Kenwood Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Kenwood produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1971 which were manufactured in Japan. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. Kenwood tape recorders used solid state electronics. The company produced 4 track machines available in 100v Japan, 110-120v & 220-240v voltages.

1946 – Kasuga Radio Co. Ltd. in Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan was founded by group of young entrepreneurs to manufacture sophisticated high-fidelity electronic components and amateur radio equipment. Kenwood, a combination of the name “Ken,” which is common in both America and Japan, and “Wood,” referenced the first overseas office in Hollywood and wood, a durable substance.

1947 – Manufacturing radio parts

1949 – Created the first-ever high-frequency transformer

1950 – Renamed Kasuga Radio Industry Corporation

1955 – Established Tokyo office and begins mass production of audio, communications and measuring equipment.

1957 – Developed and manufactured the first FM tuner in Japan.

1960 – Company was renamed Trio Corporation. Trio’s products were rebranded by the Lafayette Radio Company, with a focus on citizens’ band radio.

1962 – Launched the industry’s first transistor amplifier

1963 – The first overseas office in Los Angeles County, California, USA

1972 – Releases KW-5066 R-R stereo tape deck

1977 – Launches Kenwood’s series of Integrated Amplifiers and power amplifiers

1978 – Entered the commercial wireless radio equipment field

1980 – Released stereo cassette deck KX-1060 and launched car audio systems in the U.S.

1982 – Introduced portable FM radio.

1983 – First compact disc player.

1986 – Trio bought Kenwood and renamed itself Kenwood.

1991 – Released stereo double cassette deck KX-W8030. Developed the radio systems for F1 world championship race and began an official supplier contract with the Team McLaren.

1994 – Entered digital mobile phones

2008 – Kenwood made a deal to merge with JVC and formed a new holding company known as JVC/Kenwood.

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General Information

Manufacturer: Kenwood

Years in Business: 1946 To Present

Country: Japan