It’s All About The Sound.

The evolutionary process that began in 1976 has brought us to what Origin Acoustics is today. It wasn’t about the money or starting a business, it was all about the music. Two talented individuals loved music and what music did to the people around them. Their reason for being was to find a way to share that experience with as many people as possible.

Ken Humphries and Ed Haase opened a small stereo store in Riverside, California at a time when the audio industry was going through an incredible transformation. They saw an opportunity to bring an entirely new level of music quality into the home. They began to experiment with speaker designs and the response from the local community was tremendously positive.

Although running a small business in an industry they loved was certainly rewarding, they were about to take a step that would catapult them onto the global stage. While listening to a pair of stereo speakers in a family room was a great experience, people wanted to enjoy music throughout the home. In the early 80’s Ken and Ed invented a loudspeaker that would mount flush into the wall and change the face of an industry.

While conventional speakers were still in demand, in-wall speakers became the choice of many as several pairs were installed in multiple rooms creating a literal soundtrack for the lives of everyone in the home. Again, it was all about the music.

Customer demand forced other speaker brands to reevaluate their offerings and who did they turn to for a solution? The inventors of the concept. From 1985 through 1994 Ken and Ed designed and built millions of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers for some of the biggest names in the business, establishing themselves as the premier source for architectural loudspeakers.

In 1994, they launched their own self-branded speakers under the name SpeakerCraft®. The meteoric rise of the brand was due, in no small part, to a man who has become an industry legend. Jeremy Burkhardt, was a young entrepreneur who’s drive and vision propelled the company to the leading position in the industry. For over a decade SpeakerCraft dominated what had become the custom installation business and set the standard for technical development and innovation.

While the company was later acquired by a major conglomerate and Jeremy retired from the business, there remained a burning desire in his heart to reinvent the product and the process. Reunited with his original partners, Ken and Ed, they began to discuss the possibilities.

Origin Acoustics launched to incredible fanfare in 2014 with a line of speakers that, once again, redefined the category. From a blank canvas, the engineering team applied decades of experience and reset the standard for what people could expect from architectural speakers. From that launch, just three years ago, Origin Acoustics has become the second most popular brand in the category as published in the 2017 CEPro Brand Analysis, the industry’s leading trade publication.

Origin continues to grow, evolve and innovate, bringing to market the most advanced sonic solutions available anywhere. As we gaze into a very bright future, technologies will change and new ideas will become reality. And through it, all the focus will remain as crystal clear as it has been since the beginning. It’s all about the music.

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