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2010-

2014

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  • Historic events

Installed in network camera systems to Nara National Museum.

Released the TRIFORA Series of network camera systems featuring full HD picture quality.

Network Camera System TRIFORA catalogNetwork Camera System
TRIFORA catalog

FS-1000 In-wall Emergency Broadcast Equipment

WA-2000 Wireless Amplifier (22W)

N-C3820-3 TRIFORA Series Outdoor Dome-type Full HD Network Camera N-C3820-3

  • Sochi Winter Olympics.
  • Abeno Harukas commercial complex and Japan’s tallest building open for business.
  • Japanese consumption tax increased to 8%.
  • FIFA Soccer World Cup held in Brazil.

2013

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

TOA ELECTRONICS VIETNAM COMPANY LIMITED established in Vietnam.

Audio distribution business begins (transferred from Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd.).

Digital Wireless System

H-C1404-3 Outdoor HD-SDI Camera

  • Tokyo selected to host 2020 Olympic Games.

2012

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Released the FS-2000 Rack-Mounted Integrated Emergency/ General-Purpose Public Address System, the first of its kind ever developed in the industry to support earthquake early warning priority broadcasts.

Installed the Integrated Emergency/General-Purpose Public Address system in TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN®.

TOA Electronics India Private Limited established in India.

Asia-Pacific R&D Center established in Jakarta, Indonesia.

History Topics

For More People Farther Away

Miyakojima City Hall in Okinawa Horn array speakersMiyakojima City Hall in Okinawa
Horn array speakers

FS-2000 Rack-mount Emergency Broadcast System

PW-1430DB Plane Wave Speaker (30W, dual direction Sound emission)

  • Tokyo Skytree opens.
  • London Olympics.

2011

  • Company history
  • Historic events

Broadcast of the “Kanon,” TV program, jointly produced by TOA and Sun Television, begins.

TOA co-sponsors the 1st Kobe Marathon with sound.

History Topics

Announcements! Encouragements!

Kobe MarathonKobe Marathon

Smart matrix system, digital power amplifiers and other equipment installed at Wimbledon tennis courts in the U.K.

History Topics

The Sounds of Wimbledon

Wimbledon tennis courtsWimbledon tennis courts

  • Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami claim more than 19,000 casualties.
  • Nuclear power plant explosions in Fukushima cause extensive dispersal of radioactive substances.

2010

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

TOA Communication Systems, Inc. founded in the United States.

TOA Electronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd. founded in Thailand.

PT. TOA-GALVA Prima Karya founded in Indonesia.

Installed sound systems in the main pavilion and many other facilities at Expo 2010 Shanghai.

European emergency broadcast system standard EN 54 approval obtained.

TOA Receives Prestigious ‘Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award’ for Mecenat Activities.

History Topics

For Each Generation, Its Own Form

The 2010 Mecenat Award Trophy awarded for the Director General of the Agency of Cultural Affairs PrizeThe 2010 Mecenat Award
Trophy awarded for the
Director General
of the Agency of Cultural
Affairs Prize

M-633D Digital Stereo Mixer

WM-1420 Press-to-talk Type Wireless Microphone

  • Massive earthquake in Haiti kills more than 220,000.
  • Vancouver Winter Olympics.
  • Entire Tohoku Shinkansen line completed, connecting Tokyo and Aomori.

2000-

2009

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

TOA ELECTRONICS SOUTHERN AFRICA (PROPRIETARY) LIMITED founded in Republic of South Africa.

TOA security equipment receives approval from the Recognition of Better Security Systems (RBSS).

Installed large-scale line array speakers(types A,C,etc.) at Hanshin Koshien Stadium.

History Topics

Clear, True-to-Life Sound Conveys the Passion of the Game!

Line array speakersLine array speakers

S-D7000 Digital Wireless Microphone (TRANTEC)

VM-3000 Rack-mount Emergency Broadcast System

  • Japan’s first lay judge system begins.

2008

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

TOA ELECTRONICS (M) SDN. BHD., a Malaysian overseas subsidiary, is established.

The TOA Direct, TOA’s direct internet sales website opens for business.

ACOUS Corporation, Pasco Co., Ltd. merge and continue as ACOUS Corporation.

Involvement in many facilities at the Beijing Olympics, including the Main Stadium and Olympic Village.

