David Janszen with a Carmelita (zA1.1), December, 2015
Arthur A. Janszen invented the first practical electrostatic high fidelity loudspeaker based on his academic research work in the 1940's. By 1954, he had refined and patented it. In 1955, he founded JansZen Laboratory Inc., where he began manufacturing and marketing this new technology to great acclaim. It was, in fact, the first high fidelity tweeter of any kind, and changed the industry virtually overnight.
For the next thirty years, he was associated with some of the finest loudspeakers made. There's a lot more about this on the history page.
JansZen Loudspeaker, Ltd. was founded in 2005 by David A. Janszen, Arthur's elder son. An electrostatic loudspeaker company with a Janszen doing the engineering is bound to advance the art, which we have done. JansZen has restored the family charter of making the best sound reproducers of our time, and David stakes his family name on that.
After decades as an engineer in audio, ultrasound, instrumentation, embedded software, and manufacturing processes, David decided in 2004 to integrate and put into practice his personal electrostatic loudspeaker research and development work. By Spring 2005, the results were promising enough to justify founding the new JansZen company.
This R/D was based on ideas inspired by David's early immersion in his father's work, amateur musicianship, degrees in physics and engineering design, extensive R&D experience with electronics, acoustics, materials-and-methods, and appreciation of accurate and musical sound reproduction.
We pledge that as we grow, the uncompromising technology and quality of our systems will remain consistently strong and state of the art.
Asked about long term prospects, here was David's response:
I can only presume that the company will be around indefinitely. Things seem to be going well, but if the world falls on hard times, or the industry moves off center, I'm too persistent, resourceful, and basically stubborn to let the company fail. We will adapt. And when I'm too old to deal with it, a competent team will be ready to manage operations without me, including a designer long groomed for my main job. Product-wise, our speakers are designed to last pretty much forever. The materials are extremely durable, the electronic parts are high grade, and the hardware won’t rust. 20 years from now, they should still be a long way from needing any attention, and at any rate, they are repairable. In the absolute worst case, there will be third party depots trained to handle repairs.
The JansZen plant is at 480 (and 476) Trade Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43204. Visits are by appointment only, please!