A history of FrontRow

As a part of Phonic Ear, FrontRow has been in the classroom audio business over 45 years.

As a division of Phonic Ear, FrontRow has been in the classroom audio business over 45 years.

A long history working with schools and working with sound

1963: Scott and Ruth Holden form HC Electronics in Palo Alto, CA. The company changes its name to Phonic Ear after the success of its automatic speech playback system for clinicians: the Phonic Mirror.

1968: Introduced the first wireless assistive listening product for hearing-impaired students.

1971: Phonic Ear International founded in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1973: Phonic Ear Ltd. Founded in Toronto, Ontario.

FrontRow historians speculate whether the Radium might have inspired the blue color in the FrontRow Pro Digital.

FrontRow historians speculate whether the Radium might have inspired the blue color in the FrontRow Pro Digital.

1978: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra uses a Phonic Ear sound system in one of the first major studies of the application of special listening systems in theatres and music halls.

1990: Introduces its first classroom sound system for general education: the Easy Listener

1996: Granted two patents for short-range wireless technology called TMX.

1997: Sold 100% of shares to William Demant Holding A/S and became a sister company to Oticon and Sennheiser Communications.

1998: Earned ISO 9001 certification

2000: Introduced tour commentary systems used in the Louvre, Getty, Vatican, and other prominent attractions. Launched its first infrared classroom sound system (VocaLight) to solve channel management challenges in schools.

2001: Introduced Radium portable classroom sound system.

2002: Merged with Logia, a respected Danish developer of assistive listening systems.

2005: Created FrontRow division to specialize in classroom sound solutions.

2006: Educational Underwriters certifies FrontRow products for NCLB effectiveness.

2007: Introduced the Pro Digital, the world's first classroom sound system to use a digital platform.

2008: Earns UL listing for all products.