High-End Faces A Matter of Survival in Pandemic’s Wake; Here’s What We Should Do Now

In This GUEST POST, Bill Leebens Takes You on a Journey from ‘Me’ to ‘We’ & Proposes a New Industry Association A few months ago, I unexpectedly became unemployed. There had been occasions in my career when it was clear … Continue reading

Integrators Rejoice! Peace Chimes are Ringing – Crestron & Lutron are Working Together

OK…I don’t want to overstate this, but over the last few years, integration industry giants Crestron and Lutron have been…shall we say…a little competitive with each other. Maybe not directly so, but certainly there have been skirmishes over several lines … Continue reading

Shocking 30+% Drop in Housing Construction Starts; But a Turnaround May Be Lurking

Existing Home Sales Decline as Well I’ve been saying for a while now that really, really tough economic data was coming. Even though it was obvious to many of us that the economy was crashing – thanks to COVID-19 – … Continue reading

With Original Event Canceled, IFA Now Says It Will Hold a New Live, In-Person Show in September

Promoter Says It Is Putting ‘Health and Safety First’ Saying they are putting “Health and Safety first,” IFA announces they have received the appropriate government approvals to hold a live, in-person trade show event in Berlin this coming September. The … Continue reading

As Overall Economy Hit by COVID-19, Layoffs Hit Tech as Well

AudioQuest Announces Downsizing A relatively large number of readers and industry sources have reached out to Strata-gee with word of cutbacks and layoffs at various industry brands – as the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) takes its toll on the U.S. … Continue reading

New Study: Another Impact of COVID-19 – the Crash of Consumer Sentiment

Nearly 90% of Consumers Expect a Recession Because of COVID-19 New research conducted this month shows another major impact of COVID-19 Coronavirus – the crash of consumer sentiment. A statistically significant survey of a representative sample of all Americans has … Continue reading

Once Again, Melrose Considers Disposing of Nortek; This Time It’s Serious

Melrose Industries plc, the British turnaround specialist who acquires underperforming companies to improve their operations and management for resale, is now actively considering selling off the bulk of Nortek in a deal that could be worth $3 billion, according to … Continue reading

In Sonos’ Claim That It’s a Victim, Some Skeptics See a Rich Irony

This Friday, Sonos CEO Patrick Spence will testify before a Congressional committee (the House antitrust subcommittee) that is investigating the issue of competition in digital markets. Or, I should say, they are investigating whether the tech giants – Google, Amazon, … Continue reading

Audio Design Associates Warns of Imminent Company Shutdown

In a letter to the media early Tuesday evening, Richard Stoerger announced the likely impending closure of Audio Design Associates (ADA), a company that was a founding member of CEDIA and a significant driving force in the early days of … 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