Old Lyme, CT (November 19, 2009)–Sennheiser will phase out the Klein + Hummel brand name by year’s end, integrating its products and technologies into the Sennheiser and Neumann companies. K+H produces studio monitors and installed sound products.
Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, will become responsible for the studio monitor business, while an installed sound portfolio will be continued by Sennheiser. Most employees of K+H Vertriebs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft will continue to be employed by the companies.
“Neumann and Sennheiser are firmly established in the studio and installed sound areas, respectively, and promise a much better market penetration than is at present possible under the brand name of Klein + Hummel,” said Volker Bartels, speaker of the Sennheiser executive team. “Neumann–as the studio brand–will expand its portfolio, and Sennheiser will further strengthen its installed sound business, which is the company’s third ‘pillar’ so to speak, besides the consumer and professional business.”
Wolfgang Fraissinet, president of marketing and sales at Neumann in Berlin, added, “In its long company history, Neumann has set many milestones in studio technology worldwide. We will now also use this expertise for studio monitors and offer optimum solutions to our customers, to international artists in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording and audio productions.”
K+H was founded in 1945 by Horst Klein and Walter Hummel to create high-end audio speaker products; the company went on to create the OY multichannel loudspeaker and the first German ELA amplifier with Hi-Fi quality. On March 1, 2005, Sennheiser took over sales and development of Klein + Hummel GmbH, Ostfildern, along with worldwide rights for sales, products and the brand.