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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, it claims to have pressed the first record in Japan. Subsequently, as evidenced by the production of the worlds first VHS video deck, JVC developed into a leading technological innovator in the audio/video industry. 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 commercialisation of colour TVs and the development of the two-head helical scan system, which later became the foundation for videocassette recorders.

Breakthroughs included the development of the 45/45 stereo record system and innovations in two-head videotape recorders and four-channel audio systems. The worlds 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 a new cultural phenomenon based on visual communication. JVC innovations in video continued with the introduction in 1984 of the worlds first single unit video camera/recorder and in 1995 with the worlds first pocket-sized digital video camcorder.

Today, JVC continues its record of innovation, led by its Hd-Ila High Definition Televisions, using proprietary JVC imaging chips, and Everio camcorders, the worlds first hard drive camcorders.

General Reputation

JVC is a very good all rounder that holds it's own in all areas.

Reputation - Brown Goods

As a company legendary for its technological milestones, it may come as no surprise to learn that JVC's Home Entertainment range is as equally groundbreaking. From DVD / Home Cinemas, LCD Televisions to Audio equipment, JVC is at the heart of high tech advances in technology. Its showrooms also have Smaller Appliances to choose from. One innovation that has hit the high street stores in recent times is JVC's 5.1ch Surround Media System for Multi Sources. It features 5 Cubic Front/Centre/Surround Speakers and a 16cm Subwoofer with HDMI Input (1080p Pass-Through)/Output, Connection for iPod, and USB Host.

Where LCD TVs are concerned, JVC offers an expansive selection in its LT range from 22" to over 47" in size. Home Cinemas also feature prominently in JVC's product range, a notable jewel in the crown at the time of writing is the NX-F40. It offers a DVD Front Surround System, featuring HDMI CEC with 1080p Up-Conversion, Touch Panel Operation and USB Music Recording. Another product that must be mentioned in JVC's armoury is the XV-BP1 Blu-ray Disc Player, featuring BD-LIVE(TM), an HD Audio Bit-Stream Output, HDMI 1080/24p Playback, and x.v.Colour(TM)/Deep Colour.

Green Credentials

JVC's production facilities must be constantly aware of environmental protection; this is JVC's fundamental policy as a company that believes that protecting the global environment is the mission of a global corporation. JVC has gained ISO14001 certification at all of its production facilities worldwide, and is recycling its resources to achieve "zero emissions".


JVC products come with a 1 Year Parts and Labour Warranty.

Other info / manager's tip

In mid 2009 JVC (Victor Company of Japan, Limited) announced the development of what it considered to be the worlds first full-coverage, high-resolution Super Hi-Vision1 D-ILA projector. Featuring 10,000 lumens of brightness and 5,500:1 contrast ratio for a D-ILA projector, the unit employs a triple D-ILA display device system. JVCs proprietary technology makes it possible to render video in a resolution of 35 megapixels.

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