Milestones

The members of the team at Origin Acoustics are responsible for many of the most important developments in the custom installation industry. These are historical firsts that changed the face of audio in the home and enhanced the entertainment experience for millions.

1978
Introduced the first flush mount high fidelity in-ceiling speakersMilestones Image
1979
Designed and introduced the first speaker with adjustable tweeter volume control
1982
Introduced the first in-wall speakers
1984
Molded the first plastic baffle for in-wall installation
1985
Designed and patented first in-wall and new construction installation bracket
1986
Designed the world’s first in-wall subwoofer system
1988
Designed the world’s first vibration canceling in-ceiling mounted subwoofer system
1991
Designed the world’s first in-wall and in-ceiling speakers to use a pivoting tweeter to direct the sound towards the listener
1993
Designed first dual voice coil woofers designed into in-ceiling and in-wall speakers that were not subwoofers
1994
Introduced SpeakerCraft as its own brand
1994
Offered the first lifetime warranty for architectural speakers
1994
Introduced the first snap-on combined metal and plastic installation bracket
1995
Introduced the first UL Fire-rated enclosure
1996
Patented the I-Beam mounting system
1997
Patented the first “aimable “ loudspeaker for in-ceiling installation
2005
Invented the first system to control the iPod® and distribute both music and metadata throughout the home
2006
Patented the first aimable loudspeaker for in-wall installation
2007
Patented AIM® speaker inducted into the CEDIA hall of fame
2010
Patented axially stabilized DPSD® tweeter
2012
Jeremy Burkhardt, Ed Hasse and Ken Humphreys began the process of reinventing the architectural loudspeaker
2013
Patent pending for ZipCliq® and SpringLock® tool-less mounting systems
2014
Patent pending for Director Collection loudspeakers2014 Director Collection Loud Speaker