TIMELINE: A Legacy of Sound

Connecting people to sound through innovative speaker designs

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1927
Motion picture sound is introduced with the release of the first “talkie,” The Jazz Singer. Engineers at Western Electric, who would later go on to form Altec Lansing, developed the technology

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1936
A group of Western Electric sound engineers start the “All Technical Products Company.” The name is later changed to Altec Service Corporation in December 1937.

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1941
Altec Service Corporation buys Lansing Manufacturing Company, headed by James B. Lansing, and forms the Altec Lansing Corporation on May 1, 1941.

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1943
Altec Lansing develops and produces the first duplex speakerphone, a version is still the world standard coaxial speakers.

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1945
Altec Lansing introduces professional speakers that make a major contribution to the quality and fidelity of audio and become the “Voice of the Theatre”.

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1948
Altec Lansing develops the first high-fidelity audio system for the general public.

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1949
Altec Lansing launches its first microphones the legendary 639: The “Bird Cage”.

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1952
Altec Lansing launches its first console “broadcast” (model 250) to become a global standard and is used in most famous U.S. radio stations.

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1958
Altec Lansing continues to expand and moves to Anaheim, California.

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1963
Altec Lansing acquires a specialised radio transmitters company and continues to expand with a number of its acquisitions including University Sound, Peerless Electrical, Standard and Cinema Systems Engineering.

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1968
Altec Lansing launches a line of audio products dedicated to professional musicians.

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1973
Altec Lansing opens its first branch in Europe (England) and Billboard magazine announced that there are more Altec Lansing product in studios all over the world than all other brands combined.

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1984
Altec Lansing is the official speaker system provide for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

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1986
Altec Lansing launches a new line of speakers for cars.

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1990
Altec Lansing creates the Computer Speaker Market.

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1992
Altec Lansing works with IBM to design and manufacture speakers for their computers. Many major PC manufacturers follow suit later: Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Asus, & more.

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1995
Launches the first surround system for computer (ACS 500) incorporating the Dolby Pro Logic technology followed by the first THX certified system. (ADA 890)

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2003
Altec Lansing works closely with Apple to create the first docking audio speaker for iPod.
with the launch of the iM1.

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2004
Altec Lansing launches first surround system without rear speakers with the GT5051.

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2005
Launches the first speakers using full USB technology:XT1.

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2008
Altec Lansing works closely with Apple to launch the world’s first iPhone docking speaker, the T612.

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2013
Altec Lansing launches its first portable wireless bluetooth speaker, “The Jacket” exclusively with Verizon stores nationwide just in time for Fathers Day.