Magnecord Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Magnecord produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1950 to 1967 which were manufactured in USA. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. The early models of Magnecord 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.

1946– Magnecord, Inc. was founded in Chicago by 4 men who worked for the Research Division of  The Illinois Institute of Technology,  R.L.Landon, John S. Boyers, R.J. Tinkham and C.G. Barker.
1947– Magnecord’s first product was the professional wire recorder SD-1 (Super Duper). The company moved to produce reel tape recorders beginning with the PT series.
1948– The Magnecord PT6 was one of the very first broadcast-quality tape recorders ever made
1952– Magnecorder PT6J-AH and Magnecorder PT6-J released

1953– According to a January 1953 article in Magnecord Inc, the company has been working on binaural (stereo) technology for two years. Late in 1952 they promoted a number of binaural broadcasts, to spread the word. They stated… Magnecord does not lay claim to invention of binaural sound. It points only to the record which shows Magnecord engineers designed and developed the first commercially practical method of recording sound binaurally
1953– models M30, M33 were released
1956– Magnecord released the P 63 Pro Deck and the S-36B
1956– Midwestern Instruments (later known as TELEX) a company that made geophysical instrumentation, acquired Magnecord
1964– The Magnecord 1024 was introduced. The last reel tape recorders were made in the 1960’s
1988-Telex was in turn acquired by Memorex and went out of business in the mid-1990’s

General Information

Manufacturer: Magnecord

Years in Business: 1946 To 1995

Country: USA

Years making R-R Tape Recorders: 1946