House of Marley Stages a Not-So-Quiet Revolution

>> See a slideshow of photos from the House of Marley Booth at CES here… << <January 31, 2012> Still early in its development, House of Marley, LLC has quickly, if not quietly, staged a rapid business ramp-up – building its product … Continue reading

Soul by Ludacris Shows Party in a Box

<January 25, 2012> First revealed by the ALERT just after the 2010 CEDIA Expo, Soul by Ludacris at CES showed their remarkable product with a funny name, the Party In A Box. [ See original story here…]Sort of a boombox … Continue reading

Though Ink Not Yet Dry on Gibson Deal, Onkyo Launches Another Partnership with Teac

<January 22, 2012> Just days after news reports of the formation of a strategic partnership between Osaka, Japan-based Onkyo Corporation and Nashville, Tennessee-based Gibson Guitar Corporation – a new report by the Nikkei says that Onkyo has now formed yet … Continue reading

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

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

Lenbrook President & CEO Miller: On a Mad Mission? Or Simply Misunderstood?

<June 1, 2011> Lenbrook America Corporation President and CEO Dean Miller began with an apology. In a May 20th email communication with BEACON editor Ted Green, Miller apologized for his lack of responsiveness, saying that until he read last month’s … Continue reading

Lenbrook Lunacy? Or Crazy Like a Fox? Market Reacts to Recent Moves

One Rep Stands Up for Specialty <May 12, 2011> The specialty market is reacting to the announcement last week that Lenbrook America has hired Dean Miller as President/CEO and will dismiss its sales representative network, its sales manager, and take … Continue reading

Russound Hopes to Beat the Odds with Acquisition of Colorado vNet; But Some Question Deal

<October 7, 2009>Newmarket, RI-based Russound announced this past Monday that it had signed a letter of intent to purchase recently shuttered Colorado vNet in a deal for which terms were not disclosed and that is expected to close by the … Continue reading