We love music. We are are passionate about working with new technologies that help reproduce the highest quality of music in private and public spaces.
In the late '60s, when the Indian entrepreneur was in the cradle of uncertainty, Ashoke Mukherjee, an engineer student from Roorkee University ( now deemed Indian Institute of Technology) initiated the unheard ... amplifiers, speakers?? Indians, so far, had to make do with the mono radio. The concept of stereo sound was a very foreign one. But Ashoke Mukherjee brought it home.
Humble beginnings in the heart of Kolkata: Battery eliminators were the bread and butter then in the late '60s, for Sonodyne Electronics Co. Pvt. Ltd. Then came the '70s, and the release of Sonodyne hi-fi stereo amplifiers and speakers. These were met with resounding success all over India. So much so that it laid the pathway for the development of India's first organized audio R&D laboratory, in Kolkata. Loudspeakers, and turntables hit the market in the mid '70s, and component audio systems, in the mid 80s … Sonodyne and hi-fi had arrived.
During this pioneering period, Ashoke Mukherjee also gained accolades as a designer and as an entrepreneur. He represented India in several international conventions, and initiated, in the early '80s, a 100% export oriented division, in Special Economic Zone, Mumbai to manufacture professional audio, and power electronics equipment. In addition the unit also hosted a DSIR (Govt of India recognized) lab. Soon we were not only manufacturing but also designing and developing turnkey projects for many OEMs.
Sonodyne’s core strength is research. With over 40 engineers and technicians in its 2 labs (in Kolkata and Mumbai), and having received 2 Govt. of India research grants, Sonodyne’s labs are a cradle for innovation. These labs not only design for Sonodyne branded, but also for OEM products for the following market segments: home audio; studio monitors, installed sound, and live sound
In India Sonodyne is a strong brand name with sales and projects offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, and Kolkata, with dedicated showrooms (dubbed: Listening Rooms). Internationally, the studio monitors are distributed globally with strategic distribution points for ASEAN, Japan, EU, Australasia, and North America. This is the first time that an indigenous offering has has established distribution and received critical acclaim and awards internationally.
To cater to the growing international needs of the Sonodyne brand and that of OEMs, a second 100% EOU has been established in 2008 in SEZ Falta, West Bengal. While the Mumbai Unit specializes in various electronics (amplification, DSP) design and production, the Falta unit specializes in loudspeaker design and production, with sprawling spaces that can measure, produce, and stock large cabinets for PA and Cinema systems also.
Creativity remains the driving factor in Sonodyne. Now, aided by industry standard design and development tools, it is quicker to realize the end results of this creativity. Innovation still spurs us on. To look at things in a manner more effective, more optimal, remains our cornerstone. As India's pioneering audio equipment manufacturer, our aim is to introduce new technologies and solutions, not only for the Indian market but also the global arena.
In recognition of his contribution to audio engineering and for his efforts in successfully creating global markets, Ashoke Mukherjee was declared ‘Electronics Man of the Year- 2005.’