Sonos Slashes Headcount by 12%, Closes NY Store, and Cuts CEO Spence’s Pay 20%

In a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Sonos, Inc. [SONO:NASDAQ] announced a series of measures to try and get company costs under control in the wake of the COVID-19 impacted economy. More drastic than previous announcements, Sonos … Continue reading

B&W Offers New Products & Old Friends as Sign of Strategy Change

702 Signature [Click to enlarge] Intros 700 Series Signature Models & Rehires Past PR Agency Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), a leading high-end specialty loudspeaker brand for 54 years, that recently zigged and zagged when it was acquired by EVA Automation … Continue reading

In Global Supercomputer War – Land of the Rising Sun Rises to Eclipse American Technology

On Monday morning, during my usual morning health walk, I listened to a podcast where the host proclaimed – quite proudly – that nobody is better at technology than the U.S. Just a couple of hours later, the Nikkei reported … Continue reading

Bryston Launches Innovative ‘Trade-Up’ Program on Famous 4B Amplifier

Here’s a dilemma…imagine you make a product that is so good that it may be your peak achievement. It’s built solidly with great technology, sounds great, and works today…and for many years of tomorrows-to-come. Your engineers forgot to build in … Continue reading

Housing Starts Struggle to Regain Their Footing in May

Last month, Strata-gee reported on a shocking 30+% drop in residential housing construction, with starts dropping an eye-popping 30.2% in April. That was ultimately revised to a decline of “only” 26.4%…still a massive one month decline. Now in May, we … Continue reading

Facing COVID-19 Fears: Eight Out of Ten Americans Fear a Second Wave

A new survey from Ipsos/Axios had lots of interesting details about how Americans are feeling at this unique juncture in time, as states begin to reopen their economy, with a commensurate rise in cases of coronavirus. As many readers may … Continue reading

In Unusual Saturday Statement, B&W Says, In Effect, We’ll Speak for Ourselves, Thank You

Just ‘Early Stage Talks’ to ‘Explore Opportunities;’ No Mention of Agreement Late in the day yesterday (Friday), Strata-gee told you about an announcement from top multi-brand audio provider Sound United, saying they had reached a preliminary agreement to acquire Bowers … Continue reading

Bowers & Wilkins in Preliminary Agreement to Be Acquired By Sound United

In yet another twist in the long and winding saga of Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), it was announced late Friday that the company has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Sound United, the parent company of several audio … Continue reading

PS Audio, Direct Marketer of Electronics, Launches a Record Company

Boulder, CO-based PS Audio, a direct-to-consumer (D2C) marketer of higher end audio electronics products, announced this week that they are launching a record company called Octave Records. The company says Octave “is dedicated to preseving the art of high-fidelity recordings … Continue reading