Telefunken Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Telefunken produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1958 to 1979 which were manufactured in the Germany. These tape recorders targeted the consumer, semi-pro and studio market. The early models of Telefunken tape recorders used tube electronics and later on they transitioned to solid-state tape recorders. The company produced 2 and 4 track reel to reel machines with 110-120 voltages for the North American market as well as 220 to 240v for the European tape recorder enthusiasts.

1903 – Siemens & Halske and AEG founded “Telefunken Gesellschaft für drahtlose Telegraphie mbH” (Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited) for advancing wireless telegraphy together.

1928 – V-41 first push-pull tube sound amplifier for the German Radio Network

1932 – Added record players to product line.

1935 –“K1 Magnetophon” world’s first practical tape recorder and magnetic tape, presented in the Eighth Grand German Radio Exhibition in Berin.

1936 – World’s first sports broadcast using Telefunken Ikonoskop camera.

1939 – “PAL” first serial television of the German

1950 – Teleport I and II, first portable mobile radio devices

Post World War II

1951 – First television, the Type FE 8.

1954 – Released Magnetophon M5

1956 – First Traffic Radar System was introduced.

1957 – Magnetophon KL 35 and T 9

1958 – Magnetophon KL 65 and KL75

1959 – Magnetophon 85 and KL75/15. Introduced super computers TR4 and TR 440.

1960 – Magnetophon 76 and 77

1961 – Telefunken M 24 was released.

1962 – Produced M 95, M 96, M 97 & M 98

1963 – Magnetophon 55 and 85 De-Luxe

1965 – Magnetophon 104 and 300

1966 – Magnetophon 203 and 204

1967 – Telefunken and AEG merged. Released M10A ¼ tube stereo master tape machine

1969 – Magnetophon 204 TS, AEG-Telefunken’s two-millionth tape recorder

1970 – World premiere of audio-visual System TED (TelevisionDisc), creation of the mechanical digital Data Storage Device, the Mini-Disc.

1979 – Renamed as “AEG-Telefunken AG”.

1988 – Developed version of the Two-way Radio for Lufthansa Airlines.

General Information

Manufacturer: Telefunken

Years in Business: 1903 To Present

Country: Germany

Years making R-R Tape Recorders: 1935