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Transparent History
Since its founding in 1980, Transparent Audio has been in a continual state of refinement, seeking not only to make our well-known products better and better with each generation, but also to create entirely new products that serve the needs of our customers.

  • 1980
  • Karen Sumner, Jack Sumner, and Carl Smith form Transparent Audio to provide a high quality experience for home audio enthusiasts. Their first products are Electrocompaniet power amplifiers imported from Norway, and the iconoclastic American turntable — the Well Tempered Turntable — built by Transparent.
  • 1985
  • Transparent begins to distribute and manufacture MIT cables.
  • 1993
  • Transparent begins to design, distribute, and manufacture Transparent Cables starting with a complete audio cable line up with the Ultra Series as the flagship product
  • 1994
  • Transparent introduces first digital and video cables
  • 1994
  • First Transparent PowerBank power conditioners introduced
  • 1995
  • First Transparent power cords introduced
  • 1995
  • Transparent Reference cables introduced -- an industry standard for almost 20 years
  • 1996 -
  • 1997Research on Reference XL Interconnect and Speaker Cable
  • 1997
  • Introduction of Reference XL interconnects and speaker cables — first cables to be custom calibrated to system components
  • 1997
  • XL Technology applied to entire audio cable range
  • 1998
  • New Transparent facility includes extensive warehouse space, a lab for special projects and custom termination, and a state of the art music and film studio for evaluating all audio-video and power products
  • 1998
  • First high performance inwall speaker cables with add-on Brick modules introduced
  • 1998 -
  • 2000Research by the Transparent design team in the music and film studio leads to the development of OPUS MM
  • 1998
  • First PowerIsolator power conditioner shuts the door on noise
  • 1998
  • Upgrade Program introduced
  • 1999
  • PowerIsolator XL introduced
  • 2000
  • Expansion of product offerings designed for custom installation: more video cables, in-wall speaker cables, and speaker cable brick networks introduced
  • 2000
  • Introduction of OPUS MM Speaker Cable
  • 2001
  • OPUS MM Interconnects introduced
  • 2001
  • New power cords make big advances with MM technology
  • 2002
  • MM Technology applied to the full range of audio cables
  • 2002
  • Plus Series Audio Cables added to upgrade program
  • 2002
  • Introduction of Transparent's fail-safe surge protection technology to entire power conditioner line-up.
  • 2002
  • PowerIsolator Technology applied to entire power conditioner line-up.
  • 2003
  • Reference MM introduced — OPUS MM performance at far more affordable pricing.
  • 2003 -
  • 2007Research for MM2 Technology
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  • 2004
  • First digital video cable introduced — Premium DVI — capable of long distance runs up to 70 feet
  • 2005
  • First Transparent HDMI cables introduced to carry signals accurately at lengths greater than 10 feet.
  • 2005
  • Expansion of audio, video, and power conditioning product offerings for whole house music and video systems
  • 2005
  • Power cords added to Upgrade Program
  • 2005
  • PowerIsolator MM introduced, bringing significant advances in resonance control and the elimination of power factor distortion.
  • 2006
  • Addition of Falmouth music and film studio — incorporating many advances in listening room design. Discoveries made here inspire the final development of MM2 Technology.
  • 2007
  • Whole House MusicLink interconnects with networks introduced that are easily terminated in the field.
  • 2007
  • PowerWave series launched — exciting industrial design with many advances in power conditioning and source protection.
  • 2008
  • First inwall PowerBank introduced
  • 2008
  • Saco studio upgraded with new RPG acoustic technology to keep pace with performance of new Falmouth studio
  • 2008
  • Introduction of MM2 Technology throughout audio product line up



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