JVC (JVCKENWOOD Europe B.V.) is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated audio and video products that use superior technologies to deliver high quality sound and images.
In consumer products, JVC offers high definition displays and home theater projectors, digital video camcorders, home theater systems, audio components and systems, portable audio products, digital storage devices, audio and video accessories and car audio/video products.
An innovator throughout the analog age, exemplified by the JVC-developed VHS videocassette format, JVC has demonstrated the same innovative flair in the digital age. From our acclaimed home theater projectors to our ground-breaking Everio digital camcorders, JVC continues to offer a succession of distinctive products that deliver sound and images with the power to move people.
In addition to consumer products, JVC offers professional electronics products and distributes a complete line of broadcast, professional, presentation and security equipment. These include cameras, professional camcorders, DVD recorders, high definition monitors, editing equipment, video/data projectors, video data recorders, storage systems and video security products.
JVC was established in Yokohama, Japan in 1927 as the Japanese subsidiary of the U.S. firm, Victor Talking Machine Company. Born as a company that manufactured phonographs, we also pressed the first record in Japan, offering a rare combination of hardware and software production capability. Subsequently, as evidenced by the production of the world’s first VHS video deck, 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.
Kenjiro Takayanagi, the “father of TV” who in 1926 became the first in the world to successfully project an image onto a cathode ray tube, joined JVC after World War II. He was involved in the commercialization of color TVs and the development of the two-head helical scan system, which later became the foundation for videocassette recorders.
Having made Japan’s first domestically manufactured phonograph “victorola” in 1930, JVC continued on by producing Japan’s first EP record as well as Japan’s first stereo record player, pursuing the realistic reproduction of sound sources and sound fields, through both hardware and software. Breakthroughs included the development of the 45/45 stereo record system and innovations in two-head videotape recorders and four-channel audio systems.
The world’s first VHS format video recorder, which was developed by JVC and introduced in 1976, eventually became the de facto world standard for video, and spawned an entirely new cultural phenomenon based on visual communication. JVC innovations in video continued, with the introduction in 1984 of the world’s first single unit video camera/recorder and in 1995 with the introduction of the world’s first pocket-sized digital video camcorder.
Today, JVC continues its record of innovation, led by our 4K e-shift D-ILA home theater projectors, our rugged HD Everio camcorders, and a wide range of premium quality headphones.