Beijing National Stadium (nicknamed The Bird’s Nest)Beijing National Stadium
(nicknamed The Bird’s Nest)

ER-1000 Hands-free Megaphone(6W)

Line Array Speaker typeH

  • Akihabara massacre in Tokyo (7 dead).
  • Beijing Olympics.
  • Lehman Brothers (USA) bankruptcy.
  • Barak Obama elected president of the United States.

2007

  • Product history
  • Historic events

A-2120 Desktop Amplifier (120W, 5 channels)

NX-220HU IP Notification Station

  • Global stock market crash (subprime mortgage crisis)
  • Japan Post Group established.

2006

  • Company history
  • Product history

Full-scale entry into the business field related to Earthquake Early Warning systems.

Earthquake Early Warning System catalogEarthquake Early
Warning System catalog

SX-2000 Smart Matrix System

WA-1712 Wireless Amplifier (with CD cassette, 20W)

2005

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Development of Line Array Speakers.

First development of Multichannel Digital Power Amplifiers designed for high impedance applications in Japan.

TOA Music Workshop, a music-focused experimental program designed for elementary and middle school children, commences operation.

Emergency/general purpose broadcast systems installed in the TAIPEI 101 skyscraper, a high-rise office building built in Taipei, Taiwan.

History Topics

Sound Protecting Skyscrapers

The TAIPEI 101 skyscraper in Taipei, TaiwanThe TAIPEI 101 skyscraper in Taipei, Taiwan

HX-5B Compact Array Speaker (200W)

DP-L2 Digital Ambient Noise Controller

  • Expo 2005 opens in Aichi Prefecture.
  • JR train derailment accident occurs, killing 107 people.

2004

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Receives the 9th Disclosure Award from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

NX-100 network audio adapter receives the Grand Prix award of the 2004 IPv6 Application Contest.

Super Streetlight System installed in Tokyo’s Ginza district.

History Topics

Public Safety & Security

Super Streetlight SystemSuper Streetlight System

N-8000 Series Intercom System

C-CV10-3 Single Cable Camera

  • Athens Olympics.
  • Chuetsu Earthquake kills 40 people.
  • Sumatra Earthquake and tsunami kill more than 300,000 people.
  • Beslan school hostage crisis (Russia).

2003

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Construction of new factory of ACOUS Co., Ltd. completed.

TOA ASSOCIATE CORPORATION established.

D-901 Digital Mixer

  • Personal Information Protection Law established.
  • Iraq War.

2002

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

TOA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, TOA (CHINA) LIMITED. is established in China.

ACOUS Corporation, AIREX Co., Ltd., and MECANIX Co., Ltd. merge and continue as ACOUS Corporation.

Packet Audio network PA system (NX-100) released.

Network Audio Adapter NX-100Network Audio Adapter NX-100

VX-2000 Rack-mount Emergency Broadcast System

NX-100 Network Audio Adapter

  • FIFA World Cup held in Japan and Korea.
  • Operation of basic resident registration network system begins.
  • Circulation of Euro currency begins.

2001

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Establishes DYNATECH CORPORATION (SHEN ZHEN) (consolidated accounting from 2005).

TOA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, TOA Electronics PTE Ltd., is established in Singapore.

TOA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, TOA Vietnam Co., Ltd., is established in Vietnam.

New products employing TOA’s networking technologies are released.

NetCanSee video networking system(N-CC1110)

TOA’s Takarazuka headquarters win ISO 14001 certification for environmental compatibility.

TOA installs the ix-3000 and other sound systems in NHK Hall, Osaka.

Control room at NHK Osaka HallControl room at NHK Osaka Hall

Field sound systems and integrated emergency systems are installed in Kobe Wing Stadium, one of the venues used for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

History Topics

Making Stadiums Come Alive

Wing Stadium, KobeWing Stadium, Kobe

VM-2000 Rack-mount Emergency Broadcast Equipment

N-CC1000 Network Camera

  • Osaka elementary school massacre.
  • September 11 attack on New York’s World Trade Center.

2000

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

TOA introduces the SAP/R3 system into its business operations, incorporating an SQL server to unify its basic information and accounting systems.

TOA’s sound systems play a central role in the “HELLO JAPAN! HELLO 21!! in GIFU” event put on by world-famous fashion designer Yamamoto Kansai.

HELLO JAPAN! HELLO 21!! in GIFUHELLO JAPAN!HELLO 21!! in GIFU

BS-1030B Compact Speaker (30W)

WM-4000 Handheld Wireless Microphone

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin takes office.
  • Volcanic eruption of Mt. Oyama on the island of Miyakejima.
  • Okinawa Summit held.
  • Sydney Olympics.

