Osaka, Japan.

Brief History of Technics

Pronounced tech-neeks and not as tech-nicks as many people believe, Technics was founded in 1969. This division of Panasonic, a company that has a long history in electronics dating back to 1918, Technics became a household name following the release of their upscale direct-drive turntable geared for professionals.

Konosuke Matsushita founded his company, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., offering lamp sockets to the public. Only after WWII did the company turn to radio production as a means for making a living. Matsushita teamed up with his brother-in-law, the founder of Sanyo, to create radio parts. Over the years, the company evolved manufacturing a number of products including household appliances and electronics.

Until 1980, professional DJs and musicians used most of Technics products. In the 1980s, Technics launched equipment priced for consumers. Their consumer products gained a decent following, including their headphones.

In recent years, Panasonic cut back on some of Technics’ product production. Currently, Technics only develops DJ headphones, turntables and mixers. Headphones remain one of Technics’ most successful items.

Development of Technics’ Headphones

Through the years, Technics and Panasonic experienced a number of changes.

Technics attended the 2004 M3 Music Summit in Florida. There they received incredible response from a number of today’s biggest DJs.

Panasonic’s wireless headphones were released in 2005. The headphones changed home theater by allowing listeners to sit far from their equipment.

In January 2008, Panasonic developed a line of noise blocking ear bud headphones that block close to 90 percent of ambient sounds. Research has found them to be extremely effective at blocking engine sounds.

Technics newest model, the DH1200, comes with an impressive 3,500 megawatts of power. Thicker padding on the headband makes them more comfortable than previous models. In addition, the cable is completely detachable from the earcups for easy replacement.

Most recently, Panasonic teamed up with Ryan Scheckler of MTV to create a line of over-the-ear headphones that fit the needs of music aficionados.

Technics’ Best-selling Models

Technics focuses their headphone production on DJ and professional models. These over-the-head headphones focus on superior sound quality and comfort.

RP-DJ1200: RP-DJ1200 converts easily to single-sided or two-sided listening formats. Earcups fold out of the way for one-ear listening or convert back to a standard configuration with ease. With a frequency response of 8 Hz to 30 kHz, sound quality is pristine regardless of volume.

RP-F550: Very affordably priced, Technics’ RP-F550 offer high-end features at a consumer-friendly price. Earcups reverse for single-sided listening and are padded with extra foam to block out ambient sounds. F550s also feature gold-plated plugs in two sizes.









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