The History Of Empire Scientific
Empire Scientific, with manufacturing headquarters in Deer Park, NY, has a proud 60 year tradition in the consumer electronics industry. The company started in the late 50's as Dyna-Empire Inc, and was known worldwide for producing high quality turntables, cartridges, and high fidelity loudspeakers, recognized by audiophiles for their outstanding performance.
As the audio technology transformed to tape versus vinyl, the phonograph industry all but disappeared. The family sold the business, however they kept the name with the belief that camera and camcorder batteries would be a good replacement for the phonograph business. T.A.E (Trans Atlantic Electronics Inc, DBA Empire Scientific) was founded in 1978. Empire Scientific now manufactures and distributes replacement batteries for consumer/industrial electronics.
Empire began producing turntables in the early 60’s and over a span of almost 20 years produced roughly 6 main models the 208, 298, 398, 498, 598 and 698. Here we have the Empire 398 which is based off the 208 but has the Empire 980 tonearm and was introduced around 1963. Empire offered two color schemes with their turntables. The stock offering was a satin chrome or silver anodized aluminum finish while a gold colored finish was optional. The gold colored finish was denoted by the “G” designation on the model number. The gold finishes have not held up over time and many that you see today show quite a bit of wear.