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Audio-Technica Celebrates 60th Anniversary with High-End AT-MC2022 Phono Cartridge and ATH-W2022 Headphones

Audio-Technica's AT-MC2022 Dual Moving Coil Stereo Cartridge

In celebration of its 60th anniversary as one of the world's foremost manufacturers of high-fidelity audio products, Audio-Technica announces the introduction of its limited-edition AT-MC2022 Dual Moving Coil Stereo Cartridge and top-of-the-line ATH-W2022 audiophile closed-back wooden headphones. In addition, Audio-Technica has created a special anniversary donation program in support of its longstanding relationship with Playing for Change (PFC), a global movement created to inspire and connect the world through music.

Commenting on the significance of the company's 60th anniversary, Audio-Technica president Kazuo Matsushita notes, "It is an honor to provide a quality audio experience to listeners worldwide. What begins as a simple vibration -- a subtle movement -- results in an emotional connection. We believe in realizing the full potential of sound that creates connections and enriches lives."

The AT-MC2022 phono cartridge combines a stunning visual appeal with extraordinary musical realism, offering expansive, rich, detailed and dynamic sound, the company says. The AT-MC2022 features a unified stylus and cantilever made from a single lab-grown diamond. This construction eliminates the distortions that can result from the conventional design of a stylus bonded to a cantilever, resulting in a purer transmission of the vibrations from the record groove. The stylus has a line contact geometry for superb tracking ability and resolution along with exceptional transient response. The AT-MC2022 incorporates Audio-Technica's exclusive dual moving coil design, for optimal channel separation and imaging, and its highly efficient magnetic circuit provides higher output. The cartridge body is made from a precision-machined aluminum base and titanium housing with an elastomer under cover -- a selection of materials that ensures the optimum sound quality and reduces resonance. In celebration of Audio-Technica's 60th anniversary, the AT-MC2022 incorporates design accents inspired by traditional shippo (Japanese cloisonné) enameling. It comes with a walnut presentation case with an engraved 60th anniversary logo and individual serial number.

The ATH-W2022 are some of the finest headphones ever created by Audio-Technica. Made entirely in Japan, the headphones feature both beautiful Sakura (cherry blossom) and hou-ou (phoenix) designs, hand-painted on the left and right earcups, respectively. The earcups are composed of traditional Mizume (Japanese birch) using traditional Echizen urushi (lacquer) and maki-e (lacquer) techniques, and the right earcup incorporates an inlaid mother-of-pearl within the hou-ou design, making each ATH-W2022 a unique work of art.

The ATH-W2022 incorporates a host of Audio-Technica's latest manufacturing technologies. The center dome of the 58 mm driver diaphragm is made from 30-micron-thick pure titanium for exceptional reproduction of the mid-high range with excellent high-frequency characteristics, as well. The headphones also utilize a newly designed magnet circuit that incorporates a pole and yoke structured from laminated pure iron plates to reduce back electromotive force (back EFM). Adding to its appeal, the ATH-W2022 is housed in a custom wood storage case featuring an elegant paulownia lid.

Since 2018, Audio-Technica has been a proud sponsor of Playing for Change, a global movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. As the exclusive microphone and headphone sponsor of Playing for Change, Audio-Technica has been providing global support and equipment for PFC and the PFC Band, in addition to advocating for PFC at events year-round. In honor of this year's anniversary, Audio-Technica U.S, Canada, UK and Europe will donate a percentage of its 60th Anniversary product sales to the Playing for Change Foundation through March 2023.



(29 September 2022)

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