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1937
Pioneer's founder, Nozomu Matsumoto, successfully develops the A-8 dynamic speaker.

1938
Fukuin Shokai Denki Seisakusho (predecessor of Pioneer) is established in Tokyo.

1947
Incorporated as Fukuin Denki.

1953
Introduces PE-8.

1961
Changes the name to Pioneer Electronic Corporation (now Pioneer Corporation) and shares are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Second Section.

1962
Introduces the world's first separate stereo system.

1966
Establishes sales companies in Europe and the U.S.

1967
Shares are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section and the Osaka Securities Exchange (delisted on the Osaka Securities Exchange in January 2006).

1969
Shares are listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange (now Euronext Amsterdam. Delisted in January 2006). Starts U.S. GAAP consolidated financial reporting.

1975
Introduces the world's first component car stereo.

1976
Shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (delisted in January 2006).

Introduction of the Supertuner, a high-sensitivity tuner for the car stereo. This marked the first time a car audio tuner offered the same high quality sound that was found in a home audio tuner.

1977
Introduces the world's first two-way addressable CATV system in the U.S. (with Warner Cable).

1979
Introduces the industry-use LD player.

1980
Introduces LD player for home use, the VP-1000, in the U.S.

1981
Introduces LD player for home use and 70 titles of LD software in Japan.

1982
Introduces the LD Karaoke system for business use. Introduces CD player.

Pioneer's first dynamic speaker
1937
Pioneer's first dynamic speaker
World's first separate stereo system
1962
World's first separate stereo system
World's first component car stereo
1975
World's first component car stereo
Pioneer's first LD player
1980
Pioneer's first LD player
Pioneer's projection monitor
1985
Pioneer's first projection monitor
World's first GPS car navigation system
1990
World's first GPS car navigation system
World's first DVD/LD/CD compatible Player
1996
World's first DVD/LD/CD compatible Player
World's first XGA plasma display
1997
World's first XGA plasma display
World's first product equipped with OEL display
1997
World's first product equipped with OEL display
Digital STB for Time Warner Cable
1999
Digital STB for Time Warner Cable
World's first DVD recorder
1999
World's first DVD recorder
1984
Introduces the world's first LD combination player compatible with CDs and LDs, and releases the world's first car CD player.

1985
Introduces the 40-inch projection monitor.

Introduction of the first multi-play CD "magazine format" for the home.

1986
Introduction of the first stereo receiver for the home incorporating Dolby Surround sound.

1987
Introduction of the car electronics' industry's first 3-source DIN head unit with tape deck, CD player and radio tuner. Introduction of the first multi-play CD "magazine format" for the car.

1989
Introduction of Detachable Face Security system, providing car stereo owners with added protection against theft.

1990
Introduces the world's first GPS car navigation system.

1992
Introduces the world's first 4x CD-ROM changer.

1995
Debut of the first GM/Chrysler-sized aftermarket CD headunits. Introduction of the first home stereo receiver with Dolby Digital.

1996
Introduces DVD/CD player and the world's first DVD/LD/CD compatible player for home use. Tokorozawa Plant earns ISO 14001 certifications.

1997
Introduces world's first DVD car navigation systems, world's first OEL-equipped car audio product, world's first DVD-R drive, world's first high-definition 50-inch plasma display for consumer use. Supplies digital DBS IRDs to CANAL+ in France.

1998
Announces 2005 Vision with new CI. Introduces the world's first DVD car navigation system featuring 8.5GB dual-layered DVD disc.

1999
Introduces the world's first DVD recorder compatible with the DVD-RW format. Supplies digital CATV STBs to Time Warner Cable in the U.S.

2000
Shares of Tohoku Pioneer are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Second Section.

2001
Reviews 2005 Vision to reorganize it as the Pioneer Group Vision.