Takeshi Godai established Onkyo in 1946 with the intention of addressing what he felt was a lack of satisfactory Japanese-made dynamic speakers. The word “onkyo” means “sound acoustics” in Japanese.
Through the years that followed Onkyo became expert at many types of AV products including a crystal cartridge, meticulously crafted speakers (including the first plastic speaker cones in Japan), desktop transistor radios and even televisions. In 1958 Onkyo was among the first to introduce separate components rather than the all-in-one furniture style systems that had been so popular up until then. Portable transistor radios followed in 1961 & medical equipment in 1963. In the 70’s the Integra line of electronics was established which has been amazingly successful over the years. Turntables followed and then Onkyo released the world’s first high-speed dual-recording cassette deck in 1981 followed by some of the first CD Players a couple of years later. 1992 saw the release of the world’s first 6 disc carousel type CD player (just so you know who to blame) which became a big trend in the 90’s. This is also the decade home theatre happened and Onkyo immediately became one of the prominent players with the world’s first THX 5.1 channel AV Receiver with Dolby Digital.
Since then, Onkyo has continued to be at the forefront of Audio Visual technology, bringing high class audio and vision into thousands of homes in Australia and across the globe.