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Altec Lansing is an American audio electronics company founded in Engineers at Western Electricwho later formed Altec Services Company, developed the technology for motion picture sound that was introduced in with the release of The Jazz Singer. In the Altec Services Company purchased the nearly bankrupt Lansing Manufacturing Company and melded the two names, forming the Altec Lansing Corporation, and with the manufacturing capabilities of the former Lansing Manufacturing Company, they quickly expanded into manufacturing horn loudspeakers.
What's changed the most in audio systems versus 50 years ago? Sure, we've switched from analog sources like tape and records to digital sources like computers and smartphones, but the most obvious change is in the speakers. The old speakers were built to get the most out of the relatively low-powered amplifiers of audio's early days.
One of our readers is the proud owner of a pair of Altec Lansing A "Voice of the Theatre" speakers as well as an assortment of other vintage gear. Here is the story behind his beloved speakers. After selling the studio, I went on to work as a recording engineer at Sound City that Sound Citythough I never worked on any famous albums, I saw a few famous ones being recorded.
No, not the movie. The screen. It's huge, when you get right up to it.
LA Jazz Audio did a nice packing job, and I was able to quickly remove the outer packing materials to reveal the speakers inside. The speakers were carefully wrapped and shipped upside down to ensure there was no damage to the wood cabinet legs. The vintage Altec's acquitted themselves quite well, especially considering we were just giving them a quick check to make sure everything was working ok after their long trip.
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