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 Demos New Technologies at CES

<January 25, 2012> Onkyo Corporation had a very busy CES, not just because of the recent news of their strategic partnership with Gibson Guitar (and subsequent to CES, a partnership with Teac), but because the company was showing and demonstrating … 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

At CES – Monster Turns from Performance to Fashion Model Runway to Sell Headphones

>>See a full slideshow of the Monster Press Conference here<< <January 25, 2012> In what had to be one of the more unusual press conferences we’ve attended, Monster Cable – who wants us all to drop the “Cable” from their … Continue reading

Awash in a Sea of Incrementalism, Pre-Show Press Day was a Desperate Search for Innovation

<January 18, 2012> The day before the International Consumer Electronics Show opens, the show promoter holds something they call “Press Day.” Press Day is a mind-numbing endurance test of the media’s stamina with back-to-back-to-back-to-etc. press conferences. Each press conference is … 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

CES Wrap-Up #1 – The Big News at CES Was That There was No Big News

<January 18, 2012> When my kids were younger, they used to really love those Magic Eye puzzles. You know, the puzzles that look busy with lots of bright designs and graphics, but a hidden image is buried within them if … Continue reading

LG – Last Year We Were Smart, This Year We Are Smarter

>>See a full slideshow from the LG CES Press Conference by clicking here<< <January 18, 2012> CES Press Day kicked off this year with LG who seemed anxious to update the media on their progress in 2011. Wayne Park, President and … Continue reading

Once Again, It’s Show Time – Our CES Survey Results Reveal Reader’s Real Intentions

<January 4, 2012> Next week, the International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas, NV starting January 10 and running through the 13th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Over the last few years, many ALERT and BEACON readers … Continue reading

More Details Emerge on Unique Gibson Guitar & Onkyo Partnership

<January 4, 2012> Only hours after the initial announcement this morning that Gibson Guitar Corporation and Onkyo Corporation will partner with mutual investments and the creation of a joint venture (JV)  for product acquisition and marketing – new details of … Continue reading