1990-

1999

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

Receives Good Design Prize for Interior Design Speaker.

Integrated emergency PA system installed at Osaka International Airport.

Dissolves Takitsu Co., Ltd.

Smart Congress System

H-1 Interior Design Speaker (30W)

  • EU introduces the Euro.
  • All bridges of the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway linking Japan’s Honshu and Shikoku islands completed.
  • Portugal returns Macao to China.

1998

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

P-120DH Power Amplifier (120W × 2 channels − H)

C-CC100ZL Single Cable Color Camera

  • Nagano Winter Olympics.
  • Akashi Kaikyo Bridge completed between Kobe and Awaji island.

1997

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Listed on the First Section of both Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges.

Large-scale sound system including ix-3000 installed at Setagaya Arts Center.

IP series dual power amplifier for facilities released.

High-speed rotating dome camera released.

C-CC51HSC-CC51HS

FS-971 Rack-mount Emergency Broadcast System

SX-1000 Smart Matrix System

IP-600D Power Amplifier (600W × 2 channels)

  • Consumption tax increased to 5%.
  • 14-year-old boy arrested in Kobe child murder incident.
  • Hong Kong returned to China.
  • Chemical Weapons Convention enters into force.

1996

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

Listed on Second Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.

TOA Internet Home Page established.

Sound system installed at China Trust Music Hall, Taiwan.

Sound image shifting system using digital signal processing technology installed at Toda Motorboat Racing Facility.

Corporate sponsor of Kobe Luminarie. Sound production managed by XEBEC; 3.85 million Visitors.

History Topics

A Regionally Aligned Company

Speakers installed at the Kobe Luminarie light festivalSpeakers installed at the Kobe Luminarie light festival

EXES-7000 Series Intercom System

A-1506  PA Amplifier A-1500 Series (60W, 5 channels)

  • Atlanta Olympics.
  • Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) signed.

1995

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

Great Hanshin Earthquake strikes on January 17.

Hong Kong Office incorporated as TOA (Hong Kong) Ltd.

Consolidated accounting system begins.

Receives Grand Prix at Mecenat Awards ‘95 presented by Mecenat Council.

History Topics

TOA received the Grand Mecenat Award

Mecenat Award '95 Grand Prix trophyMecenat Award '95 Grand Prix trophy

M-110 Stereo Mixer

WM-1400 Press-to-talk Type Wireless Microphone

  • Great Hanshin Earthquake claims 6,437 casualties.,437人
  • Sarin gas attack in Tokyo subways.
  • World Trade Organization established.

1994

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

PA and other systems installed at Kansai international Airport.

World’s first speaker system allowing individual speaker volume adjustment at one location installed in Mitsukoshi Department Store’s Yebisu (Tokyo) branch.

DP-0204 Digital Signal Processor developed.

World’s first diesel-engine noise canceling system commercialized.

Convention audio equipment installed at National Convention Hall of Yokohama.

Pacific Convention Plaza Yokohama (Pacifico Yokohama)Pacific Convention Plaza Yokohama
(Pacifico Yokohama)

PM-660 Desktop Microphone

DP-0204 Digital Signal Processor (2 inputs/4 outputs)

  • Exchange rate hits records 99 yen per dollar, first-ever 2-digit mark.
  • Product Liability Act established.
  • Kansai International Airport opens.

1993

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

Arena audio system installed in Fukuoka Dome.

PA and other systems installed at Yokohama Landmark Tower.

History Topics

Z-DRIVE for Professionals in the Field

Z-Drive speaker systems successfully used in outdoor musical eventsZ-Drive speaker systems successfully used in outdoor musical events

ER-510 Hand Grip Type Megaphone (6W)

  • Japan Professional Football League opens.
  • Environment Basic Act established.
  • European Union (EC) established.

1992

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  • Historic events

First version of the ix-11000 fully digital mixing system for broadcasting stations and studios put into use in NHK’s Studio CU226.

Automatic broadcasting and other equipment installed in new terminal at Chitose Airport.

International Standardization Organization (ISO) certification obtained.

ISO 9000 registration certificateISO 9000 registration certificate

M-900MK2 PA Mixer Amplifier 900MK2 Series

F-777 Speaker System (80W)

  • Barcelona Olympics.

1991

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

Responsible for sound management at opening and closing ceremonies of international track and field meet.

PA and other systems installed in Bali’s international airport.

