Early this month, Hideo Matsushita passed away at the age of 93. Matsushita was the founder and executive emeritus of Audio-Technica.
Born in 1919, Matsushita moved to Tokyo in 1951. He went to work at the Bridgestone Museum of Art, where he was asked to organize “LP” concerts. He left in 1962 to launch Audi-Technica; the company’s first product was the AT-1 Stereo Cartridge. The company quickly grew with Matsushita in the role of president. In 1993 he was named Chairman of the Board (his sone Kazuo was named President of Audio-Technica at that time), and in 2005 was appointed Executive Emeritus. He passed away on March 5 of natural causes.
Our condolences to his family and to all of our friends at Audio-Technica for their loss.