Aiwa Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Aiwa produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1962 to 1972 which were manufactured in Japan. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. The early models of Aiwa tape recorders used tube electronics and later on they transitioned to solid-state tape recorders. The company produced both 2 and 4 track machines available in 110-120v voltages.

Between 1970 and 1990, 86 percent of Aiwa’s revenues came from stereo systems, portable stereo systems, headphone stereos, minicomponents, minidisc players, CD and cassette players and car stereo systems.

90 percent of its production outside Japan from Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

80 percent of sales outside Japan, with 43 percent in North and South America, 25 percent in Europe, and 13 percent in areas of Asia outside Japan and in other regions.

In 1982 Sony owned 54.6% of the company giving it majority control.

December 2002- Purchased by Sony Corporation. No longer a separate company, 100% owned and a division of Sony.

2005- No further product development.

2006- Aiwa products discontinued.

General Information

Brand: Aiwa

Years in Business: 1951 To 2006

Country: Japan

Years making R-R Tape Recorders: 1955