Sound system installed in NHK Hall.

NHK Hall NHK Hall

P-1060D Dual Power Amplifier (300W × 2 channels)

HF-250M Intercom Master Station

  • Persian Gulf War.
  • Large pyroclastic flow at Mt. Unzen in Kyushu claims 43 lives.
  • Collapse of Soviet Union.

1990

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

SR-F1 Z-DRIVE Speaker System (high frequency: 80W, low frequency: 120W)

CC-1350 Solid-state Color Camera

  • International Garden and Greenery Exposition held in Osaka.
  • Experimental high-definition television broadcasting begins.
  • Unification of East and West Germany.

1980-

1989

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

New TOA headquarters building located on Port Island, Kobe.
Construction of TOA PI Building completed.

TOA Electricc Co., Ltd. renamed TOA Corporation.

History Topics

NEW TOAーSetting Sail Toward a New Era

TOA headquartersTOA headquarters

TOA Electronics Taiwan Corporation established in Taipei.

XEBEC Corporation established.

SAORI Digital Signal Processor developed.

SAORI Digital Signal Processor

TP-200 Pager

  • Emperor Showa (Hirohito) passes away.
  • Consumption tax implemented.
  • Fall of Berlin Wall.

1988

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

BEAM sound room opened at Tokyo Office.

The BEAM Sound Room in TOA’s Tokyo officeThe BEAM Sound Room in TOA’s Tokyo office

An induction course held on a desert island as one of the new recruit education programs.

History Topics

A Punishing Desert isleSurvival Course

Desert island survival training course for new employeesDesert island survival training course for new employees

SF-30 Flying Speaker (120W)

F-600 Sound Speaker (120W)

  • Undersea tunnel between Aomori and Hokkaido completed.
  • Seoul Olympics.

1987

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

MR-8T Multi-track Recorder

CC-1150 Solid-state Color Camera

  • Japan National Railways privatized and divided into seven regional JR companies.
  • Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty concluded.

1986

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

STI measuring system, color CCTV camera, teleconferencing system, and multi-point communication system developed.

TOA speaker salesc increase, backed by a surging disco boom in Japan.

FS-861 Rack-mount Emergency Broadcast System

F-10B, F-10W Compact Speaker Triphylla (black, 15W, white, 15W)

  • Enforcement of the Equal Employment Opportunity Law.
  • Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident (Soviet Union).
  • General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev begins Perestroika campaign.

1985

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

TOA wins its first Good Design Prize (G mark) for 7 models, including a simplified CCTV system.

Official supplier for 1985 Kobe Universiade.

History Topics

Favorable Response to TOA Sound Systems

Kobe UniversiadeKobe Universiade

F-300 Series Fashion Sound Speaker (3 ways, 50W, red, white and gray)

Crystel Hi Telecom Equpment

  • Japan Air Lines Flight 123 jumbo jet crashes in mountains.
  • Group of Five Conference of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors agree on enhancement of joint intervention in exchange markets. (Plaza Agreement.)

1984

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

TOA enters the intercom market, introducing ten new products including door-phones.

New corporate symbol introduced.

History Topics

Changes in the TOA Logo

P-300D Dual Power Amplifier (300W × 2 channels)

380-SE Sound Speaker System (3 ways, 120W)

  • Sarajevo Winter Olympics.
  • Los Angeles Olympics boycotted by Soviet bloc countries.

1983

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

TOA Electronics Ltd. (currently TOA Corporation (UK) Ltd.) established in the U.K.

CCTV (closed-circuit television) system developed.

Newly-released CCTV (closed-circuit television) system Newly-released CCTV (closed-circuit television) system

The 1983 NAMM Show, where TOA’s professional sound equipment won high praise popularity.

View of TOA’s U.S. NAMM Show exhibitView of TOA’s U.S. NAMM Show exhibit

EXES-6000 Series Intercom System (electronic exchange capacity: up to 768 lines)

TA-1030 New Techno Series Desktop Amplifier (30 W)

  • Tsunami in Sea of Japan resulting from earthquake off coast of Akita Prefecture kills 104 people.
  • Korean Air Lines bombing incident.

1982

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

Online national distribution network completed.

Mixing Console RX-7-328 (32 input channels/8 output channels)

A-912 Mixer Power Amplifier 900A Series (120W)

  • Hotel New Japan fire in Tokyo claims 33 lives.
  • Joetsu and Tohoku Shinkansen lines opened.

1981

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

Starts operations of the Western Japan Distribution Center.

