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Magnavox (Latin for "great voice") is an electronics company founded by Edwin Pridham and Peter L. Jensen. The brothers invented a moving-coil loudspeaker in 1915 and named their brainchild "Magnavox." The company was formed in 1917 under the same name in order to market the invention. For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... This article is about the engineering discipline. ... For the Marty Friedman album, see Loudspeaker (album) An inexpensive low fidelity 3. ...

Magnavox became a major consumer and defense electronics company. It manufactured radios, TVs and record players (gramophones).

With the introduction of the Odyssey in 1972, Magnavox began the home video game console market. Philips acquired Magnavox's consumer electronics division in 1974. During the late 1970s the company released the Odyssey¬≤, also known as the Philips Videopac. In the late 1990s, some Philips electronics were marketed under the brand name "Philips Magnavox" in an attempt to increase brand awareness of the Philips name in the United States. While it did work to a degree, it also caused confusion to the consumer as to the difference between "Philips Magnavox" products and "Philips" products. Philips now once again markets the brands separately. The Magnavox Odyssey was the worlds first commercially sold video game console. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Game console redirects here. ... Philips HQ in Amsterdam Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics N.V.), usually known as Philips, (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is one of the largest electronics companies in the world, founded and headquartered in the Netherlands. ... Consumer electronics is a term used to describe the category of electronic equipment intended for everyday use by people, the consumers. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Magnavox Odyssey² video game console The Magnavox Odyssey², known in Europe as the Philips Videopac G7000, in Brazil as the Philips Odyssey, in the United States as the Magnavox Odyssey² and the Philips Odyssey², and also by many other names, is a video game console released in 1978. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article is about brands in marketing. ...

The defense group remained independent under the Magnavox Electronic Systems name until it was acquired by Hughes Electronics in 1995.[1] When Hughes Electronics sold its aerospace and defense operations to Raytheon, the former Magnavox defense operations were transferred as well. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is a major American defense contractor and industrial corporation with core manufacturing concentrations in defense systems and defense and commercial electronics. ...

The brand also has worked with Funai Electric with their televisions after the Philips Magnavox name was popular.

The Magnavox name is still used by Philips to market "value-priced" (lower priced) consumer electronics.

In Australia, the rights to the Magnavox brand are not owned by Philips but by Mistral Ltd, a Hong Kong trading company that uses it to sell audio/video equipment of a different make. [1]

Magnavox also manufactured the AN/ARC-164 UHF radio.


  1. ^ Profile of Hughes Electronics Corp., Washington Technology.

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PONG-Story : Magnavox Odyssey - the first video game system - (4401 words)
Magnavox gave them the use of their boardroom and one of their 19-inch TV sets; Ralph set up the TV, along with the Brown Box, the light gun, and the golf putting device.
Magnavox also shipped their dealers ten additional games available separately, or in a pack of six (as six games were originally planned and another four were released later in 1973).
Magnavox would be forced to eliminate this marketing and sales scheme a couple of years later when they were sued by the Government for restraint of trade.
ClassicGaming.com - The Museum: Magnavox Odyssey (1859 words)
Magnavox also decided to leave out the game select switches and make games selectable by plugging in various cards that acted as switches to "redirect" the console's circuitry (these cards are not the same as game cartridges, which contain actual new program code).
Because Odyssey was presented as an addition to the Magnavox TV line, it seemed as if it were an additional option to Magnavox televisions rather than something that could be sold on its own.
Magnavox decided to release one of their new consoles to answer in kind and thus, the public was introduced to the Odyssey 100 at the same time as Home Pong.
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