Company

ASCENDO IMMERSIVE AUDIO –
the future of home theater

History

ASCENDO was founded in 1999 by the three music enthusiasts Norbert Heinz, Stefan Köpf and Jürgen Scheuring in Stuttgart. ASCENDO GmbH matured into a technology company, focuses on the development of DSP, audio networking technology and audio measurement systems.

It is this unique musical heritage and combination of traits that led to the founding of ASCENDO IMMERSIVE AUDIO GmbH (AIA) bringing in Geoffrey Heinzel. Ascendo Immersive Audio is dedicated to the development, design, and production of state-of-the-art home theater systems.


Decades of research into the sound perception of the human hearing lead to the conclusion that concentric speakers are ideal for immersive audio reproduction.
High-performance professional point-source drive units are an absolute prerequisite for the time-coherent dynamic reproduction of audio signals. Combined with the most advanced digital electronics it creates an unmatched immersive cinematic experience with unlimited dynamics. In modern movies where LFE bass can extend down to 3Hz, the second most important speakers are woofers and subwoofers which reproduce tight infrasonic bass. AIA perfected this group of speakers like no other company to give the tightest punchiest lowest bass reproduction ever.

Today the ASCENDO IMMERSIVE AUDIO GmbH is headed by graduate economist Stefan Köpf (Managing Director) and Geoffrey Heinzel. With its own development and production team, the company is excellently equipped for the future. The AIA GmbH is based in Ansbach in the South German region of Franconia, which is especially famous for its residential palace; it gives the town a beautiful, baroque dignity. The little residence took over 350 years to be built and stands for applied culture in a constant process of change and maintenance – sustainable, but never backward or inward, yet always open.

The manufacturing facilities of the ASCENDO and AIA products are located in the immediate vicinity of the residential palace. You can feel its closeness; time and again it demands to create products with as much love and as sustainable as the old masters did way back in the residence.

Manu-facturing

For over 20 years, ASCENDO has been producing high-end loudspeakers that are valued among the best in the world for audiophile music reproduction. ASCENDO high-end loudspeakers symbolize the state of the art, they are optimized to the smallest detail and are handcrafted using the best components and materials with the utmost precision by optimally trained specialists in Germany. Music connoisseurs all over the world love the perfection of ASCENDO´s loudspeaker masterpieces. With just the same meticulousness and uncompromising commitment to the very best, ASCENDO IMMERSIVE AUDIO also produces their home theater speakers.

The unique combination of the best ingredients from the high-end and cinema-optimized high-performance components from the professional audio sector, paired to most advanced technologies, meticulous assembly processes executed by highly qualified employees as well as the perfection on all levels characterize the ASCENDO IMMERSIVE AUDIO home cinema monitors and subwoofer products.

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Sustainability

As a German company living up to high sonic and quality standards, AIA is an avowed advocate of the sustainable principle of "Made in Germany". That’s why all loudspeakers coming from the Franconian city of Ansbach are painstakingly handcrafted and produced in small batches. Special customization requests in terms of size, shape and colour are possible at any time and are gladly implemented. The lacquer finish of the enclosures is carried out according to the strictest environmental regulations with paints characterized with lowest environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Out of conviction, all components used at AIA are sourced from within Europe or Germany - preferably from the neighbourhood. As always, it’s the short ways that ensure the best quality. As important is a long product life cycle with high serviceability even after years.

Since home theater systems often generate extremely high volume levels, and therefore the drive units as well as the amplifier electronics must meet extreme requirements, all assemblies of a speaker are tested before installation and tested once again in a low tolerance test system after assembly. This process is time-consuming and cumbersome, but it is the indispensable basis for quality and durability - and above all, it conveys the certainty and the good feeling of delivering a perfect product to the customer.