THE VOICE OF THE ARTIST.
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.
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