TOA equipment used at Kobe Portopia ‘81.

Large sound system installed in International Square of Kobe Port Island ExhibitionLarge sound system installed in International Square of Kobe Port Island Exhibition

High-powered PA system gains excellent reputationHigh-powered PA system gains excellent reputation

RS-300 Sound Speaker System (60W)

MA-6000 Wireless Music Amplifier (30W + 30W)

  • Pope John Paul II visits Japan.
  • Portopia ’81 exposition held in Kobe.

1980

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

Establishes Dynatron Industrial Co., Ltd. (consolidated accounting from 2001).

Acoustic Center opened at Takarazuka Headquarters.

Anechoic chamber in TOA’s Acoustic CenterAnechoic chamber in TOA’s Acoustic Center

EV-500 Audio Source Device (4 output channels)

  • Moscow Olympics. United States, West Germany, Japan and other countries boycott.
  • Iran-Iraq War begins.

1970-

1979

  • Company history
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  • Historic events

SC-300A Ultra Power Speaker (300W)

  • Radiation leak at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in the United States.

1978

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

The MA-007 Wireless Music Amplifier (Karaoke) is released, and becomes a big hit.

AIREX Co., Ltd. established.

Sound Room completed at Takarazuka Headquarters.

History Topics

Sounds to Lift the Human Spirit

Istiqlal Mosque in IndonesiaIstiqlal Mosque in Indonesia

FS-761 Rack-mount Emergency Broadcast System

Assembly Fall System

  • New Tokyo International Airport opened in Narita.

1977

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

U.K. Branch opened (reorganized as a company in1983).

Stock listed on the Second Section of the Osaka Stock Exchange.

History Topics

Toward Stock Exchange Listing

Nikkei newspaper advertisement announcing TOA's stock listing on the Osaka Securities Exchange's Second Section Nikkei newspaper advertisement announcing TOA's stock listing on the Osaka Securities Exchange's Second Section

D-2502 Desk Console Amplifier (Expandable Up to 120W, for Single Source Broadcast)

WA-330 Wireless Amplifier (7W)

  • Volcanic eruption of Mt. Usuzan, near Toyako Lake in Hokkaido.

1976

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Y75 million worth of order received for equipment for Africa’s largest soccer stadium in Angola.

Intercom System developed.

EXES-3000 Series Intercom System

CA-201 Car-mounted Amplifier (with Cassette Player, 20W)

  • Montreal Olympics.
  • Lockheed bribery scandal rattles Japanese government.

1975

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

FS-751 In-wall Emergency Broadcast Equipment

RS-1 Sound Speaker (with Built-in 60W Power Amplifier)

  • Sanyo Shinkansen opens service between Okayama and Hakata.
  • Ocean Expo ’75 held in Okinawa.
  • Vietnam War ends.

1974

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

TOA Electronics, Inc. established in San Francisco.

Z-Series amplifiers enjoy excellent reputation.

ZM-104 Impedance Meter

  • Electronic Industries Association of Japan (EIAJ) established. Electronic Machinery Industries Association, EIAJ’s predecessor, dissolved.

1973

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

TAKITSU Co., Ltd. founded.

Computer-connected automatic broadcasting system developed.

National Police Agency makes bulk purchase of patrol car PA systems.

TOA ELECTRONICS DEUTSCHLAND G.m.b.H. established in Hamburg (reorganized in 1983).

Indonesian representative office established.

TA120RZ Z-series Desktop Amplifier (with Radio, 120W)

  • OPEC invokes oil embargo (first oil shock).
  • Fourth Arab-Israeli War breaks out in the Middle East.

1972

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Pasco Co., Ltd. established.

Transfers medical equipment division operations to TOA Medical Electronics Co., Ltd. (now Sysmex Corporation).

Pendent speaker, the industry’s first of its kind, developed.

Desk-amplifiers are released.

Automatic train announcement system installed at both Keisei Narita Station and Nankai Wakayakashi Station.

900-series launched in the North American market.

History Topics

「Something Different」

Somthing DifferentSomthing Different

BS-967 Pendant Ball Speaker (10W)

MA-220W Meeting Amplifier (Chika-Chika Wide) (15W)

  • Sapporo Winter Olympics.
  • Sanyo Shinkansen opens between Shin-Osaka and Okayama.
  • Okinawa reverts to Japan.
  • Munich Olympics.

