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Altec Lansing Headquarters, Anaheim California, Circa 1965
(Note Disneyland Monorail in Background)
Altec Lansing Technologies


 


The history of Altec Lansing is in many ways the history of sound reproduction. It is a complex saga that has its beginnings with the rise of the movie sound industry in the 1930's, dominance in the professional sound field by the 1940's, helping to define the home hi-fi phenomenon in the 1950's, market supremacy through the 1960's and into the 70's, but closing with a tragic and protracted fall through the 80's and 90's. By 2000, the original Altec Lansing would cease to exist with Telex Communications Incorporated's closure of the Altec Lansing Professional Division. The name would live on as a brand of multimedia sound products having been sold to the former Sparkomatic Corporation in 1984.

On the bright side, 2002 marks a rebirth for Altec Lansing Professional. Altec Lansing Technologies (the former Sparkomatic) relaunched this division with staff and products from the last incarnation of Altec Lansing, when part of Telex Communications.

We are in the process of researching the background of this remarkable company with the hope of developing a comprehensive history. In the interim, we present a history article profiling the start of the company through to the early 1960's and a timeline of the significant events associated with Altec Lansing.