Pioneer Corporation

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Pioneer Corporation
Native name
パイオニア株式会社
Romanized name
Paionia kabushiki gaisha
Type Private KK
Industry Consumer electronics
Founded1938;83 years ago (1938) in Tokyo, Japan
Founder Nozomu Matsumoto
Headquarters28-8, Honkomagome 2-chome, Bunkyō, Tokyo 113-0021,
Japan
Key people
Susumu Kotani (President)
Products Car audio and automotive navigation systems, Televisions (CRT Lens and Plasma, former product), PC DVD drives including PC DVD recorders, "set-top" DVD players and DVD recorders, Misc. DJ equipment
RevenueIncrease2.svg 386,682 million Yen (2017) [1]
Increase2.svg 4,167 million Yen (2017)
Decrease2.svg 5,054 million Yen (2017)
Number of employees
16,763 (2017)
Website Pioneer Corporation (Japan)
Pioneer global network

Pioneer Corporation (パイオニア株式会社, Paionia Kabushiki-gaisha) commonly referred to as Pioneer, is a Japanese multinational corporation based in Tokyo, Japan, that specializes in digital entertainment products. The company was founded by Nozomu Matsumoto in 1938 in Tokyo as a radio and speaker repair shop. Its current president is Susumu Kotani.

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Pioneer played a role in the development of interactive cable TV, the Laser Disc player, the first automotive Compact Disc player, the first detachable face car stereo, Supertuner technology, DVD and DVD recording, the first AV receiver with Dolby Digital, plasma display (with the last 2 years of plasma models being branded as Kuro, lauded for their outstanding black levels) and Organic LED display (OLED). The company works with optical disc and display technology and software products and is also a manufacturer. BMW Group, Volkswagen group and Daimler AG of Germany jointly acquired a 3% ownership stake in Pioneer through a joint venture company called Here B.V. Most of Pioneer's share are held by Mitsubishi group of companies.

In March 2010, Pioneer stopped producing televisions as announced on 12 February 2009. [2] On June 25, 2009, Sharp Corporation agreed to form a joint venture on their optical business to be called Pioneer Digital Design and Manufacturing Corporation. [3] In September 2014, Pioneer agreed to sell Pioneer Home Electronics (Home A/V) to Onkyo, and in March 2015, Pioneer sold its DJ equipment business division to KKR, which resulted in the establishment of Pioneer DJ as a separate entity, independent of Pioneer. In June 2021, Voxx International announced that it had finalized a licensing agreement with the Pionner and Pioneer Elite brands "for all markets, except China" as part of their acquisition of Onkyo. [4]

Timeline

Brands and devices

Pioneer logo (1969-1998) Pioneer Corporation logo (1970-1998).svg
Pioneer logo (1969–1998)

Pioneer also supplies genuine audio equipments and head units installed for Daihatsu automobiles marketed in Indonesia since the launch of Daihatsu Xenia in 2004.

Pioneer Karaoke Channel

Pioneer Karaoke Channel
先鋒卡拉OK頻道
Country Malaysia
Hong Kong
Singapore
Taiwan
Japan
South Korea
Thailand
Italy
Broadcast area Southeast Asia
NetworkPioneer Corporation (Japan)
Astro (Malaysia)
Slogan The Art of Entertainment
HeadquartersMalaysia:
Klang Valley
Selangor
Programming
Language(s) Teochew (Malaysia)
Chinese (Singapore)
Cantonese (Hong Kong)
Taiwanese (Taiwan)
Japanese (Japan)
Korean (South Korea)
Thai (Thailand)
Picture format SDTV (480i 4:3)
PAL (576i 4:3)
Ownership
OwnerPioneer Corporation (Japan)
Astro (Malaysia)
History
LaunchedJanuary 1996
Availability
Satellite
Astro
(Malaysia)
Channel 61

Pioneer Karaoke Channel (Chinese :先鋒卡拉OK頻道; pinyin :Xiān Fēng Kǎ Lā OK Pín Dào) is a satellite television channel that features Asian music videos and karaoke 24 hours a day. Pioneer and Malaysian satellite broadcaster Astro officially launched in January 1996.

Devices

Optical drives

Pioneer is one of the major vendors of optical drives. [26]

Operation modes

More recent optical drives allow the user to specify different operation modes using bundled software:

  • "Entertainment Mode” – Reduction of acoustic drive noise
  • "High-performance Mode" – Prioritizes reading and writing speeds
  • “Quality Mode” – Prioritizes reading and writing accuracy[ clarification needed ]
  • “Eco Mode” – Minimizes power consumption

[27]

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