1971

  • Product history
  • Historic events

WM-146, WM-B-1, WMC-1 Wireless Microphone

  • United States announces new economic measures to keep the dollar strong (Nixon Shock).
  • Japanese government shifts from fixed yen/dollar exchange rate to the floating exchange rate system.

1970

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

TOA Communications Co., Ltd. established (now TOA Engineering Co., Ltd.).

Takeo TOA Co., Ltd. established (now TAKEX Co., Ltd.).

TOA’s emergency broadcast systems approved by the Broadcasting Systems Technical Committee.

“Chika-Chika” Series wireless amplifiers is released.

TOA equipment used for Osaka’s Expo ‘70.

History Topics

Hospitality Through Sound

TOA PA system installed on Expo Tower at Expo 70 in OsakaTOA PA system installed on Expo Tower at Expo 70 in Osaka

Radio car used at the Osaka ExpoRadio car used at the Osaka Expo

FS-391 Rack-mount Emergency Broadcast System

SC-35P Combination Type Horn Speaker (35W)

  • Expo ’70 world’s fair opens in Osaka.

1960-

1969

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

U.S. representative office established in San Francisco.

Emergency warning system developed.

Hotel-oriented emergency broadcast system catalogHotel-oriented emergency broadcast system catalog

TA-265S Desktop Emergency Amplifier (15W)

TZ-101, TZ-201, TZ-301, TZ-401 Column Speaker (10W, 20W, 30W, 40W)

  • Tomei Expressway completed between Tokyo and Nagoya.
  • First FM radio broadcasts by a private broadcasting station begin.
  • Apollo 11 successfully lands on the moon.

1968

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Establishes a medical equipment sales company, TOA Medical Electronics Co., Ltd. (now Sysmex Corporation).

Establishes Takarazuka Metal Co., Ltd. (name changed to MECANIX Co., Ltd. in 1983), a company specializing in manufacturing metal press dies.

TOA PA system logo introduced.

Holds the 1st PA System Exhibition at the Osaka Shin-Hankyu Building.

New PA system using cabinet-rack format developed.

Megaphone for use in airplanes jointly developed with Japan Airlines.

History Topics

TOA’s Most Famous Pruduct

ER-303 megaphoneER-303 megaphone

Rack-mount General-purpose Broadcast System Type H-200 (with Electro-chime and Radio, 200W)

Wireless Amplifier WA-310 (5W)

  • Mexico Olympics.
  • Hotel fire in Kobe’s Arima-Onsen Hot Springs kills 30 and triggers revision of Japan’s Fire Services Act.
  • 300 million yen robbery carried out in Tokyo.
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty established.

1967

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Blue Line series of amplifiers developed.

Blue Line Series Amplifiers catalogBlue Line Series Amplifiers catalog

HA-375 Blue Line Series Tube PA Amplifier (with Radio, 10W)

TZ-404, TZ-406, TZ-408 Column Speaker (15W, 20W, 30W)

  • Summer Universiade held in Tokyo.
  • European Community (EC) established.

1966

  • Product history
  • Historic events

TB-210 Reel-to-reel BGM Tape Player

PM-600 Microphone and TA-101 PA Amplifier

  • Japan’s population exceeds 100 million. GNP exceeds 100 billion dollars.
  • China launches the Cultural Revolution.

1965

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

ACOUS Co., Ltd. founded.

Transistor megaphone plant receiver JIS certification.

Desk Console Amplifier

TA-30RC Solid State PA Amplifier(with Electro-chime and Radio, 30W)

  • Meishin Expressway completed between Kobe and Nagoya.

1964

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

CH-20B Cylindrical Horn Speaker (20W)

SPA-302 Shoulder Type Megaphone (3W)

  • Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train service begins.
  • Tokyo Olympics.

1963

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Automatic blood cell counting instrument developed and first unit delivered.

Establishes Ikegami Metal Co., Ltd., a TOA satellite company specializing in metal spin forming.

Attracted industry-wide attention with development of HA-30 amplifier.

History Topics

High Performance Amplifiers

New Year’s card printed in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of TOA’s foundingNew Year’s card printed in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of TOA’s founding

PC-10D Panel Cone Speaker (Round Type, 10W)

HA-30 Hi-Amplifier (30W)

  • NHK begins Japan’s first UHF television broadcasting.

1962

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

New Production Facility established in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture.

TOA’s new company building in TakarazukaTOA’s new company building in Takarazuka

Orients toward the development of a high power output PA system. Tests prove successful.

