Kenwood Logo – Kenwood Corporation is a manufacturer Japanese equipment for amateur radio and Hi-Fi and portable audio equipment. The company began in 1946 with the name “Kasuga Radio Co. Ltd”. In Komagane City, Prefecture of Nagano, Japan. In 1960 the company was renamed “Trio Corporation”. In 1963 saw the founding of the first overseas office of Trio in Los Angeles, California, USA.
In the 1960’s, LaFayette Radio Company, sold Trio products, unfortunately focusing on 23 radio channels for Citizens’ Band. Their hi-fi components dating back to the time of the valves, with your stereo receiver and amplifier frequency adjustment dials have 2 separate tuners and 2, some of whom tune in a multi-carrier radio in AM. Innovation in the company was very important during this period. Trio built oscilloscopes such as the popular 10 MHz CS-1562A.
A group of Japanese fans of the USA, composed by Bill Kasuga, Yoichi Nakase and George Aratani, who also founded Mikasa & Company who started an import company in 1961, to satisfy his wish that the audio quality of recording. Trio came through, and began importing electronic products to Tokyo. During that period, Japanese manufactured goods were considered low quality, but had faith in Kasuga Trio products and decided to create a name that sounded good in America. He described the origin of Kenwood to be an alteration of Kenmore White, “Ken” meant “to be” in Japanese and Western, and “Wood” (Wood), this reference to the enduring substance, and Hollywood.
The brand recognition of Kenwood would be greater than that of Trio, and in 1981, trio decided on using the name of all the world and changed its name to Kenwood Corporation in 1986. Kenwood introduced the first tuner FM in Japan and the first solid state amplifier. The company introduced a signal amplifier integrated audio and video switching in 1981. This product is seen as a precursor of today’s theater systems at home.
In 1984, Kenwood designed and manufactured the first anti-theft car stereo. Kenwood presents its line of “Sovereign” in 2001. This high-end line competes with premium brands from other manufacturers such as Pioneer, Sony and Matsushita techniques. In the car audio market, the “eXcelon” line similarly competes Pioneer and Sony Mobile. In 2008, the Japanese electronics company Kenwood buy JVC to form JVC Kenwood Holdings.