The Kenwood Corporation is a Japanese company that manufactures a wide range of electronics equipment. However, it is renowned for its signature communications equipment such as walkie talkies and radio transceivers. Here is a look at the history of this company along with some of its popular products:

Company History

Kenwood began operating as a legal business entity in the prefecture of Nagano, Japan in 1946 where it was incorporated as"Kasuga Radio Co. Ltd". In 1960, it changed its name to Trio Corporation.In 1963, the young but fast growing company enlarged its footprint to the US where it opened its first overseas office in Los Angeles, California. During this period, it retained the "Trio Corporation" name until 1981 when it adopted and started using the "Kenwood" brand name.

In 1986, this Japanese firm branded itself Kenwood Corporation after finalizing the acquisition of a company established to exclusively import and sell Trio Corporation's products in America that was actually the genesis of the "Kenwood" name. On October 1, 2008, Kenwood merged with Matsushita's JVC to become JVC Kenwood. According to data published by Kenwood, product sales generated revenues of $1.71 in 2014.

Products Overview

Kenwood's product range includes home audio gear, 3D and 4K projectors, digital cameras and camcorders, car and home audio equipment, action cameras, as well as headphones. Moreover, consumers can purchase Kenwood walkie talkies. It is worth noting that Kenwood's merger with JVC broadened its product line to include TVs and home audio electronics equipment.

Kenwood Walkie Talkies

Although Kenwood was not the first company to manufacture two-way communication gear like walkie talkies, it has become one of the most prominent players in this category. This journey started with market introduction of two-way analogue radios in 1978. In 1983, Kenwood introduced its radio products to the American market.

After years of development, Kenwood snagged a license to sell private mobile radios (PMRs) including walkie talkies in Europe starting from 1991. Further research and development efforts bore fruits leading to the introduction of a license free two-way radio called Pro-Talk PMR446 in 1999. At the time, this two-way radio was the world's first mobile digital broadcast receiving system.

In 2005, Kenwood formed an alliance with ICOM to spearhead research on digital wireless radio equipment standards. This was followed by the launch of the NEXEDGE (NXDN) two-way digital radio system in 2008 and introduction of the first ATEX certified analogue two-way radio in 2010. In 2013, this Japanese company launched dPMR digital two-way radios. The following year, 2014, Kenwood launched ATEX digital hand-portable radios, DMR hand portable radios, and PMR446 license free hand-portable radios.

Kenwood digital NEXEDGE, dPMR, DMR, ATEX, dPMR446 radios are ETSI compliant and come with a host of useful features including switchable digital/analogue modes, extended range, advanced voice and data capabilities, availability in VHF or UHF versions, and increased number of communication channels. Moreover, they are durable and rugged making them ideal for use in industrial environments.


If you would like to buy two-way radios, consider Kenwood products. This company's products are high versatile, ETSI compliant, and boast of NEXEDGE NXDN's clear voice quality. Moreover, Kenwood two way radios allow peer-to-peer and multi-channel communication.