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Beyerdynamic GmbH & Co. KG
IndustryAudio electronics
Founded1924; 99 years ago (1924) in Berlin
FounderEugen Beyer
HeadquartersHeilbronn, Germany
Key people
Supervisory board of directors: Shirley Beyer, John Midgley, Matthias Mühling, Dieter Rapp, Edgar Van Velzen (CEO)
ProductsMicrophones, headphones, wireless audio systems and conference systems
Number of employees
500 worldwide
Headphones by beyerdynamic: DT 880 PRO, DT 770 M, DT 770, DT 990 PRO.

Beyerdynamic GmbH & Co. KG (stylized as beyerdynamic) is a German manufacturer of microphones, headphones, wireless audio systems, and conference systems. Headquartered in Heilbronn, Germany, Beyerdynamic has been family-owned since its founding in 1924.[1]


In the 1920s in Berlin, founder Eugen Beyer believed that cinema presented a new opportunity in communication media.[2] The first products he produced were loudspeakers for film palaces in 1924.[3] At the end of the 1930s, Beyer developed the first pair of dynamic headphones, the DT 48.[4][2] World War II temporarily froze production; however, in 1948, Beyerdynamic sought new beginnings in Heilbronn. The "Stielhörer" DT 49 became a popular item of "Plattenbars" (record-bars) in the 1950s.[5]

Beyerdynamic developed the highly directional ribbon microphone Beyerdynamic M 160 model in 1957, along with the figure-8 pattern M 130. These microphones contained dual ribbon aluminum elements suspended between neodymium magnets. The M 160 went on to become a classic recording studio microphone, still in production after more than six decades.[6] The "transistophone", the company's first wireless microphone, went into production in 1962.[7] The Beatles' 1966 German tour used the E-1000 microphone.[5] Elton John, ABBA, and Stevie Wonder all sang into sound transformers produced by Beyerdynamic.[8] In 1985, Beyerdynamic acquired its then-North American distributor, Burns Audiotronics, which became its North American subsidiary. Today Beyerdynamic, Inc. have their own office headquartered in Farmingdale, New York.

At the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul all media reporting sites were equipped with headsets from Beyerdynamic.[9] In 1999, the new Bundestag in Berlin was fitted with Beyerdynamic's digital microphones.[10] The reporters from the Football World Cup in Germany used the DT 297 headset.[11] Most recently, the TG1000 digital wireless system has been introduced.


DT 990 PRO headphones
  • Headphones – hifi headphones, in-ear headphones, mobile headphones, headphones for studio and stage, headphone amplifiers, accessories
  • Headsets – aviation headsets, gaming and multimedia headsets, intercom and broadcast headsets, accessories
  • Microphones – microphones for stage and studio application, microphones for vocals and instruments, microphones for film and broadcasting, presentation, accessories
  • Conference Systems and Technology – voting systems, tour guide systems, installed sound and wireless microphones, tele and video conferencing, headphones and headsets for broadcast, commentators and interpreters, multimedia systems, conference and recording software, mixers, amplifiers and accessories

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  1. ^ "Story". Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  2. ^ a b "Story". beyerdynamic. Archived from the original on 2 November 2022. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  3. ^ beyerdynamic: About us Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Listen Closely: A History of Headphones". Random Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Beyerdynamic- Einst und Heute". Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Beyerdynamic M 160". TEC Awards. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
  7. ^ I.P.C. Business Press Limited (January 1975). "Wireless World". Wireless World. 81: 394. Retrieved 25 November 2012. {{cite journal}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  8. ^ "Dynamic Headsets From beyerdynamic". Truly Gadgets. TrulyNet. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  9. ^ "A History on dynamic headphones". The Audio Circuit. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  10. ^ "BeyerDynamic History". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Smart Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless Headphones". Classic Gadgets. Retrieved 25 January 2020.[dead YouTube link]

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