Few companies' products have such a profound impact on our lives that their names enter the dictionary as generic descriptions for their inventions. There are notable exceptions such as Biro, for its ballpoint pen and Hoover for its vacuum cleaner. But in the audio field, Tannoy stands alone for its success in developing early public address systems and then continuing its reputation for pioneering audio solutions. The word Tannoy is synonymous with sound, appearing in the dictionary as: 'a communications system with loudspeakers, used for making announcements in public buildings.' The phrase 'Over the Tannoy' is universally used to describe a PA announcement.
Today, Tannoy is the brand name that can be found on many prestigious sound installations throughout the world.
At the centre of the company's modern success is the unique driver technology developed and utilised by Tannoy, the Dual Concentricu2122, used in all manner of loudspeaker product ranges. Unlike ordinary drive units, the Dual Concentricu2122 is effectively two drivers properly merged into one, where the high-frequency unit is positioned on the back of the low frequency driver to ensure that they are on the same acoustic axis. With this system, the sound energy is propagated from the same point and delivered through the centre of the low frequency cone - a true point source.
TANNOY remains active in three key audio sectors: Commercial Audio, Studio Monitors and Residential Audio. In each of these market sectors, TANNOY continues to incorporate exceptionally highly developed derivatives of the Dual Concentricu2122 driver into its products maintaining the sound principles behind the original design concept in that it combines transparent, fluid performance with true point source symmetrical dispersion properties