Product Overview

Years 1955-1964

 

1955
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1955: The Music Cabinet 7080 W/3 D is also in a 50s design, and is nicknamed "leaning Max" because of its slanted feet. Two doors open the radio and record part, and a 10-record changer is, of course, part of the package.

 

 




1956
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1956: By now the portable radios can also receive every frequencies. The Transistor-Boy L receives short, medium and long wave; the VHF-Concert-Boy 56, as the name indicates, can also receive VHF. The latter can be elegantly closed with a shutter.

 

The Concert Radio 5080 is equipped with an equaliser, which has five controls and a visual display.  

 

 




1957
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1957: Grundig acquires majority shareholding of the typewriter manufacturers Triumph in Nuremberg and Adler in Frankfurt.

The largest tape recorder factory in the world is created in Bayreuth. The main aim of development in this time is the optimisation of the sound quality for mono systems.

The top hit of the year - the Portable Tape Recorder TK830 - has, among other features, two tape speeds, a 3-D sound button and a sound level indicator with a visual dial, all for 965 marks. 

 

 




1958
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1958: For the first time an appliance is introduced to the market where both the record player and the tape recorder can play in stereo. The Stereo Concert Cabinet SO 200 costs 2,975 marks. But even the successors to "leaning Max" now receive stereo, at only 900 marks.

Fully transistorised pocket receivers are now available, as the Transistor-Box and the Pocket Transistor Boy. Both receive on medium wave and have pushbutton switches. 

 

 





 

1959: As the first German manufacturer, Grundig sells the Stereo Control Unit 6098, which does not have any built-in speakers. It is intended for connection to separate loudspeakers.

 

 




1960

 

1960: A tape recorder production plant is established in Northern Ireland.

The first fully-transistorised portable receiver with VHF goes by the name of Teddy-Transistor-Boy .The Mini-Boy is the smallest pocket radio available to date, with dimensions of only 104 x 65 x 27 mm and weighing only 250 g. As an accessory for the home, there is a home speaker with a clock.

Because more TV channels are to be launched, appliances such as the Zauberspiegel 61 T 50 are upgraded to receive VHF for a 92 mark surcharge. Since as early as 1954, remote controls connected with a cable have been part of the range of accessories; now a wireless ultrasound remote control is available for 24 marks.

 

 




1961

 

1961: With the Television Boy, a television set joins the series of portable units for the first time. Features: 47 cm picture tubes, remote control and VHF/UHF changeover via pushbuttons.

The new Solo-Boy pocket radio is even smaller as the Mini Boy. It weighs only 145 g and has the dimensions 78 x 54 x 25 mm.

 

 




1962

 

1962: A modern factory to manufacture tape recorders is established in Nuremberg-Langwasser.
 
In the hi-fi sector Grundig brings a modular system with separate components such as the Radio Receivers HF 1/HF 2 and the Hi-fi Stereo Amplifiers NF 1/NF 2 onto the market. For these, separate speaker units, record players, tape recorders and a Phonomascope (3-D sound device) can be added as desired. In this way customers can build up their own hi-fi and stereo system and incorporate it into their living room design.

 

 




1963

 

1963: The Zweite Deutsche Fernsehen (ZDF, the second German TV channel) goes on air. For the first time radio stations start to broadcast programmes in stereo.

The Ocean Boy Global Receiver Receiver is the predecessor of the satellite series, with three short wave ranges.

The first component system is released, equipped with the RT 50 Hi-fi Radio Tuner and the SV 50Stereo Amplifier.

 

 




1964

 

1964: New technologies are introduced for the dictation machines: single-hole tape magazines and foil recording media. With a recording capacity of 2 x 22 minutes, the Electronic Notebook EN 3 comes onto the market.