About Inovonics


For over 45 years Inovonics has maintained its position as a market leader and international provider of user friendly, cost effective and innovative broadcast products.

A young Jim Wood gets hooked on radio

The basics are beautiful

As methods of broadcasting evolve and technologies change, Inovonics continues to provide high quality, easy to use, cost-effective designs for the broadcast professional. We never overlook what really matters: the basics. Great service, ease of use, fair prices, and respect for our customer’s time, money, and trust.

Our customers are our investors

Headquartered in the mountain community of Felton, California, with dealers and distribution in more than 40 countries throughout the world, we can be distinguished from many of our competitors in that we have no outside ownership demands: our customers fund our daily operations by paying for our products. We answer to them - not investors or the stock market.

Jim Wood – an entrepreneur even as a boy

Company History

  • 1972
  • Inovonics, Inc. Founded

    Inovonics, Inc. founded in Campbell, CA by Jim Wood and Mark Drake: R&D Begins.

  • Inovonics’ first products

    Inovonics’ first products were drop-in, replacement tape recorder electronics assemblies for the Ampex reel-to-reel tape recorders and similar machines.

  • 1974
  • A New Direction...

    Inovonics introduces its first broadcast audio processing product, the 220 "Audio Level Optimizer".

  • OEM Development

    Inovonics introduces the 201 Average/Peak Limiter, 210 Frequency Selective Limiter, and the 220 ALO Broadcast Processor.

  • 1975
  • New Home

    Inovonics moves Headquarters to a new, larger building in Campbell, CA.

  • 1976
  • Dynex Suppressors and Magnetic Reproduce

    240 and 241 DYNEX adaptive noise suppressor, and Dual Channel Tape Electronics

  • 1978
  • Better Ideas...

    Introducing the 215 modular broadcast processor, 231 'MAP-II' multiband audio processor and the 500 RTA real-time acoustic analyzer

  • 1979
  • Improving Performance...

    370 and 380 Magnetic Recording Electronics

  • 1982
  • Programmable Processing

    Introducing "Multi-Function, Multiband Audio Processing...

  • 1984
  • Moving and Innovating

    Headquarters move to Santa Cruz, California

  • 1985
  • Radio...Television...Film...

    Introducing the 260 "Utility" Processor and the TVU.

  • 1987
  • FCC mandated NRSC Compliance

    Everyone needs a 222 NRSC Box!

  • 1989
  • Optimum Film Sound

    Introducing the 390 & 397..Inovonics' final analog magnetic recording products.

  • 1992
  • Welcome DAVID!

    Inovonics introduces the DAVID (as in David vs. Goliath) in 1992.

  • 1993
  • FM Modulation

    Inovonics introduces the 530 FM Mod. Monitor and the 550 Sentinel Program Audio Monitor.

  • 1995
  • RDS beginnings

    Introducing the 710 RDS/RBDS Radiodata encoder, our first RDS product.

  • 1996
  • Re-Broadcasting

    The 630 is introduced as Inovonics' first "Relay" Receiver

  • Think Small...

    Introducing the 701 RDS Encoder, our first small form product.

  • 2000
  • Streaming into a new Millennium

    Internet audio is new, exciting and sounds terrible!

  • 2001
  • Software Driven

    Presenting the Omega_FM...with all-digital signal processing performed entirely in software.

  • 2003
  • "Top Value" without spending "Top Dollar"

    The 531 adds features to our already popular 530 modulation Monitor, and begins its run as one of Inovonics longest running, best-selling products.

  • 2004
  • PIPP™, PIPP™, Hooray!

    Inovonics' Jim Wood patents the’ PIPP™ audio limiter, a new concept of audio signal processing.

  • 2005
  • Re-Defining Re-Broadcasting

    Introducing the 631, to replace our popular 630

  • 2007
  • All-Digital Stereo "Utility Processing"

    The 261 brings the complete package to broadcasters looking for comprehensive level management.

  • 2008
  • Blue Ribbon AM Modulation Monitoring

    With the introduction of the 525, the dream of AM modulation measurement accuracy in the presence of IBOC digital carriers became a reality.

  • Dynamic Messaging for Dummies

    The 720 and 730 made scrolling RDS simple and virtually foolproof.

  • 2009
  • Hello INOminis!

    The award-winning 703 is introduced as the first INOmini, our line of 1/3 rack units.

  • 2011
  • HD Radio® Confidence

    The INOmini 632 introduces inexpensive, straight-forward digital monitoring.

  • 2012
  • DAVID Goes Digital!

    DAVIDs I ,II & III delivered giant-killing performance with analog cicuitry...DAVID IV does it in the digital realm as a DSP-based processor.

  • Ben Barber Named President / CEO of Inovonics, Inc.

    Ben Barber is named President / CEO of Inovonics by Founder / Chairman of the Board Jim Wood. Ben began working at Inovonics as a test and R&D tech and engineer in 1988, and had been company COO since 2007. Jim Wood is still not retiring!