less know than JBL or (nowadays) ALTEC, Technical Audio Devices
high-efficiency loudspeakers rule in a good part of the serious
is less knwon is that T.A.D. is a direct offspring of... Pioneer
! Yup : Pioneer
forged the TAD-to-be in the early to mid 1970s when working on its
very successful HPM
A new brand was quick to emerge from this research and T.A.D. started
competing against Westlake, JBL and ALTEC.
used TAD to supply drivers and/or complete loudspeakers to the Japan-only
series of EXCLUSIVE
loudspeakers such as the Exclusive 3401
(1979, a TSM-2 variant with ET-703 super-tweeter and TN-703 network),
Exclusive Model 2401 Twin (aka TSM-1),
Exclusive Model 2402 (aka TSM-2), Exclusive
S5 (1989) or Exclusive Model 2251
(1993) - and quite a few others.
went south in the 1990s, JBL
isn't really present in the serious studios which leave us with
TAD and Westlake.
Plus the myriad of rarely satisying self-powered Genelecs that gradually
invaded small studios and venues...
and loudspeakers are standard for the real work. One just
needs a lot of room. And a lot of cash.
should be noted that TAD (i.e. Pioneer) recently started to develop
products, coincidentally with Pioneer's 70th anniversary.
bit like ALTEC did in the 1980s - let's hope TAD will be more successful
there than ALTEC was with the Bias