TEAC Corporation (pronounced "Tee-ack")is an electronics company based in Japan. TEAC was founded in 1953 as the Tokyo Electro Acoustic Company.
TEAC has four divisions:
*TASCAM - consumer to professional audio products, mostly recording
*ESOTERIC - High-end consumer audio products
*TEAC Consumer Electronics - Mass market audio products
*Data Storage and Disk Publishing Products - Floppy drives, DVD and CD recorders and drives, MP3 players & NAS storage
TEAC is known for its audio equipment, and was a primary manufacturer of high-end audio equipment in the 1970s and 1980s. During that time, TEAC produced notable reel-to-reels, cassette decks, CD players, turntables and amplifiers.
Of particular note is that TEAC produced an audio cassette with tape hubs reels that resembled reel-to-reel tape reels in appearance. Many manufactures of the time used these TEAC cassettes in advertisements of their tape decks because the TEAC cassettes looked more professional than standard audio cassettes, and because reel-to-reel tape recordings were known to be of higher quality than cassette recordings.
In the 80s and 90s TEAC became well known for producing inexpensive high quality floppy disk drives. Up until the mid 90s floppy drive quality was inconsistent, often resulting in a disk that could be read only with the drive that wrote it due to minor variances in manufacturing specifications. TEAC became a leader in high quality floppy drives during this time and was a selling point in advertisements of the time.