Dr Fritz Sennheiser, audio pioneer

By Patrick Avenell

WEDEMARK, GERMANY: Dr Fritz Sennheiser, the man who pioneered modern audio through the company named for him, died this week in Germany aged 98.

From the foundation of the Sennheiser company shortly after World War II, through to when his son, Dr Jorg Sennheiser, took over in 1982, Fritz Sennheiser was a mammoth figure in the world of professional audio, pioneering shotgun microphones, as well as being a key figure in the development of wireless radio and infra-red transmission.

“His enthusiasm for audio technology, his creative curiosity, coupled with a modesty that is all too rare these days, his self-discipline, sincerity and generosity in his dealings with people, will remain an example to follow for all those who knew him,” said a Sennheiser spokesperson.

Today, Sennheiser is considered one of the leading suppliers of personal and professional audio products. Its noise-cancelling headphones and professional microphones continue to sell well.

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