About Inovonics

For over 50 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. is 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".

  • Limitless 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

    1995 also saw the introduction of the 710 RDS/RBDS Radiodata encoder, our first RDS product.

  • 1996
  • Rebroadcasting

    The 630 is added to the catalog 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
  • Redefining Rebroadcasting

    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.

  • New Mountain Home

    Inovonics Headquarters moves to Felton, California in the Santa Cruz mountains.

  • Dynamic Messaging for Dummies

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

  • 2009
  • Introducing the INOmini

    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.

  • 2013
  • First in Stream Monitoring

    The 610 Internet Radio Monitor is the first in the market, creating an unprecedented and necessary tool for stream monitoring.

  • 2014
  • Sensitive and Selective...With Remote Web Access

    Inovonics reinvents rebroadcasting again with the AARON 640 and 650.

  • 2015
  • Hello Gary

    Gary Luhrman jumps on board as Inovonics' Sales and Marketing Manager.

  • Problem Solved

    FM and HD Radio™ time alignment was a problem...until JUSTIN solved it.

  • Monitor Like a Pro...With Your Phone

    We added IP networking to our popular 531...and we didn't even raise the price.

  • Introducing the SiteStreamers™

    Beginning in 2015 with the Award Winning 635 FM/RDS Model, Inovonics introduces a new line of INOmini SiteStreamers, designed as web-enabled receivers for remote signal monitoring. AM, HD Radio™ and DAB/DAB+ versions would soon follow.

  • 2016
  • Innovating and Winning

    2016 saw the Inovonics team add two more awards for the 525N AM Modulation Monitor and the 638 FM/HD Radio™ SiteStreamer™.

  • Virtually Yours

    Inovonics launches its Virtual Demo Center, offering customers a unique "hands-on" trial experience for each of our web-enabled products.

  • 2017
  • Welcome Mukesh

    Inovonics announces the addition of Mukesh Chaudhary as Country Manager - India.

  • INOmini Man Comes to Life...and Las Vegas

    NAB 2017 saw the first public appearance of INOmini man, who posed for pictures and met adoring fans all week long in Las Vegas.

  • AARON wins!

    The new AARON brings Inovonics' popular Rebroadcasting prowess to the HD world with the 655 and captures a 2017 NAB Best of Show Award.

  • Inovonics' Industry Innovator

    Our Founder, Jim Wood is honored with NewBay’s Industry Innovator Award, presented by Radio World. NewBay’s Industry Innovator Award winners are selected by a panel of experts and evaluated on their professional achievements, technical and business innovations and continuing influence within their industries.

  • 2018
  • Dynamically Advancing RDS Encoders

    The 732 marks a new generation of RDS encoders, and receives a Best of Show Award from New Bay Media at NAB 2018.

  • DAB Plus!

    Our Model 660 DAB/DAB+ Monitor/Receiver captures a Best of Show award at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam.

  • 30 Years

    Inovonics salutes longtime employee and current President/CEO Ben Barber on his 30th anniversary at the company.

  • 2019
  • SOFIA SiteStreaming+

    NAB 2019 brought a new BEST OF SHOW award from Radio World for the SOFIA FM/HD Radio™ SiteStreamer+™.

  • 2020
  • 2020 - Inovonics is open for business!

    2020 was strange and difficult for everyone. From COVID closures, restrictions and setbacks to fire and flood evacuations, 2020 was a year like no other. We look forward to seeing everyone at shows around the world again, starting in 2021!

  • 2021
  • A complete and comprehensive FM/HD Radio Mod Monitor!

    We missed seeing everyone at shows again in 2021, but Inovonics was hard at work innovating and bringing the 551 HD Mod Monitor to market.

  • 2022
  • Winning and Together Again!

    In 2022, we were back (mostly) live at real shows with (some) real people...and Inovonics brought another award winning idea to life with the 552 HD Mod Monitor!

  • 50 years and counting!

    50 years after Jim Wood started Inovonics, he and his company are still innovating and making radio better for thousands of Inovonics users around the globe.


    At age 80, and with 50 years of Inovonics employment under his belt, Jim Wood has made the decision to formally retire from the firm. Ben Barber became the new owner of Inovonics, Inc. on August 1, 2022.