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Electro-Voice (commonly referred to as EV) is a manufacturer of high quality audio equipment such as microphones, amplifiers and loudspeakers. A subdivision of Telex Communications Inc., Electro-Voice markets its products for use in small or large concert venues, houses of worship and in retail situations.
On September 1, 1927, Lou Burroughs and Al Kahn began a business servicing radio receivers in South Bend, Indiana. The small business flourished, and became the most popular radio repair shop in South Bend. After almost being wiped out by the depression, the two found themselves insolvent to the extent of $5,000. In order to pay their creditors, they had to move into the audio field. On June 1, 1930, they incorporated under name "Electro-Voice".
Burroughs and Kahn saw an opportunity in the poor quality and high prices of microphones. They purchased a lathe and a drill, and started producing about one microphone a week. Soon after, Burroughs withdrew from the business, leaving complete ownership to Kahn. By 1933, the small radio repair business' debts were completely paid off.
Now out of debt, Electro-Voice could start hiring people to help in the production of the products, and in 1936, twenty people were hired and Lou Burroughs returned as chief engineer. At that point, Electro-Voice started to make significant contributions to the audio industry.
In 1946, the business moved to a bigger facility and expanded engineering began. In 1948, they started to produce phonograph pick-up cartridges, which was an instant success. In 1950, they started production of the first automatic TV booster which sold in great quantities. They also started to design and produce a loudspeaker line. This timing proved to be right for their tooling, designs and distribution was set up when the market expanded in 1952. In 1963 EV received the first Academy Award ever given for an audio product, the 642 Cardiline shotgun microphone.
Today EV manufactures the RE20, RE27 N/D and RE50, three of the most widely used broadcast microphones in the United States.