Collection: Ampex Cassette Tapes

Ampex is an American electronics company founded in 1944 by Alexander M. Poniatoff. The name AMPEX is a portmanteau, created by its founder, which stands for Alexander M. Poniatoff Excellence. Originally known for its high-quality reel-to-reel tape recorders, which were used for recording in the early days of television, the company has been influential in developing recording technology.

Ampex's first great success was with the sound recording industry, where its tape recorders were used to record albums and movies. The company's products were considered high-end and were used by professional recording studios. In the 1950s, Ampex moved into the video recording market, creating the first commercially successful videotape recorder (VTR) in 1956. This innovation revolutionized the television industry by allowing broadcasters to record shows. The company continued to innovate, introducing slow-motion and instant replay television, which had a significant impact on sports broadcasting.

During the 1960s, Ampex faced competition from Japanese manufacturers, which led to financial difficulties. Despite this, the company continued to innovate, developing digital recording technology in the 1970s. However, the company's financial problems persisted, and it underwent several restructurings and ownership changes.

Today, Ampex's focus is on digital storage systems, including high-capacity data recorders and digital imaging systems for military and aerospace applications. The company has also diversified into other areas, such as data management and digital storage products.