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Sanken Microphone Co., Ltd. is known as a professional microphone manufacturer which has the longest history in Japan. The company was established in 1925 and started to create microphones for really professional use. In 1933, Rihei Takeuchi, a founder of the company obtained his first patent for the anti-agglomeration of carbon particles in carbon microphones.

The company remains one of Japan's most decorated and acclaimed pro audio manufacturers and numerous microphone models (such as the Cos11 and Chromatic Series) are seen in applications all over the world.