Bowers & Wilkins Notifies Dealers of Henderson’s Departure

STORY UPDATE Shortly after we published our BREAKING NEWS report on the Bowers & Wilkins dismissal of President Doug Henderson, we obtained a copy of an email that was apparently sent by the company to all B&W dealers explaining the … Continue reading

Management Turnstile Turns Again at Thiel Audio

BREAKING NEWS We learned this week that Thiel Audio (Thiel) has had another significant round of layoffs, including CEO Tom Malatesta, Chief Revenue Officer Stuart Levine, Director of Music Industry Relations Mark Mason (no relation to engineer Mark Mason who … Continue reading

Strata-gee Talks to New AVAD President Fred Farrar

AVAD, one of the custom integration industry’s leading distributors, is in the process of going through a major transformation, out from under the – some would say – clueless shadows of its previous owner, monster I.T. distributor Ingram Micro…to a … Continue reading

HiFiMan: Staking Out the Extreme High End of the Headphone Market

Launches $50,000 Headphone System HiFiMan, the specialty maker of high-end headphones and portable music players, announced this week the launch of a “premium” electrostatic headphone system that they call Shangri-La. Calling it a “cost-no-object experience,” the Shangri-La system is priced … Continue reading

SupplyStream Changes Name and Business Model

SupplyStream, the online aggregator of industry brands and products data, announced today that it has decided to change its name and business model in a move that they say will more properly align their branding with the reality of their business … Continue reading

At High End Show, Bluesound & NAD Offer High-End Announcements

From the High End show now taking place in Munich, Germany, Bluesound and NAD, two specialty audio lines leading the charge into high-res and high quality audio, made several interesting announcements about their efforts. Both brands are marketed here in … Continue reading

Yet Another High-End Brand Turns to Internet Sales, But This Time’s Different

This Time Brand Takes Local Dealers With Them Raleigh, NC-based Cary Audio announced this week that they will allow their high-end specialty electronics line to be sold online. At first blush, this looks like yet another specialty brand disrupting their … Continue reading

In Eye of Storm, McIntosh Hit with Management Shake-Up

BREAKING NEWS We have learned through multiple sources that McIntosh Labs, the high-end American brand that was thrust into the limelight recently when it came to light that the company was authorizing internet sales of its specialty brand, has experienced … Continue reading

Former Specialist Darling McIntosh Opens Up Internet Sales

BREAKING NEWS Multiple sources have told us that McIntosh Laboratory, Inc., a brand once deeply committed to the specialty electronics retail channel, has notified dealers by phone that for the first time in its history the company will allow Internet … Continue reading