Japanese manufacturer of consumer, car and professional audio and audio-visual products that trades in the west as JVC which is short for “Japan Victor Company” but uses Victor in Asia although it has been increasing the use of the JVC trademark on its home turf recently. The reasons for this disparity in brand usage are historical but the company only had the rights to the Victor name locally, when products from the company started arriving on the western market the company traded as NIVICO which is sort for Nippon Victor Co (Nippon = Japan) but started to use JVC as early as the 1960’s.
The company is especially strong in the professional and semi-pro video market and has been so for decades as it is amongst other things the inventor of the VHS video format and its derivatives and built the world’s first camcorder, but in Japan it is also well known as an audio manufacturer and is one of the companies that makes loudspeakers with wooden cones but that is a Japanese peculiarity. As with many electronic companies from the land of the rising sun, only a subset of their audio product range is actually distributed in the west.
Originally founded as “The Victor Talking Machine Company of Japan” in 1927 and was then the Asian branch of RCA, the company became independent during WWII although some technical co-operation with RCA remained until the 1980’s although that was more a matter of RCA importing technologies from Victor than the other way around. In 1953 the company was sold to Matsushita and the name changed to the current one, but JVC operated independently from the rest of the Matshusita group, in 2007 Matsushita sold 63% of the company stock to Kenwood and Japanese investment fund the Sparx Group, in 2008 the company became fully independent again and in 2011 merged with Kenwood to form JVC Kenwood but note that the management, sales and distribution are not shared between the 2 companies. Distribution: In Argentina by Newsan, in Cyprus by Modestou Sound & Vision, in Greenland by Grønlands Radio Center, in Iceland by Sjónvarpsmiđstöđin and in Turkey by SSD Ses (Projectors only) Homepage:http://www.jvc.co.jp -- English language homepage.
Victor Patacchiola UK based gnetleman that manufactures high end turntables and tonearms under the Trans-Fi Audio brand. Homepage:http://www.trans-fi.com Victor Patacchiola, 34 Woodford Road, Watford WD17 1PA, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1923 244020. E-Mail: TransFiAudio [At] aol.com.
Vidabox USA based maker of media servers and clients based around windows operating systems and solutions. Distribution: In Jordan by Zaki A. Ghul Homepage:http://www.vidabox.com . Vidabox LLC, 240 Madison Avenue, Garden City Park, NY 11040, USA. Tel: +1 516 730 7500.
Vince Christian USA based loudspeaker manufacturer. Homepage:http://www.vincechristian.com Vince Christian limited, PO box 800, Moss Landing, California 95039, USA. Phone : +831 455 9308. Fax : +831 455 0650. Email : info at vincechristian.com
Viola Audio Laboratories, 315 Peck Street, New Haven, CT 06513, USA. Tel : +1 203 772 0435. Fax : +1 203 772 0569. E-mail : info at violalabs.com
Virtue Audio USA based concern that sells cables & interconnects but has in the recent past also made PWM amplifiers and is reportedly working on new models of those. Company was founded in 2010 by Seth Krinsky but he had been making products under this name for a couple of years previously. Homepage:http://www.virtueaudio.com -- Virtue Audio discussion forum on Audiocircle.com. Virtue Audio LLC, 115 Creek Road, Green Mills, PA 19342 USA. Tel: 877 847 8968. E-Mail: listening =at= virtueaudio.com.
Vissokogovoriteli Bulgarian company that is best known as a manufacturer of loudspeaker drivers and products that utilise them such as professional and car audio speaker systems but also manufactures consumer and semi-pro audio products such as microphones, earphones and home hi-fi loudspeakers sold under the Tonax brand. Company originally founded in 1960 but was privatised in 1997. Homepage:http://vissokogovoriteli.bg Vissokogovoriteli PLC., 77 Alexander Stamboliiski Stret, Blagoevgrad 2700, Bulgaria. Tel: +359 73 884282 and +359 73 884283. Fax: +359 73 884293. E-Mail: vissokogovoriteli %at% abv.bg and tonax $at$ mbox.contact.bg.
