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EV - Electro Voice : About

Electro-Voice Products

This year Electro-Voice® celebrates 80 years of making the world sound better!

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 pioneer.

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 of 2007.

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 platforms.

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 & Bosch: 201
• Number of Bosch employees worldwide: 260,000