April 1946: Osaka, Japan – Takeshi Godai wanted to create a high-quality, Japanese-crafted loudspeaker. He founded Onkyo, which means “sound acoustics” in Japanese, to bring his vision of sound perfection to life.
A month later, Onkyo released its first product – a cartridge pickup for record players. The company took the profits from that initial offering and invested in speaker research and infrastructure to build a factory. Production would go on to begin at the new factory in January 1948. In defiance of convention, Onkyo developed an in-house production method for its own paper cones—and in so doing, formed the origin of the Onkyo sound story.