26 Facts About JVC


JVC sold their electronic products in their home market of Japan under the "Victor" name with the His Master's Voice logo but used the name JVC or Nivico in the past for export due to differing ownership of the His Master's Voice logo and the ownership of the "Victor" name from successors of the Victor Talking Machine Company.

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JVC was founded in 1927 as "The Victor Talking Machine Company of Japan, Limited, " a subsidiary of the United States' leading phonograph and record company, the Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, New Jersey.

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In 1943, amidst the hostilities between Japan and the United States during World War II, JVC seceded from RCA Victor, retaining the 'Victor' and "His Master's Voice" trademarks for use in Japan only.

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In 1970, JVC marketed the Videosphere, a portable cathode ray tube television inside a space-helmet-shaped casing with an alarm clock at the base.

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In 1971, JVC introduced the first discrete system for four channel quadraphonic sound on vinyl records - CD-4 or Quadradisc, as it was called by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in the United States.

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In 1973, the JVC Cutting Center opened to provide mastering for CD-4 discs.

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In 1975, JVC introduced the first combined portable battery-operated radio with inbuilt TV, as the model 3050.

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One year later, JVC expanded the model to add a cassette-recorder, as the 3060, creating the world's first boombox with radio, cassette and TV.

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JVC started selling the HR-3300 in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan on October 31, 1976.

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Region-specific versions of the JVC HR-3300 were distributed later on, such as the HR-3300U in the United States, and HR-3300EK in the United Kingdom.

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In 1979, JVC demonstrated a prototype of its video high density disc system.

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The VHD discs were initially handled by the operator and played on a machine that looked like an audio LP turntable, but JVC used caddy-housed discs when the system was marketed.

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In 1981, JVC introduced a line of revolutionary direct-drive cassette decks, topped by the DD-9, that provided previously unattainable levels of speed stability.

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The JVC CQ-F2K was released in 1982 and had a detachable radio that mounted to the headphones for a compact, wire-free listening experience.

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JVC had difficulty making the products successful, and a few years later stopped making them.

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The JVC HC-95 was first sold in Japan, and then Europe, but sales were disappointing.

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JVC made headlines as the first-ever corporate partner of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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JVC has recently forged corporate partnerships with ESPN Zone and Foxploration.

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In 2005, JVC joined HANA, the High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance, to help establish standards in consumer-electronics interoperability.

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In 2005, JVC announced their development of the first DVD-RW DL media.

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In Europe, JVC sells mainly some audio accessories, like headphones, and until recently DIN type car audio.

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Also in Europe, JVC is present with camcorders, security cameras, audio systems and with their emblematic boom box, projectors.

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JVC is a well-known brand among English football fans due to the firm's sponsorship of Arsenal from 1981 to 1999, when Sega took over as Arsenal's sponsors.

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JVC sponsored Scottish football club Aberdeen in the late-1980s and early-1990s as well as the FIFA World Cup from 1982 to 2002.

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JVC has been a sponsor of a massively multiplayer online game called Rise: The Vieneo Province since 2003.

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JVC is generally known within Japan by the Victor brand, preceded by the His Master's Voice logo featuring the dog Nipper.

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