The Victor Company of Japan, also known as ‘JVC’, is an international consumer electronics company with its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The company introduced Japan’s first televisions, and are famous for developing the ‘Video Home System’, or ‘VHS’ player as we came to know it.
In the 1930’s, JVC produced phonographs, records, and radios. Following World War II, JVC became majority owned by Panasonic, however Panasonic released ownership of the company in 2007. JVC merged with Kenwood to create JVC Kenwood holdings in 2008.
The innovations and inventions that JVC has produced through the years are notable. First, they introduced the first system in 1971 for four channel quadraphonic sound on vinyl records. The system was known as Compatible Discrete Four Channel, or ‘Quadradisc’. In 1975 they unveiled the first portable battery-operated radio with a built-in television. As this technology evolved, they released a newer version with a cassette recorder inside, creating the world’s first ‘boombox’.
Perhaps the most notable of JVC’s innovations is their introduction of the VHS. The Victor HR-3300 was the first VCR to use VHS, which was introduced to the public on September 9, 1976. At the time of introduction, the HR-330 sold in Japan for $1,060 US.
JVC continues to produce high quality televisions and other electronics today.