This year Electro-Voice® celebrates 80 years of making the world
Stronger than ever as we complete our first year under Bosch ownership
as part of the Bosch Communications Systems family of brands, EV is focused
on an exciting future, building upon our unique legacy as a pro audio
From 1927, when company founders Al Kahn and Lou Burroughs began servicing
radio receivers in the basement of Century Tire and Rubber in South Bend,
Indiana, EV has held its own as an audio innovator. Though we’re
always looking—and listening—forward to our next achievement,
this year we’re proud to look back over eight decades in which we
consistently set new industry standards for sonic excellence and reliability
in loudspeaker, microphone and audio electronics design and manufacturing.
EV raised the bar with breakthrough technologies, designs and products
like Variable-D® microphones, the hum-bucking coil, home high-fidelity
loudspeaker components, constant-directivity horns, noise-canceling microphones,
pro-sound loudspeakers with Ring-Mode Decoupling (RMD™) and Manifold
Technology® for concert-sound loudspeaker systems with very high output
ability yet relatively compact size. From day one, EV has been all about
helping our customers be heard with the best audio quality possible...
With that in mind, we helped provide the soundtrack to some of the Twentieth
Century’s most significant events, from John Glenn’s first
orbit of the Earth to Pope John Paul II’s first visit to the United
States; from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream”
speech to the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. And, of course,
EV products helped propel some of the world’s foremost musicians
to stardom, including the Beatles and Elvis Presley. In 1963, the company
even received an Academy Award for the development of the 642 ultra-directional
shotgun microphone that permitted clear dialogue pickup at a distance,
out of camera range.
In the 21st Century, EV is everywhere; on the world’s biggest tours,
in the world’s finest installations. It doesn’t get any bigger
than the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, LIVE 8,
Live Earth, Kenny Chesney and the Rolling Stones… and the list goes
on. For 80 years we’ve been leaders in the industry we helped create…
and we’re just getting started.
Hear Us Now!
This has been a big year for us, full of dynamic, positive changes. Telex
Communications (Electro-Voice, Dynacord, Midas, Klark Teknik, RTS, Telex)
was acquired by Bosch in September 2006 and Bosch Communications Systems—a
business unit of Bosch Security Systems—was born at the beginning
As a brand of Bosch Communications Systems, EV has access to boundless
resources. Bosch is a globally recognized leader of technology with whom
we share a business philosophy based upon engineering excellence, quality
without compromise, brand integrity and long-term growth. Bosch’s
wealth of resources and expertise brings almost limitless potential to
the world of EV R&D. The synergies are countless.
Though we remain front and center in the pro audio markets, EV is now
part of a family of brands uniquely positioned to meet the growing demand
for complete, integrated sound and security systems from a single vendor.
Products like NetMax™ and the software suite IRIS-Net™ offer
unprecedented digital flexibility and control as multiple systems (audio,
video, intrusion alarm, life safety, etc.) converge via single control
Groundbreaking products like our state-of-the-art DVX woofers and Tour
Grade amplifiers offer an unmatched combination of power, sonic performance,
light weight and reliability, demonstrating our continued commitment to
excellence at every step of the signal chain, for every sound reinforcement
application. Our latest and greatest products speak for themselves about
EV’s bright future under Bosch leadership…
And EV continues to stand ground for steady growth. Bosch has already
demonstrated considerable financial commitment to our brands, literally
making concrete the common goals that brought us together. Multi-million
dollar investments at EV factories in the U.S. and Germany have set new
industry standards for pro audio manufacturing while streamlining our
global supply chain and improving quality. All the Bosch Communications
Systems brands will remain secure in name, location and quality; Electro-Voice
is—and will always be—Electro-Voice, a great American brand!
It’s a great time to be part of the Bosch Communications Systems
family, poised for pole position in every pro audio market, with you,
the customer, as co-driver. The last 80 years have been unforgettable
for EV… but you should Hear Us Now!
Interesting Bosch Facts
• Number of engineers staffed within Bosch: 28,000
• Number of patents registered per day by Bosch: 14
• Number of years celebrated by Bosch in America: 101
• Number of years celebrated by Bosch globally: 121
• Number of years of mutual R&D history, Electro-Voice &
• Number of Bosch employees worldwide: 260,000
STEP UP to EV!!