Whoa CES! Power Outage Plunges Show into Darkness

A News Story and a Metaphor CTA’s marketing message for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year was “Whoa!” While this is a reference to surprising innovations, it now appears that the biggest Whoa! to emerge from CES was a … Continue reading

Gibson Stuns Again; Pulls Out of NAMM Show

A little more than a month ago, Gibson stunned the music world by abruptly shutting down Cakewalk, a music software company it had acquired in 2013. Now the music industry is abuzz again, after an announcement from Gibson Brands that … Continue reading

Strata-SERIES: RMR – Smart Help for a Quick Start in RMR

[NOTE: This post is part of a series of articles on recurring monthly revenue programs we call Strata-SERIES: RMR. It will likely make more sense to you if you start by reading our Series Introduction here… and then our Topic Introduction and … Continue reading

Sonos to Seek Injunction to Stop HEOS Sales of ‘Infringing Technology’

BREAKING NEWS Case May Have Major Impact on Wireless Speaker Business As we recently reported, a federal jury gave Sonos a sweeping victory in the first “bellwether trial” in Sonos Inc. v. D&M Holdings Inc. et al, siding with Sonos … Continue reading

Strata-SERIES: RMR – Reducing Truck Rolls by 82%

[NOTE: This post is part of a series of articles on recurring monthly revenue programs we call Strata-SERIES: RMR Programs. It will likely make more sense to you if you start by reading our Series Introduction here… and then our Topic Introduction … Continue reading

Verdict: ‘Denon Directly Infringed’ on Sonos Patents

BREAKING NEWS Jury Finds for Sonos on All Counts; Denon Claims of Invalidity Vanquished Last Friday, after a full week of testimony, evidence, deposition playbacks, and attorney posturing, members of the jury listened closely as Judge William C. Bryson delivered … Continue reading

Surprise! Sound United Makes Bid to Acquire Classé

BREAKING NEWS Will High-End Classé Represent Sound United’s Crown Jewel? Just when you thought it was all over, Strata-gee has learned that a new suitor – Vista, CA-based Sound United – has emerged to make a bid to acquire Classé … Continue reading

Gibson Cuts Debt Deal to Delay Payment Date

Gibson Brands has reached a deal with GSO Capital Partners, one of its existing lenders, in order to push back a loan payment by approximately two weeks to December 15th. The reason for the move was to try and time the … Continue reading

Gibson Successfully Sells Memphis Factory

From our boy-that-was-fast department, Gibson Brands announced it has booked a deal to sell its Memphis factory/showroom. This facility, which is located in the heart of Memphis’ downtown right near the main entertainment district, had just been put on the market … Continue reading