Originally Posted by imagic
I don't see how Denon or Marantz compete with Polk or Definitive Technology. They seem complementary, the consolidations withing product categories (Denon + Marantz, Polk + DefTech) had already occurred.
Also, it can be helpful to consolidate R&D facilities as well as cross-pollinate engineering knowledge between brands. Speaking of consolidation, I'm curious about what happens to HEOS versus DTS Play-Fi. That's one area where there's overlap between capabilities of D+M Group products and Polk/DefTech products.
I would consider it a good thing, a speaker audio company has aquired another audio company that does electronics and AVRs--it fits. They compliment each other and the world changed when Samsung bought Harmon a few months back. Polk is moving in on the soundbar market and is doing well--Samsung was already there but now has Harmon to really push.
Polk and Def Tech now have D+M to help them expand that market and really go toe-to-toe with Samsung/Harmon and can make AVR/speaker systems for the consumer. D+M gains because they are a larger company as they have to fight Onkyo/Pioneer along with Samsung.
The audio market peaked in 1990 then went into decline. It did not help that after the peak the computer, gaming and cell phone markets exploded and vacuum up huge amounts of disposable income. For most people, audio is secondary to the TV/internet so audio tends to be pushed into the shadows.
Denon spun off and sold it's pro division a year or two ago, they specialized in club/DJ gear such as mixers, CD players and computer file controllers. The writing was on the wall so not too surprising, I'm glad it was a speaker company that bought them out. At least now they can focus on what they do best and not worry about being sold off in pieces.
Klipsch got bought out around 5 years ago, lately they have really improved their speaker line with the RP series and have returned to the higher level speakers/quality of their peak years. Sometimes things will improve so my wish is D+M follows that track.