Discussion in 'The VIP Lounj' started by DYohn, May 25, 2019.
Sound United Acquires Onkyo and Pioneer!
The same company who owns Denon/Marantz and others.
That's a little scary. What kind of market share is that going to give them? Who does that leave in the "mainstream" space, Yamaha? Arcam, NAD, Cabridge, Anthem, Rotel, none of them are mainstream IMO.
Yes it is sounding a lot like monopoly to me.
Maybe they'll improve Onkyo's reliability.
I literally don't have a single friend who is looking for a new home theater receiver. I realize that is a pretty small sample size, but what does the future hold for this space? Is Home Theater even a major thing moving forward? That is a legit question. People seem to be giving up quality at least in terms of audio, most don't seem to be searching out the latest and greatest.
No, and it hasn't been for a long time. It peaked before the housing crisis in 2008 and never recovered. People are interested in giant TVs but no one cares about sound beyond a decent soundbar or Sonos.
I can see in my next home a setup that's much more family room style with all in-wall speakers and an ALR screen, which have come a long way.
I agree. I am happy with my 65" plasma and Yamaha sound bar with "bass module". Sure if the TV goes, something bigger, thinner, and lighter will take is place, but the sound bar is all I am every going to have. Multiple channels of surround, multiple formats, complex remotes and speakers everywhere are just not going to happen. Most of our use would actually be my son playing things like Fortnite, and he uses headphones for that. Sound is hardly a thing for him.
Anecdote re: home theater. my 43 year old daughter recently moved from California to Utah and set up a new house. I offered to help her plan and set up her living room as a mixed use home theater space. She said sure as long as she didn't have to look at any speakers "because there sure are ugly in your house." I offered to set up an in-wall and in-ceiling system but she said no because that would mean she couldn't rearrange the room if the whim took her, plus there would be a receiver. She wanted a sound bar, so I sent her a Yamaha Music Cast soundbar and subwoofer system but she won't use it because she can't "hide" the sub. She said the sound from her 65" LG screen is just fine. I asked her what she uses for music and she said ear buds. Oh well.
It is the one with the wireless subwoofer. 2700 I think. It wasn't cheap..
Yep, and she outnumbers us.
Works that way in this house...
She is the norm. Physics and aesthetics are winning in the battle.
Yeah, my wife enjoys the HT sound when we're watching a movie with lots of sound effects together, but won't turn it on if it's just her.
My wife seems to prefer movies on her iPad, with the iPad speakers...
My kids enjoy the HT for movie nights with friends, but also generally just use a lap-top, iPad, or even just cell phone, for most media consumption...
My son doesn't even listen to music. I have sound bars for both of my TVs bacause anyone can use them. I have subscriptions to Stereophile and Soound & Vision. S & V, the least esoteric of the two, is now only published every other month. i don't this indicates much of a future for the industry.
Yep, besides the changing of listening habits (wireless earbuds), the economics, the competition for entertainment dollars, etc. you have the specific problem that a whole new generation has no living space. Millennials are moving back in with their parents or are in smaller living spaces at a given age than their predecessors. They also have less disposable income due to student loan debt. Its not one thing, its a bunch of stuff.
'It's a bunch of stuff"
bottom line it's just not something many people
today (of many generation groups) are concerned with.
Kids today just need to be educated in the fantastic geekdom that can come from audio gear. Many seem to have no trouble doing that with gaming systems...
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