AudioControl announced this week that their top-rated X-Series audio/video receivers and preamp/processors are now certified to be Roon Ready. What this means is that these models can auto-discover and connect to Roon without any user or integrator involvement with advanced configuration steps.
Here’s some good news! In a report by the National Association of Home Builders’ writer Fan-Yu Kuo, we learn that consumer confidence in March jumped to its highest level in a year. This is the second month of increase for consumer confidence, after a more modest increase in February. This mini-trend suggests that confidence is building in consumers about their future…after a rough year.
See more on this report of Consumer Confidence…[Read more…] about Consumer Confidence Rebounds to Highest Level in a Year
Last Thursday, Onkyo notified the Tokyo Stock Exchange that its latest forecast for fiscal 2021 results shows that – despite their best efforts – the company remains insolvent. It was a disappointing announcement, as it means that the company’s well thought-out plans to return to solvency failed. So what happens now?
What happens to Onkyo now?[Read more…] about Onkyo Corps’ Struggle to Survive: The Situation has Become Dire
Yep, you read that right. Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) today announced that they have launched an impressive looking 16-channel distribution amplifier aimed at the custom integration channel. Long deemed by many to be the king of Hi-Fi stereo sound, the company is making a power move into a decidedly integrator mainstay category. So say “Welcome” to the new CDA-16…
Learn about the Bowers & Wilkins CDA-16[Read more…] about Bowers & Wilkins Launches 16-Ch. Distribution Amplifier
SnapAV announced today that they have acquired HCA Distributing, expanding their footprint of local distribution outlets around the country. HCA was founded in Denver, CO and eventually expanded to a second outlet in Salt Lake City, UT. The announcement of the acquisition was made by Trevor Hansen, SnapAV’s manager of their Volutone business unit.
See more on this acquisition of HCA by SnapAV…[Read more…] about SnapAV Acquires HCA Dist. in Rocky Mountains
SnapAV announced this week that they are expanding their distribution line card by adding Ring products to their online portal, as well as in their Local Pro Stores in the U.S. The company will distribute not only the regular Ring line, but also their X Line, which is reserved for professional installers only.
Learn more about Ring at SnapAV…[Read more…] about SnapAV Expands Offerings by Adding Ring Products
Foxconn, a Taiwanese company said to be the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics and Apple’s biggest supplier, announced on Tuesday that due to the global shortage of semiconductors they have been forced to reduce production of iPhones. It was a surprising admission of just how extensive the chip shortage has become – that it is impacting Apple, one of the biggest companies in the world with virtually unparalleled buying power.
See more on chip shortage impacting iPhones…[Read more…] about Global Chip Shortage Forces Cuts to iPhone Production
Once again, disaster strikes at the heart of the supply chain as reports are only now emerging about another factory destroyed in a major fire on March 19th that forced yet another semiconductor (chip) fabrication plant (fab) off-line. The fire took out the first floor of the Renesas Electronics factory in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan – just north of Tokyo, according to a report by the Nikkei.
See more on another factory destroyed by fire…[Read more…] about Disaster Strikes Supply Chain Again – Another Chip Factory Destroyed by Fire
In new data from eMarketer, we learn that digital audio continues to grow even in the wake of a global pandemic. And by grow, they mean that the time users spend listening to this type of content continues to increase. Early in the pandemic, this didn’t necessarily look like it would be the case, as homebound consumers turned to traditional TV or social media (or both) leading many researchers to suggest digital audio would lose some ground.
See what happened with digital audio during the pandemic…[Read more…] about Digital Audio Consumption Grows, Even in a Pandemic
Is Housing a Bubble About to Burst?
After a spectacular run in 2020, it looks as though housing may be taking a pause to regroup. Strata-gee reported last week that residential construction starts had dropped by 10.3% in February. Now we learn that sales of newly built single-family homes have also dropped in February, this time by a scary 18.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 775,000 units. On top of that, existing home sales also dropped in February, coming in at 6.22 million units or 6.6% off of January’s rate.