TEAC Corporation

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TEAC Corporation
Type Public
Traded as TYO: 6803
Industry Electronics
Founded Tokyo (29 August 1953)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people Yuji Hanabusa (President)
Products peripheral equipment; consumer and professional audio equipment; information equipment
Employees Consolidated: 1,224 (as of 31 March 2013)
Website www.teac.co.jp

TEAC Corporation (pronounced "Tee-ack") is an electronics company based in Japan. TEAC was founded in 1953 as the Tokyo Television Acoustic Company.[1]

TEAC has four divisions:

  • TASCAM - consumer to professional audio products, mostly recording
  • ESOTERIC - High-end consumer audio products
  • TEAC Consumer Electronics - Mass market audio products
  • Data Storage and Disk Publishing Products - Floppy drives, DVD and CD recorders and drives, MP3 players & NAS storage

TEAC is known for its audio equipment, and was a primary manufacturer of high-end audio equipment in the 1970s and 1980s. During that time, TEAC produced notable reel-to-reels, cassette decks, CD players, turntables and amplifiers.

Of particular note is that TEAC produced an audio cassette with tape hubs that resembled reel-to-reel tape reels in appearance. Many manufactures of the time used these TEAC cassettes in advertisements of their tape decks because the TEAC cassettes looked more professional than standard audio cassettes, and because reel-to-reel tape recordings were known to be of higher quality than cassette recordings.

In the 80s and 90s TEAC became well known for producing inexpensive high quality floppy disk drives. Up until the mid 90s floppy drive quality was inconsistent, often resulting in a disk that could be read only with the drive that wrote it due to minor variances in manufacturing specifications.[citation needed] TEAC became a leader in high quality floppy drives during this time.

The TEAC 2340, a popular early (1973) home multitrack recorder, four tracks on ¼ inch tape.
TEAC CRC 90 minute audio cassette. Note that the tape reels resemble a reel-to-reel tape with the tape covered by a plastic covering, this is for cosmetic appearance only, and is not thought to improve quality of the audio cassette.

History[edit]

The company that eventually became the TEAC corporation was founded by in August 1953. Originally named the Tokyo Television Acoustic Company[1] it employed Katsuma Tani, a former aviation and aeronautics engineer[2] where he established a reputation as a highly qualified creator of audio equipment.

1956 his brother Tomoma Tani brought home a hand made 3-motor, 3 head stereo tape recorder. This sparked Katsuma's interest in reel-to-reel tape recorders. Confident they could engineer a better tape recorder the Tani brothers founded the Tokyo Electro-Acoustic Company on December 24, 1956.[3]

The Tokyo Television Acoustic Company and the Tokyo Electro-Acoustic Company were merged to create the TEAC corporation. The main focus of the new company was to design and manufacture tape recorders.[1]

Computer tape memory systems[edit]

In May 1961 TEAC entered into a licensing agreement with IBM to create magnetic tape memory systems.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c TEAC Milestones
  2. ^ TEAC Corporation - Company Profile, Information, Business Description, History, Background Information on TEAC Corporation
  3. ^ Tascam: 30 Years of Recording Evolution By Randy Alberts, 2003, Hal Leonard Corporation

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