History Topics

Voice transmission test through a gigantic horn speaker

Voice transmission test through a gigantic horn speakerVoice transmission test through a gigantic horn speaker

UW-5B Underwater Speaker (30W)

  • First Japan Electronic Industry Exhibition held in Tokyo.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis.

1961

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

The decision is made to make inroads into the medical engineering (ME) industry.

A police motorcycle PA system is developed.

PA device mounted on police bikesPA device mounted on police bikes

ER-303 Shoulder Type Megaphone (4W)

  • Second Muroto Typhoon strikes Japan with 202 killed or missing.

1960

  • Company history
  • Historic events

“TOA’s Megaphone,” a radio commercial sung by The Peanuts (a popular Japanese singing duo of twin sisters) is produced and regularly broadcast.

  • First transistorized televisions put on sale.
  • Rome Olympics.
  • NHK and four private TV corporations begin color TV broadcasting.

1950-

1959

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

CA-106 and CA-112 transistor amplifiers for automobiles developed.

TOA headquarters move to a new three-story ferro-concrete building equipped with a complete anechoic chamber.

CA-106 Car-mounted Amplifier (transistor Type, 10W)

ER-301 Hand Grip Type Megaphone (5W)

  • Isewan Typhoon hits Central Japan, resulting in over 5,200 casualties.
  • Bell Laboratories of the United States announces PN-junction type transistors.

1958

  • Company history
  • Historic events

TOA is recognized by MITI (Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry) as a model rationalized factory for small and medium enterprises.

TOA receives the Director-General of Small and Medium Enterprises Agency prize.

The second-generation ER-58 transistorized megaphone is released and well received.

History Topics

Transistor Megaphone Development Backstory

ER-58 transistorized megaphoneER-58 transistorized megaphone

  • Third Asian Games held in Tokyo.
  • First domestic stereo record put on the market.

1957

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Japan’s first transistorized megaphone, the ER-57, is developed.

History Topics

First in the World, First in Japan

ER-57 transistorized megaphone catalogER-57 transistorized megaphone catalog

TOA NEWS, a company bulletin intended for overseas customers, debutsTOA NEWS, a company bulletin intended for overseas customers, debuts

ER-57 Shoulder Type Megaphone

RA-7 Portable Amplifier (Vacuum Tube Type with Radio, 10W)

  • NHK commences FM radio broadcasting.
  • NHK and Nippon Television Network Corporation begin experimental color television broadcasting.
  • Sputnik 1, Earth’s first artificial satellite, launched into orbit by the Soviet Union.

1956

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

The EM-202 electric megaphone begins volume exports to the United States.

First floor of the ferroconcrete head office building under construction.

Former headquarters building in KobeFormer headquarters building in Kobe

HW-7 Horn Tweeter (25W)

  • Entire Tokaido Line electrified.
  • Melbourne Olympics.
  • Japan’s entry into the United Nations approved by the U.N. general assembly.

1955

  • Company history
  • Historic events

PA-1 and VA-5 portable amplifiers, CM-10 microphone and TS-5A speaker sold in a complete package.

  • First domestically produced transistor radios put on the market.
  • First Asian-African Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia.

1954

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Tokyo Office established.

EM-202, the world’s first electric megaphone, developed.

EM-202 electric megaphone catalogEM-202 electric megaphone catalog

“Three Guarantees” basic management policy established.

History Topics

Progress toward independent management

EM-202 Shoulder Type Electric Megaphone

  • Toyamaru train ferry sunk by Typhoon No. 15 in the Tsugaru Straight between Aomori and Hakodate with 1,698 casualties.
  • First domestically produced transistors sold.

1953

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

Commencement of trade with India.

Exports to India beginExports to India begin

PA-1 Portable Amplifier (Vacuum Tube Type with Radio, 10W)

DM-60 Dynamic Microphone

  • NHK television broadcasting commences in Tokyo.

1952

  • Historic events
  • Helsinki Olympics.

1951

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

First TOA horn speaker catalogFirst TOA horn speaker catalog

TS-30L U Driver Unit (30W)

  • Commercial radio broadcasting begins in Japan.
  • Treaty of San Francisco and Security Treaty signed by Japan and the U.S.

1950

  • Product history
  • Historic events

TS-25L H Horn (Adaptable to TS-25L U)

DM-52 Dynamic Microphone

  • Korean War breaks out.

1934-

1949

  • Company history
  • Historic events

TOA Electric Co., Ltd. capitalized at Y500,000, with 12 employees and Tsunetaro Nakatani as president.

