Translation of text in French directly
Adventure of a brand of audio devices
from the 70s, Teleton was for many people of the time
THE first high-fidelity channel. This
site does not claim to know everything about this
brand, but simply to share technical information,
photos and repair schemes.
First era ?
In the late 1940s appears an American
brand called Tele-Tone, specializing in radio and
television sets. Posts such as
the Tele-tone 195 or the 190 are still maintained by
passionate clubs, especially in Holland.
Is this an ancestor of Teleton?
Nothing leads to believe it ...
Second period :
Registered in the Commercial Register
in 1964 under No. 823621, the new company Teleton
Electro Ltd. (66-68 Margaret Street, London, UK)
specializes in the import and distribution of hi-fi
products in Europe.
Third period :
In July 1970, the British press announced that
Mitsubishi, the Japanese industrial giant, has just
acquired 50% of Teleton Electro Ltd, its official
distributor for Germany.
Mitsubishi announces its ambitions: to generate a
turnover of £ 9 million the first year, £ 25 million
the following year ... The brand new company, simply
called Teleton, markets under its name Japanese
But Mitsubishi sees bigger: the Japanese wants to
occupy the market of video recorders, car accessories,
microwaves and office machines.
Mitsubishi claims to hold about 50% of the UK
television market and aims to introduce color.
London's Teleton team is joined by a small staff of
Japanese expats, Saito Yoshiki and Matsumura Hideaki.
Via Teleton, the various Mitsubishi electronic
products will be sold throughout the 70s in Europe.
In 1977, there were Teleton branches in Germany, the
United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and
Mitsubishi & Teleton, the winning
At the beginning of this new
partnership, the young firm Teleton produces very
classic models, largely influenced by the historic
Teleton Electro, with a facade and aluminum buttons, a
wood veneer, as for the model SAQ 206B.
For its part, the Japanese giant
Mitsubishi designs electronic circuits;
among the first Teleton devices are the
RA300L receiver, or the rather sober SAQ202.
Another series has
rotating knobs instead of linear knobs.
But all these models like the SAQ408
and SAQ307 will have almost identical electronics.
In the early 1970s, the arrival of the
German firm Rommel & Schoen Design influences the
design office and the look of some devices feels ...
With lines that recall those of his Germanic
contemporaries (Grundig ... ), the
Teleton TFS70 receiver is a remarkable witness of this
In 1973, the A300 amp will make a
remarkable entrance thanks to its technical qualities
but also because of its attractive price.
In the same series, in 1975, the A400
amp and its 20 watts on the meter will also be much
sought after. The 1978 A401 will be the
last in this series.
From 1971 to 1978, again thanks to the
Rommel & Schoen touch, the range of devices is well
expanded and the brand takes advantage of the rise of
the "King-Music" distributor.
With the TFS301 or the TFS80, Teleton occupies a
prominent position in mid-range input. In March
1975, the test bench of the handset CS400, in the
review "the Speaker" is quite laudatory and emphasizes
"a very meritorious effort of the manufacturer to the
benefit of the French clientelele".
In 1977 the firm Fujitsu and its
subsidiary General Ltd enter into the design and
manufacture of some of the new Teleton models such as
the A330 A350 A380 A500 A600 and A3 A5 series.
The General / Teleton Electro Co
Limited group will even manufacture air conditioners.
The group will produce many TVs like
the CT252, at the same time Fujitsu gradually take the
lead while gradually Mitsubishi will now focus on its
own high-end production hifi.
Teleton & General Ltd, new and last
In the early 80's the style of the group changes and becomes more Japanese, as evidenced by the 500 and 600 series and all their versions 660 and 380s, until the A3 and A5 series this time purely General Ltd design and manufacturing and which will inspire the line of models to come and will also probably be the last to wear the Teleton brand, comes the new look of the A800 series and the superb A850 A900 and A1000 with timeless design but this time the mark "General" is needed on the face of the devices, to date the series 1000 seems to be the last series of devices from General ltd and it also seems that the last chain stamped Teleton was a compact black plastic self-contained, with dual cassette, amp, tuner with LP deck on top; model far removed from the beautiful past series.
The last owner of the Teleton brand registered on January 3, 2005 was Teleton Electro Co. Limited.
General is still in business and still manufactures air conditioners.
I wish you a pleasant visit, hoping you
will like this great brand of hifi, and who knows,
maybe you will find information for your device
repairs ... Teleton hardware is easy to repair and
good Opportunities are not lacking on the
Internet, especially as the countries of the East seem
to have a good stock of small treasures in reserve!
It is possible to enlarge some images while
passing on them.
of course be appreciated, as well as remarks, and if
you have any documents or information to complete the
site, please share.
REMERCIEMENTS, DANK, THANKS,
Thanks to Patrick and Mathieu for their
technical and computer help.
Thanks also to Gérard (gégé) of the Vintage Audio
Laser forum for his help in electronics
and Mr. Goussaire R for the TCR330M documents.
to M. Le Fevre A for the GA203 documents.
to Ms.Guizard M for the GA203 and A400
serge Tainoff for the A400
user manual and for his help in electronics.
to the NVHR club for the scheme of the SAQ307
Dirk Kloeck former Teleton
Europe technician for part of the documents on Teleton
to Metal_u for the TFS70
receiver user manual
to Mr Kali Kumar for documents on the CMS400