Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson
Harman Luxury Group will be at CEDIA (1805
) with Lexicon listed. No word on what will be shown.
What we do know is that what will be shown, if anything, will bear some relationship to Harman's penchant for risk-taking--and I see very little risk-taking at what we traditionally considered the high end in audio and home theater. It's not just true of Lexicon, but virtually all of them.
Back in the day, Harman was worth three times more than it is now. That was when it seemed, to me anyway, that Harman was the perfect company for high end audio. While it is worth four times more than what it plummeted to from those points, I would expect conservative philosophy in risk taking. I would not be surprised to see nothing new at all. Even when we were briefly tantalized with the replacement to the MC-12, it seemed quite underwhelming. When you consider what Harman said it was going to charge for it, you realize that Harman is hedging its bets to the extreme, at least in terms of taking a risk that it might lose money with a new product release.
Growth and "evolution" are difficult concepts to apprehend while we move ahead in our lives. The adage that "trees don't grow to the sky" has meaning in the investment world. Harman's primary concern is its investment value. That is a far different thing than the values of the audiophile.