Sennheiser is a German audio gear company founded in 1945 (originally as Laboratorium Wennebostel), just a few weeks after the end of World War 2. The founder, Fritz Sennheiser who passed away in 2010, together with 7 other engineers began making microphones in 1946. The company was renamed to be Sennheiser (the name you know today) in 1958.
Sennheiser produced the world’s first open-back headphones in 1968, with the objectives to achieve wider, and more natural soundscape. Among the company’s many achievements, Sennheiser received an Emmy Award for its advancements in RF wireless technology in 1996.
At present days, Sennheiser’s product lines consist of headphones, earphones, microphones, audio conference systems, communication headsets and HiFi loudspeakers targeting at the middle to upper-middle market. Its flagship HD 800 S open-back headphone is regarded as one of the very best headphones by audiophiles. Its direct competitor is Platronics, although the later targets its products towards more mainstream market segments.