James Loudspeaker Terminates Reps as Integration into Sonance Progresses

Early last week, a holiday week, sources reached out to relay the news that multiple manufacturer sales representatives were being terminated by James Loudspeaker. Happy Thanksgiving…you’re fired. In chats, I heard of the pain that some those reps felt – … Continue reading

NPR: American Speaker Manufacturer Says Tariffs May Force Him Out

This week, National Public Radio (NPR) tells the story of the Minneapolis Speaker Company, Inc., known as MISCO, a St. Paul, MN-based manufacturer of speaker drivers and systems sold mostly on an OEM basis, who is struggling to continue to … Continue reading

Last Week Onkyo, Now Sound United Reorganizes in Wake of Failed Acquisition Deal

For a few weeks now, I’ve been chasing a rumor that both sides of the failed Sound United acquisition of Onkyo’s branded A/V business were in the throes of a major reorganization. The rumors, it seems, were true – starting … Continue reading

No Josh-ing, AudioControl & Josh.ai Partner for a Better User and Integrator Experience

AudioControl and Josh.ai announced last week that they were partnering with an integration that will allow integrators to offer their clients a better voice-enabled home entertainment control experience. A perfect blend of the high-quality electronics from AudioControl, coupled with the … Continue reading

Onkyo to Slash Overall Company Headcount by 30%, Cutting Management by 50%

Also: Consolidating Facilities & Moving Headquarters It appears that the other shoe is dropping in the wake of the failed acquisition of Onkyo Corporation’s branded A/V division by Sound United last month, as the company now says it will reduce … Continue reading

In Wake of Its Acquisition by Control4, Amina Splits Off from Triad Partnership to Go It Alone

UK based Amina Technologies, manufacturer of so called “invisible speakers,” had for years been in a partnership with Triad who distributed their line. Yet in the wake of Triad’s acquisition by Control4, Amina ultimately chose to split off and go … Continue reading

Toshiba Launches Consortium of 100 Companies to Drive ‘Internet of Things’ Market

The Toshiba Corp. headquarters stands in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg Toshiba Corp. announced this week that it has launched a large consortium of more than 100 companies in Japan for the purpose of creating … Continue reading

Origin Acoustics Announces an Executive Promotion and Appoints a New CMO

Origin Acoustics announced this week that it has promoted current Sales VP Marc Fisher to the unusual title of President of Sales. The company also the appointment of John Marchionda as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). See more on the Origin … Continue reading

Control4 Launches 1st Product of Neeo Acquisition – A Slim Handheld Remote Control for OS3

Control4 announced today the launch of the Neeo Remote for Control4, the first product from their acquisition of the Swiss company Neeo back in February 2019. This new Neeo remote control is optimized to work seamlessly with Control4’s OS 3 … Continue reading