Main factory established in Hyogo-ku, Kobe.

TOA's company headquarters in 1934TOA's company headquarters in 1934

  • Japan Industrial Standard (JIS) established.
  • People’s Republic of China established.

1948

  • Historic events
  • Radio Communication Machinery Industries Association (currently, Electronic Industries Association of Japan) established.
  • London Olympics.
  • American William Bradford Shockley invents the transistor.
  • First Arab-Israeli Conflict breaks out in the Middle East.

1947

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

TOA returns from Tokushima to Kobe, and restarts operations in Kobe’s Suma ward.

Japan’s first permanent reflex horn speaker developed.

History Topics

The TOA Trumpet Horn Speaker

Reflex horn speakerReflex horn speaker

TS-202H Reflex Horn、TS-202 Driver Unit (20W)

CM-140 Crystal Microphone

  • Japan’s Constitution ratified.
  • United States announces the Marshall Plan.

1946

  • Historic events
  • First Japanese National Athletic Meet held in Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe area.

1945

  • Company history
  • Historic events

The company building is totally destroyed in the March 16 and 17 Kobe air raids.

  • Atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • Japan unconditionally surrenders, bringing end to the Pacific War.
  • United Nations organized.
  • Korean Peninsula divided into North and South.

1944

  • Company history
  • Historic events

Cover of TOA products catalog from around 1944Cover of TOA products catalog from around 1944

  • Volcanic eruption in Hokkaido creates new mountain (Mt. Showa-Shinzan).
  • First Tokyo Air Raids by American B-29 bombers launched from base in Mariana Islands.

1943

  • Company history
  • Product history

Velocity microphone, rack-mount amplifier and horn speaker (from left to right)Velocity microphone, rack-mount amplifier and horn speaker
(from left to right)

TOA Type 80 Crystal Microphone

TOA Type 100 Velocity Microphone

1942

  • Company history

Manufacturing of microphones, amplifiers and speakers consolidated into TOA’s own factory.

1941

  • Historic events
  • Japanese military attack Pearl Harbor, land on the Malay Peninsula and declare war against the United States and Great Britain, signaling the start of the Pacific War.
  • Atlantic Charter agreement signed by the United States and Great Britain.

1940

  • Product history
  • Historic events

TOA Type 60 Rack Amplifier (Vacuum Tube Type, 60W)

TOA Type 120 Rack Amplifier (Vacuum Tube Type, 120W)

  • Tripartite Pact signed by Japan, Germany and Italy.

1939

  • Company history
  • Product history
  • Historic events

The company moves to new premises on Shimosawa-dori in Kobe’s Hyogo ward.

Consistent production of TOA Type 35 Reitz microphones and Type 2010 horn speakers achieved.

History Topics

Becoming a Specialist in PA Equipment Manufacture

TOA’s unique portable amplifier debutsTOA’s unique portable amplifier debuts

Portable Amplifier (Vacuum Tube Type with Radio, 10W)

  • German troops advance into Poland, marking the start of World War II.
  • NHK Science & Technical Research Laboratories carry out successful experimental television broadcasts.

1938

  • Historic events
  • Torrential rains in the Osaka-Kobe region kill 933 people.

1937

  • Historic events
  • Marco Polo Bridge Incident signals start of the Second Sino-Japanese War.
  • Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) begins radio broadcasts.

1936

  • Historic events
  • February 26 Incident (attempted coup d’etat by young Imperial Japanese Army officers).
  • Berlin Olympics.
  • Spanish Civil War breaks out.

1935

  • Company history
  • Product history

TOA Type 35 Carbon Microphone

TOA Type 2010 Excitation Type Driver Unit

Straight Horn

1934

  • Company history
  • Historic events

Inaugurated in Kobe by Tsunetaro Nakatani as TOA Electric Manufacturing Company.

Production and sales of horn speakers, microphones and amplifiers begin.

Mr. Tsunetaro Nakatani (TOA’s first president) Mr. Tsunetaro Nakatani (TOA’s first president)

History Topics

The Start of TOA History

The Kamisawa Street area of Kobe around the time of TOA’s founding (viewed from Kobe Tower in Shinkaichi.)The Kamisawa Street area of Kobe around the time of TOA’s founding
(viewed from Kobe Tower in Shinkaichi.)

  • Typhoon Muroto devastates the Kansai region.
  • Wireless telephone communication lines open between Tokyo and Manila.