JVC was established in Yokohama, Japan in 1927 as the Japanese subsidiary of the U.S. firm, Victor Talking Machine Company. Originally a company that manufactured phonographs and records, indeed, JVC pressed the first record in Japan, offering a rare combination of hardware and software production capability. In 1932, JVC began producing radios, and in 1939 Japan’s first locally made television. Today the record company in Japan is known as Victor Entertainment.
Subsequently, JVC developed into a leading technological innovator in the audio/video industry, creating new products that are a step ahead of the times for a worldwide audience. JVC is now well known for the manufacture of headphones, speakers, and other audio visual equipment.
Having made Japan’s first domestically manufactured phonograph in 1930, JVC continued on this path by producing Japan’s first EP record as well as its first stereo record player. Major breakthroughs included the development of the 45/45 stereo record system and innovations in two-head helical scan videotape recorders and four-channel audio systems.
From 1953 to 2008, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. was the majority stockholder in JVC. In 2008, JVC merged with Kenwood Corporation to create JVC Kenwood Holdings.
Today, JVC continues its record of innovation. Its world-class technology extends well beyond the consumer marketplace with products and systems used by major airlines and the U.S. Military and in broadcast and network television facilities throughout the world.