Jensen and Radial Engineering team up!
Jensen and Radial Engineering team up! New business
relationship to commence at CEDIA 2014
Chatsworth, CA - Jensen Transformers, Inc. is pleased to announce that the company has been acquired by
long time customer Peter Janis, owner and president of Radial Engineering Ltd. Jensen joins the Radial group
of companies along with Reamp, Tonebone, Primacoustic and Hafler. Many of these key brands will be jointly
exhibiting at CEDIA booth #280.
According to Bill Whitlock, former owner and president: "After 25 years and my recent turning 70, I felt the time
had come for Jensen to be passed along to a younger generation. And after much discussion, I felt that Peter
would be the ideal candidate to take the company on and build it for the future. Peter's company Radial has
been tied at the hip with Jensen since 1992 and has been the biggest user of Jensen transformers for years. It
only made sense that he take the reins."
Deane Jensen was a true audio industry pioneer. He started the company 40 years ago (in 1974), when he
changed the way transformers were designed and built for real-world audio. His analog circuit design skills
gave him a deep understanding of how transformers interact with surrounding circuitry. This interaction was,
and still is, largely overlooked by those who simply build transformers. Using the best available materials and
winding techniques, he enhanced performance by paying close attention to phase response and extending
bandwidth, proving that the result is astounding sonic clarity and transparency. Bill Whitlock acquired the
company upon Deane's untimely death in 1989 and continued the tradition with further refinements in
production uniformity and long-term reliability and expanding the company into areas such as video through
the ISO-MAX® range.
Dave Hill, General Manager at Jensen: "Over the past months, we have begun to understand Peter's way of
doing business and it is very exciting! We have just extended our lease - keeping the company in its home in
Chatsworth, purchased two more high precision Meteor numerical winders, increased our raw part inventory,
have added more computer power to streamline our processes and are currently hiring more staff to increase
production. Peter is absolutely committed to upholding the Jensen brand and quality that we have strived to
build. These are very exciting times!"
Peter Janis chimes in: "Jensen is one of the true gems of our industry. I first heard about Jensen transformers
in 1981 and when we started Radial, it was on the top of our list. We launched the Radial JDI in 1996 - the J
standing for Jensen and today, it continues to be the world's best selling professional passive direct box around
the globe. When Jensen became available, we felt that the brand was simply too important to the industry and
our long term health to end up being purchased by a multi-national and made offshore. So far, we have
invested a significant amount of money to stabilize delivery and have made a commitment that Jensen be run
at arm's length. Radial will continue to purchase transformers as it has in the past, as an OEM customer, and
Jensen will continue to work with its growing customer base both on the OEM side and as a solution provider
for the AV contractor, home theater installer and professional audio engineer."
Bill Whitlock adds: "I plan to stay on with Jensen assisting on the technical side and working in R&D to develop
new and exciting products. There are so many areas that we have yet to explore and with the business side
now off my plate, I look forward to focussing on my true love of engineering."