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

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

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

The Curious Case of the Disappearance of Classé

BREAKING NEWS Acquired by Sound United Two Years Ago, Then Gone It was January 2018 when I reported that Sound United had completed its acquisition of Classé, an acquisition which had been first announced in December of 2017. In the … Continue reading

With Loss of Two Potential Buyers, Onkyo’s Future is a Question Mark

As you most likely know by now, Onkyo Corp. and Sound United have called off their transaction which would have transferred ownership of the 73-year old Onkyo brand, as well as the Integra, Pioneer, and Pioneer Elite brands to Sound … Continue reading

CEDIA 2019: Onkyo USA Says It Will Become a Retailer of Sonos, a Distributor Too

Onkyo USA announced this week that it will become a retailer of Sonos wireless music systems – selling the company’s wireless music systems on Onkyo USA’s website. The company also says it will distribute the brand nationally as well. See … Continue reading