Pioneer CEO Reflects on 80 Years of Audio Excellence
A lot has happened in the past 80 years in the consumer technology industry. During that time, essentially every piece of modern tech that consumers interact and play with today—TVs, radios, computers, gaming consoles, the smartphone—was introduced to the consumer. Also during that time, we’ve seen the launch and growth of Pioneer one of the leading brands in the audio and entertainment market.
In 1937, Nozomu Matsumoto introduced to the world the A-8 dynamic speaker and named it the Pioneer. The name, he said at the time, represented his pioneering spirit and dedication to excellent audio reproduction.
During the eight decades since the launch of that speaker, Pioneer has grown into one of the world’s largest manufacturers of speakers, speaker components and a technological innovator in the ways to produce sound. As the company preps for the next 80 years, Dealerscope had the unique opportunity to sit down with Susumu Kotani, CEO of Pioneer.