Founded originally as the tulsemere manufacturing company in London, England in 1926, Tannoy presides over one of the longest and most distinguished histories in the world of audio equipment.
The famous brand name originates from a solid-state rectifier invented by company founder, Guy R. Fountain, made from a Tantalum-Lead Alloy (hence Tannoy), an early indicator of the invention and technical innovation that would become the hallmark of the company throughout the 20th Century and remaining so to this day.
For many, the word ‘Tannoy’ is synonymous with public address, appearing in the Oxford English Dictionary as: ‘a communications system with loudspeakers, used for making announcements in public buildings.’ In fact the phrase ‘Over the Tannoy’ is widely used in the UK and some other countries to describe a PA announcement. Few brands in audio have had such an impact in their field over a long period of time to enter the popular mindset in this way.
The past 35 years have seen the company base its manufacturing and Headquarters in Coatbridge, Scotland where it conceives, designs and manufactures market-leading loudspeaker systems for both professional/commercial install and residential/hi-fi markets. Renowned for its tradition of loudspeaker innovation, most famously for its development and on-going evolution of the Dual Concentric™ point-source transducer and its many derivatives, Tannoy remains at the forefront of the premium performance loudspeaker market, and notably, does so while maintaining its engineering and manufacturing base in the United Kingdom.
This commitment to keeping the brand and its heritage based in the UK is key to the ongoing success and market perception of Tannoy loudspeaker products, underpinned by superior performance, uncompromising build quality and that mission to deliver innovative ‘best-in-class’ products that our customers have come to rely on over not just years but generations.
Tannoy Professional – the professional audio arm of the business – is dedicated to bringing Tannoy’s wealth of engineering expertise, market knowledge and brand values to both the commercial install and performance audio sectors. Having entered the emerging contractor audio market in the early 1980’s and with a long history before that in the field of live PA systems, Tannoy Professional today holds true to a core ethos in striving to define the benchmark in the many segments of commercial loudspeaker design where the company is active. Among these, Tannoy has become a recognised leader in high performance commercial install audio as well as being a key player in the small and medium-scale sound reinforcement loudspeaker markets, with many highly successful product lines to be found in bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants, music venues, theatres and theme parks the world over.
Tannoy Professional has benefited from access to a wealth of engineering expertise within MUSIC GROUP, developing cutting-edge products with the aim of taking the Tannoy brand quality to a wider range of potential applications in the commercial install and performance audio sectors. These most recent product developments have heralded a new period of growth and expansion, and reinforced the Tannoy ethos of leveraging technical innovation to provide the market with peerless products that deliver unique real world performance benefits and highly competitive value.
The success of these new products, and continuing focus on innovation and improvement, ensures that Tannoy Professional is well placed to remain a leading name in commercial install and performance audio for years to come.