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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. In the audio field, Tannoy stands alone for its success in developing early public address systems and then continuing its reputation through 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.

Tannoy : The Birth

In London, 1926, Guy R. Fountain (GRF) perfected a new type of electric rectifier with the aim of designing a charger more suitable for use in the home. His rectifier consisted of two dissimilar metals held in a special electrolyte solution. One metal was tantallum, and the other an alloy of lead. So successful was the invention that Guy Fountain founded a British company called Tannoy (a contraction of the words 'tantallum' and 'alloy'). Tannoy began to diversify and soon became internationally known and highly regarded in all aspects of sound reproduction.

Tannoy’s Dual Concentric

The first Dual Concentric loudspeaker, designated the monitor black, and designed by Tannoy's chief engineer at the time, Ronnie H. Rackham, appeared at the London Radio Show in 1947. This debut model employed a high-frequency compression driver or tweeter concentrically mounted within a 15 inch bass driver or woofer. The two were conceived as an integral unit, both operating in harmony creating that distinctive Tannoy sound. The Monitor Black marked a defining moment in the history of high-fidelity sound reproduction and the history of Tannoy. The famous "Dual" went through many incarnations including the Monitor Red and Monitor Gold, before arriving at today's highly sophisticated and high-tech Kingdom Royal Dual and the Gold Reference Duals in the Prestige GR series.