RCF was founded in 1949 by a group of Italian electro-acoustic engineers with a simple vision: to create, through technical innovation, quality control and attention to detail, audio products that would offer the highest-possible performance in their market sector.
The company started by making microphones, amplifiers and related products for public-address applications. During the 1950s and ‘60s RCF established itself as an OEM manufacturer of transducers, and by the mid-‘60s the company had become the first in Europe to have a high-level Transducer Research Centre.
This leadership in transducer design and manufacture continues to the present day, with RCF continuing to supply woofers, midrange units and compression drivers to some of the best-known and prestigious loudspeaker brands in the world.
In parallel with its transducer technology development, the company continued to expand its range of public-address electronics, amplifiers and speakers. These were sold both as single products and in complete system solutions for airports, hotels, schools, railway stations, factories…in fact, any public building with a requirement for audio messaging or background music. This market also continues to be a key part of RCF’s activities today.
With expertise in both transducer design and public-address systems, it was only a matter of time before RCF produced its first complete loudspeakers for professional audio applications requiring high-level sound and music reproduction. The first of these was unveiled in the 1980s.
In 1996 the company launched the ART series of active composite-moulded pro-audio cabinets. This technology, used at the time by only a handful of manufacturers in the world, instantly positioned RCF as a global player in the market for pro-audio loudspeakers.
From 2004 a new era began for RCF, with fresh investment in research and development and a renewed commitment to manufacturing in Italy. Since then, the company has designed, put into production and delivered to the market a substantial number of new products every year. Promiment among them is the TT+ High Definition Touring and Theatre Series – which became an instant success thanks to innovative amplifiers equipped with DSP, along with state-of-the-art transducer technology.
In July 2007 RCF Group (the company that comprises RCF S.p.A. and AEB Industriale s.r.l., which owns the brand dBtechnologies) was listed on the Italian Stock Exchange.
In 2008 the revolutionary ART 7, latest development of the ART Series, was launched, representing a fundamental step forward in active speaker technology.