It all started in 1996, at a time when the vinyl record had long since been declared dead, and no one could have guessed that analog listening would once again become as popular as we have been experiencing for the past few years. Certainly, high-quality devices like those from Acoustic Solid have contributed to this hype, bringing record listening to a new level.
Karl Wirth, at that time still employed in the automotive industry in the field of acoustics and precision instruments, always remained faithful to the record, but was dissatisfied with the range of players on offer. He thus decided to build “his” perfect record player himself. At home, at the lathe in his garage, he created his first belt-driven turntable with the programmatic name Solid One — it’s still in use today! [more…]
Everything then took its course: Friends and acquaintances were enthusiastic about the Solid One and wanted to have one too. A first trade show appearance caused a stir in the market, and lively word of mouth led to a rapidly growing demand.
Together with his family, Karl Wirth decided to turn his hobby into a business. Through many national and international publications and numerous awards, including “Product of the Year 2007” in Hong Kong, the Acoustic Solid brand quickly established itself successfully. The company grew and now exports to more than forty countries around the globe. In 2001, the company moved into a new building in Altdorf and expanded in 2011.
Even with the growing success, the founder—and with him, Acoustic Solid—has always remained true to himself. Tinkering and experimenting with new materials and technologies, combined with master craftsmanship and care in the manufacturing process, remains the foundation for creating best-in-class equipment for music enthusiasts.