Integra Moves Into Distribution, Eliminating a Key Selling Point

This week we learned that Onkyo and Integra products would now be sold through AVAD, a distributor of custom integration products in the U.S. that is in the middle of changing its business model. Interestingly, this announcement came from AVAD, … Continue reading

Onkyo Internally Announces Major Sales Structure Reorganization

BREAKING NEWS Four Major Brands to be Consolidated into Two Divisions In a national conference call with sales reps yesterday, Onkyo announced a major restructuring of their sales organization. This overhaul involves consolidating their four major brands – Onkyo, Integra, … Continue reading

Gibson Brands Hires New COO, Hit With Another Credit Downgrade

Gibson Brands announced Tuesday that it has hired Lee Cheng as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and executive vice president. This appointment takes effect immediately and follows a recent additional credit downgrade by the Moody’s Investor Service. See more … Continue reading

Gibson Brands Puts Assets Up For Sale

Just two weeks after we told you about Moody’s Investors Service downgrading Gibson Brands credit to junk status, the company has put two of their properties up for sale in an apparent effort to raise some much-needed cash. According to … Continue reading

Moody’s Downgrades Gibson Brands Credit to Junk

Gibson Brands CEO Responds to Moody’s Downgrade The music industry is positively buzzing about the announcement late last week by Moody’s Investors Service that, for the second time in three months, it has downgraded the credit rating of Nashville, Tennessee-based … Continue reading

Industry Personality & Technology Enthusiast Len Schneider Passes Away

A truly unique industry personality – and unabashed technology enthusiast – Len Schneider passed away Monday, after a brief illness. Most recently known as the President of TechniCom Corp., an industry marketing company offering product development capabilities and technical writing … Continue reading

Hot Time in the City, It’s CE Week Again

New York City in June sees temperatures rise in response to the onset of summer and also, hopefully, in response to the launch of the hottest new technologies being shown at CE Week at the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building … Continue reading

Onkyo Sets New Global Strategy Focused On Portables & Headphones

Osaka, Japan-based Onkyo Corporation says it has set a new global growth strategy that will focus on launching portable music players and headphones, thanks largely to resources it received in its acquisition of Pioneer’s home AV division. In an interview … Continue reading

Bloomberg Reporter Asks ‘Why is Sharp Still With Us?’

We’ve been reporting for a while now on the epic survival struggles of some of this industry’s biggest brand names in Japan…most recently Sharp Corp. Some of the changes we’re seeing now were unforeseeable even 24-36 months ago – Sony … Continue reading