Fidelity Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Fidelity produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1959 to 1969 which were manufactured in United Kingdom. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. The early models of Fidelity 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 & 220-240v voltages.

Founded after WWII, Jack Dickman’s Fidelity Radio Company produced cheap radios and record players for the general domestic market, especially during the ‘swinging sixties’. The Fidelity range of tape recorders used BSR decks and Fidelity’s own attractive contemporary cabinets. The first models, the ‘Argyll’ and ‘Argyll Minor’ were released in late 1959, the last model ‘Braemar’ appeared in 1968.

By 1972 Fidelity were the largest transistor radio and colour TV manufacturer in Britain, acquiring the HMV brand in 1979 before coming part of the Caparo Group in 1984. However with cheap imports from Asia, manufacture finally ceased in 1988.

General Information

Brand: Fidelity

Country: United Kingdom

Years making R-R Tape Recorders: 1959