Inaugurated in Kobe by Tsunetaro Nakatani as TOA Electric Manufacturing Company.
Production and sales of horn speakers, microphones and amplifiers begin.
In the early days, TOA was involved in developing unique products like the “TOA Portable Amplifier” and the “Record Recorder.” The former incorporated an amplifier, microphone, speaker and other components into a small case. The Record Recorder was also developed using TOA’s own technology. These units were produced on order by hand and were thus relatively expensive, but still they proved to be fairly well received. TOA developped made-to-order rack-mount amplifiers for use mainly in schools and factories, and through these gradually established its position as a specialized PA equipment manufacturer.
In 1954 TOA developed the world’s first electric megaphone offering clear sound over long distances.
"Despite the fact that the development of our Fully Digital Mixer was to be the first of its kind in the world, we had only a limited time frame of two and half years from the start of development till the system's final installation at the Vienna National Opera Theater."
The Grand Mecenat Award is sponsored by the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts and is presented to corporations that stand out as supporters of the arts and culture.
TOA received this award for its highly regarded "sound culture enlightenment activities"
TOA was involved in many facilities at the Bejing Olympics including the Main Stadium and Olympic Village. In the Bejing National Stadium the installation of TOA’s systems provided correct and accurate broadcasting that would allow for smooth game operations in a gigantic stadium boasting a seating capacity of as many as 91,000 spectators.
The Wimbledon Tennis Courts are host to the Wimbledon Championships, one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. A recent renewal of the public address systems here required updated, high-performance features, and so in 2011 TOA installed a system that includes the SX-2000 Smart Matrix System along with digital power amplifiers, helping to ensure the safety and smooth progress of each and every match.
TOA released the VX-3000 – an integrated highly scalable IP based Voice Alarm and Public Address System. Continuously improved by regular updates, the VX-3000 quickly developed to a key product in the market.
And in the same year TOA won the INAVATION AWARDS for the VX-3000.