End of an Era, Onkyo Halts Production of Loudspeakers in Japan

<January 22, 2012> On Thursday, the Nikkei said it had learned that Onkyo Corporation has decided to cease production of loudspeaker systems in Japan. This decision ends several decades of domestic production of a product category in which Onkyo not … Continue reading

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…HiFiMAN

See UPDATE below article… >See a slideshow with images from the HiFiMAN press conference here<< <January 25, 2012> One of the more pleasant surprises of the show was an opportunity to meet a company – new to me but apparently … Continue reading

Onkyo & Gibson CEO’s Give the ALERT the Inside Scoop on their New Partnership

Gibson Guitar Becomes Exclusive U.S. Distributor of Onkyo & Integra Brands <January 18, 2012> As one of a select (and very small) group of reporters invited to a hastily-arranged private audience with the CEO’s of both Gibson Guitar Corp. and … Continue reading

Sony Decides to Stop Sleeping With the Enemy; Breaks Off Samsung Partnership

<December 28, 2011> Multiple reports from The New York Times, Reuters, the Nikkei and others say that Sony Corp. has decided to pull out of its joint venture with Samsung called S-LCD Corp. Launched in 2004, the JV manufactured LCD … Continue reading

Toshiba to Close Three Chip Plants as Demand Slacks for TVs & PCs

<November 30, 2011> Toshiba Corporation said today in Tokyo that it will close three of its six factories in Japan producing so-called discrete or single-function chips which are widely used in the electronics business. A very competitive part of the … Continue reading

Pioneer, Pummeled by Problems, Reveals Revised Recovery Plans

<November 30, 2011> On Tuesday, Pioneer Corporation released its revised medium-term business plan designed to rebuild their sales and profits after a tough year of environmental and economic challenges including earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan and Thailand, as well as … Continue reading