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

Having Dumped Everything Else, Pioneer Makes Plans to Dominate Car Electronics

About the AV biz? Hoping Onkyo Keeps the Pioneer Name… In a revealing interview with the Nikkei in Tokyo, Pioneer Corp. President Susumu Kotani said that Pioneer – after spending several months selling off all of its divisions other than … Continue reading

Pioneer Says Merger Talks with Onkyo Continue; But Equity Partner Appears Sidelined

Pioneer Corporation released an interesting document on September 12th – while much of the tech media was in Denver for CEDIA – titled Notice with Respect to Basic Agreement for the Integration of Pioneer’s Home AV Business and Onkyo. This … Continue reading

Onkyo Promised and Now Delivers True Atmos Performance on Select Existing AVR Models

This past June at CE Week in New York City, Onkyo was one of two manufacturers (the other being Pioneer…now part of Onkyo) who were the first in the industry to announce new Atmos-enabled AV receivers. Atmos, Dolby Labs’ latest … Continue reading

Gibson Brands Opens Showroom in Tokyo

Gibson Brands (née Gibson Guitars) announced last week that it has opened a showroom in Tokyo, Japan that it calls a “pioneering music lifestyle concept showroom.” Although Gibson Brands owns many different brands, this particular showroom focuses on just three … Continue reading

A Deeper Dive into the World of Dolby Atmos; Is This Audio’s 3D?

GUEST POST Is Dolby’s new Atmos format the next frontier in surround sound processing? Or will it merit a repeat of Paul Klipsch’s famous line: “Ho, hum, another breakthrough”? You’d certainly think the former after prowling the aisles at the … Continue reading

Atmos Attacks at CE Week 2014

One of the big themes at CE Week 2014 was the unofficial official rollout of Dolby’s latest surround sound technology – Atmos. Both Onkyo and Pioneer intro’d, displayed, and demo’d Atmos systems. However, since both companies showed prototypes, what we … Continue reading