MEET YOUR MAKER
DENON, WHERE DOES THAT COME FROM?
It’s a contraction of Denshi Onko, which means electric
sound in Japanese
SOUNDS FAIRLY MODERN
The Denon brand actually dates back to 1938, but the company
goes way back, to 1910, when an American entrepreneur called Frederick Whitney
Horne set up the Nipponophone Phonograph Company, in Yokohama
WHAT DID THEY DO?
They were one of the very first companies to make
phonographs and distribute records in Japan. It became known as Nippon Columbia
in 1928 an by the late 30’s had designed the worlds first electric direct drive
ANY OTHER FIRSTS?
The professional disc recorder in 1939, the stereo moving
coil pickup in 1951, the first LP in Japan in 1957, the digital audio recorder
SO WHAT ARE THEY UP TO THESE DAYS?
Denon are still very big in high-end and professional audio
and they’re leaders in home cinema technology. In 1995 they launched the worlds
first Dolby AC-3, THX 5.1 processor and any time now we’re expecting some news
on top-end DVD