Origin Acoustics was founded by the team who invented the whole concept of Architectural Audio. Over the years they amassed too many patents and awards to name them all.

Here are some highlights of the last forty years.

Cool Timeline

1976

The First Architectural Speaker

Ken Humphreys (Origin Acoustics CTO) & Ed Hasse (Origin Acoustics COO) develop and manufacture the first architectural loudspeaker.

1978

The Origin of In-ceiling Speakers

Ken & Ed introduce the first flush mount high fidelity in-ceiling speakers.

1979

On Speaker Tweeter Control

Ken & Ed design and introduce the first speaker with adjustable tweeter volume control.

1982

The Origin of In-wall Speakers

Ken & Ed introduce the first in-wall speakers.

1985

The Construction Industry is Revolutionized

Our founders design and patent first in-wall and new construction installation bracket.

1986

We invent architectural subwoofers.

Our founders design the world’s first in-wall subwoofer system.

1988

We put subwoofers into ceilings.

Our founders design the world’s first vibration canceling in-ceiling mounted subwoofer system.

1991

The pivoting tweeter is born.

Our founders design the world’s first in-wall and in-ceiling speakers to use a pivoting tweeter to direct the sound towards the listener.

1995

Introducing the fire-rated speaker enclosure.

Our team introduces the first UL fire-rated enclosure.

1996

Another industry changing construction patent.

Our team patented the I-Beam mounting system.

1997

We invent the aimable loudspeaker.

Our team patents the first “aimable” loudspeaker for in-ceiling installation.

2006

We add aimable in-wall to our arsenal.

Our team patents the first aimable loudspeaker for in-wall installation.

2010

The best tweeter ever made in patented.

Our team patents the axially stabilized DPSD® tweeter.

2012

Origin Acoustics is born.

Jeremy Burkhardt, Ed Hasse, and Ken Humphreys began the process of revolutionizing the architectural loudspeaker.

2013

The tool-less revolution begins.

The Origin Acoustics team applies for patents on Tool-less Mounting Systems.

2014

The Director Series is introduced.

Origin Acoustics applies for patents on the Director Collection loudspeakers.

2017

Valet Amplifiers.

Origin Acoustics applies for patents on the Valet Amplifier.