audiotape playback perfected

Imagine that you have a priceless original analog master tape of a famous recording.


What if you wanted to hear that tape played back in the highest possible fidelity?


What equipment would you choose?


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Adolph Thal Audio Engineering (ATAE) was founded in northern California in 1987 to design and manufacture hardware for state-of-the-art analog audio tape playback. Tape machines optimized for playback are called reproducers. We are the developer of the single-head-read-only (SHRO) headblock and today our product lineup proudly includes the ATAE Model One and Model Two ultra-low-flutter professional grade reproducers, whose mechanisms are based on the famous Studer A820 and A80 precision guidance constant tension tape transports.

Our customers are owners of original master tapes who desire to play those tapes back in the highest possible fidelity.

ATAE products are sold under a comprehensive five-year warranty.



A systems approach.

Preserving the amplitude versus time relationship in any audio recording is crucial. Everything in the chain matters with analog tape playback, but the time-base accuracy is solely dependent on the tape transport and headblock. ATAE ultra-low-flutter precision guidance transports with SHRO headblocks deliver laboratory grade speed stability that you can hear.

Complementing ATAE's tape transports, the playback electronics must be closely matched to the individual play head installed in the reproducer's headblock and must accurately align to the standard playback equalization curves.

Each of our five different models of tape playback electronics deliver industry leading performance and sound quality.



For over 30 years our mission has been to help preserve the treasure from the golden age of music recording, half a century's worth of original analog master tapes stored in record company archives. Few people know how good legacy master tapes can actually sound. We hope the state-of-the-art tape playback hardware we're building changes that.

ATAE has been an email contact only company since the year 2000. To reach us, kindly submit this form and we'll get back to you promptly. If you prefer a phone conversation, just let us know.


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