Telefunken was a German radio and television company founded in 1903 as a join venture between Siemens and AEG. Although the company still exists, it is no longer involved in the pro audio industry.
In 1950, the company developed the V-72 microphone amplifier, a version of which was used by the Beatles at Abbey Road. The company was also responsible for creating one of the most highly regarded microphones of all time, the Elam 251 — developed by AKG but sold under the Telefunken brand.
Rights to the Telefunken name have been acquired by the company formerly known as Telefunken USA.