I started out with an RCA receiver, ST-2250 I think. decent, but mine crapped out and died in 14 months, followed a month later by the RCA DVD player, also just out of warranty. Needless to say, I'm not too sold on RCA's quality.
RCA receivers are mostly made by Pioneer now, except for the ones bundled with their home-theater-in-a-box systems...
I've had one for almost 3 years without a problem. Sound quality isnt as good as my Sherwood Newcastle R-963, but it is pretty decent
Victor Company of Japan was owned by RCA (RCA VICTOR)the last time I checked, but hey!!!! Things may have changed.
Since its foundation as a manufacturer of records and phonographs in 1927, Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC) has been a long-time leader of hardware and software development in the audiovisual field.
Throughout our seventy-year history, JVC's technology has been instrumental in shaping the way society gathers and views information. Breakthroughs such as 45/45 stereo record systems, 4-channel stereo systems, 2-head VTR's and our invention of the VHS video format in 1976, have all radically impacted our communications and entertainment standards, spawning new industry around the world.
JVC's commitment to "standard unification" of the VHS format has allowed JVC to deliver customer-oriented products, and has ensured that JVC's VHS video equipment has gained reliability as a life-long tool. VHS has grown with the development of W-VHS to comply with next-generation wide-screen TVs as well as D-VHS for digital technology.
JVC's corporate nucleus is consumer electronics, however, the company also manufactures professional audio/video systems, key component devices and general software. Leadership in these categories is made possible by many years of engineering collaboration and marketing know-how. JVC's corporate growth is supported by the company's technology-oriented philosophy.
JVC is also renown for its corporate commitment to cultural projects. JVC's hallmark annual sponsorships of the "JVC Jazz Festival", "Tokyo Video Festival", and co-sponsorship of the World Cup have all raised the visibility of the company and strengthened the JVC brand around the world.
At JVC, we take pride in our history of innovation and in the technologies that we have contributed to the world. JVC is dedicated to its customers, business partners and employees and with their collective support, is poised to achieve great success in the new millennium. The Rise of RCA Victor
Radio's popularity in the U.S. market created new opportunities for RCA, which had been marketing radios built by GE and Westinghouse. In 1929, the three partners consolidated their research and development, manufacturing and marketing. RCA purchased Victor Talking Machine Company for $154 million and began manufacturing radios and phonographs in Camden, New Jersey.
The newly-formed RCA Victor created the RCA Radiotron Company to manufacture radio tubes, and a Westinghouse tube factory at LaSalle and Michigan Streets in Indianapolis (which already was producing 20,000 tubes a day) became a key supplier of RCA Radiotron tubes. Concerned about monopoly in the industry, the federal government moved against the fragile radio combine in 1931. GE and Westinghouse withdrew in 1932. Sarnoff moved quickly to capitalize on new opportunities. Within a few months after Al Jolson's voice was heard by moviegoers, RCA had dusted off an old sound-on-film technique and introduced it as RCA Photophone
Earl, I think Wayne is right? Someone once told me that Matsushita owns the controling stock in JVC. I once remember reading an article about VHS & Beta & that when Sony wanted Matsushita to go the Beta route that Mr. Matsushita told them they din't want anything to do with Beta because they had their own VHS system under development at JVC & then promptly had Mr. Sony (forget his name) thrown out of his building. Sony also came back later & tried to get Matsushita to go the 8mm route & was promptly told the same thing. Also from what I've been told Mr. Sony was never really liked because he din't fit in, in Japan's "class system" (sort of like our "Old Money" vs "New Money") & that they would'nt even let Mr. Sony into some of the better country clubs over there. Of course I could be wrong though.