Vitsć British company that makes furniture designed by Dieter Rams, that includes the RZ 606, an universal shelfing system that was amongst other things intended to house hi-fi and AV systems and is distributed in some countries by as hi-fi furniture. Company originally founded in Germany in 1959 as Vitsœ+Zapf. Distribution: In Denmark by PS Audio Homepage:http://www.vitsoe.com . Vitsś, 3-5 Duke Street, London W1U 3ED, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7428 1606. E-Mail: email /at& vitsoe.com
Vivanco Europe's largest manufacturer of accessories, makes anything from cables and interconnects to headphones, small speakers and video amplification boxes and most everything in between. Homepage:http://www.vivanco.de Distributed in Finland by AV Komponentti and in Norway by Njál Hansson
Vivitek Taiwanese company that specialises in manufacturing video projectors, that includes ones for use in home theatre and industrial applications. Distribution: In Australia and New Zealand by Hills Sound, Vision & Lighting and in Thailand by Magnet Audio Homepage:http://www.vivitekcorp.com . Vivitek Corp., 4 Fl.-A, No. 186, Ruey Kuang Rd., Neihu Dist., Taipei City 11474, Taiwan. Tel: +886 2 66000608. Fax: +886 2 66002358.
VLSI Solution Finnish company that manufactures products under the DSPeaker brand, all of their products are based around DSP signal processing technologies that the company has developed and include active loudspeakers with built in room correction, subwoofer EQ and management system, room correction equipment and so on. Distribution: In New Zealand by Feed Back Audio and in the USA by Simplifi Audio Homepage:http://www.dspeaker.com . VLSI Solution Oy, Hermiankatu 8 G, 33720 Tampere, Finland. Tel: +358331408200. E-Mail: info [at] dspeaker.com
Vogels Dutch manufacturer of AV stands, brackets, cable inlay systems and the like, intended for both the home market and professional installations. In addition they have a UK division that trades under the IXOS name that sells AV and audio cables, music & home theatre systems and sundry accessories under the IXOS brand and record cleaning accessories they sell under the Hunt E.D.A. name. Vogels acquired the IXOS operation and Hunt EDA brand in 2011 when they bought it from the receivers of Path Products. Distribution: In Iceland by Sjónvarpsmiđstöđin. IXOS distribution: In Bulgaria by Top Audio Video Design, in New Zealand by Pudney & Lee, in Poland by Trimex, in Romania by Lotus Telecom, in Singapore by Eighteen 77, in Sweden by HiFi Agenten and in the USA by Luxicor LLC. Homepage:http://www.vogels.com -- IXOS homepage. Vogel’s Products B.V., Hondsruglaan 93, 5628 DB Eindhoven, Holland. Tel: +31 (0)40 26 47 400. E-Mail: salesprof .at. vogels.com Vogel's UK, 1210 Arlington Business Park, Theale, Reading RG7 4TY , United Kingdom. Tel:: +44 (0)330 2020980.
VooDoo Cable USA based maker of high end loudspeaker cables, interconnects and power cords. Company founded in 2004 by Bruce Richardson. Distribution: In Australia by Absolute Hi End and in South Korea by Chess Audio Homepage:http://www.voodoocable.net . VooDoo Cable, 2020 Dennison Street, Suite 113, Oakland CA 94606-5242, USA. Tel: +1 510 535 9464
Vovox AG Swiss manufacturer of high end audio cables and interconnects for both home and professional applications. Distribution: In Canada by Divergent Technologies, in France by 0110 Audio and in the Ukraine by English Sound Ltd. Homepage:http://www.vovox.ch . VOVOX AG, Neuhaltenring 1, CH-6030 Ebikon, Switzerland. Tel: +41 41 420 89 89. Fax: +41 41 420 89 90. E-Mail: info /at" vovox.com
Vutec USA based manufacturer of home theatre projections screens and related equipment under the Vutec name in addition to making cable guards and tray's under the Wiremaid name. Homepage:http://www.vutec.com Distributed in Germany by Audio Trade and in the UAE by Imagine Technologies. Vutec, 2741 N.E. 4th Avenue, Pompano Beach, Florida 33064, USA. Tel : +954 545 9000. Fax : +954 545 9011. E-Mail : info at vutec.com.