Tannoy is one of the oldest and most prestigious audio brands in the UK. They first started under the name “Tulsemere Manufacturing Company” in 1926. Guy Fountain was the company’s founder. He created a solid-state rectifier. It was made from an alloy of tantalum and lead. This is how the word “Tannoy” was created, which eventually became a world-famous brand name.
There are only a few products in the world that have entered our dictionary as a generic description. Xerox means to copy a document, Biro means a pen, and Hoover means a vacuum cleaner. If you’re familiar with the term, “over the tannoy”, this is how it originated. One of the first products the Tannoy company made was the public address system. It was a loudspeaker communications system for making announcements in public buildings, such as schools or shops.
Today, Tannoy is a brand name that is found in the homes of Hi-Fi enthusiasts around the world. But did you know that it’s also found in some of the most prestigious audio installations in the world? Some examples include Sydney Opera House where high-quality sound is essential, the Hong Kong Convention Centre, and the London Palladium. Many hotels also have Tannoy systems in their concert halls, including the Bellagio Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
More recently, Tannoy systems have been installed at the Burj Khalifa, the Atlantis Hotel Resort in Dubai, and the Yas Marina Hotel on the Abu Dhabi F1 circuit.
The company’s factory is located in Coatbridge, Scotland, near Glasgow, where they’ve been situated for 35 years. Today, all hi-end Tannoy products are still engineered, designed, developed and manufactured in the UK.