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Panasonic boss is determined to turn the company around, even if the cuts start close to home

By Andrew Everard | Wed, 17 Apr 2013, 11:13am

He may be staring down the barrel of huge losses for the past year, but Panasonic boss Kazuhiro Tsuga (left) is determined to turn the company around, however painful the measures required may be.And it seems the savings start close to home: the ...

Hands-on review: first impressions of the Naim DAC-V1 and NAP 100

By Andrew Everard | Wed, 10 Apr 2013, 9:27pm

So Naim’s putting all its ‘computer audio’ efforts into streaming products, isn't it? After all, since it launched the original NaimUniti – amazingly, that was just short of four years ago, time flying when having fun and all that – it has ...

Introducing the €1.5m, 1.5-tonne, 160kW amplifier

By Andrew Everard | Mon, 8 Apr 2013, 12:55pm

As the name suggests, the annual High End Show, which opens in just over five weeks' time in Munich, is home to some of the planet's most exotic audio equipment. But even by the show's high standards, the Pivetta Opera Only, set to make its ...

How Panasonic's three-year plan will continue the struggle to make money from TVs

By Andrew Everard | Thu, 28 Mar 2013, 3:19pm

'The first thing we have to do under this business plan is get rid of the loss-making businesses'.That's the stark message from Panasonic president Kazuhiro Tsuga.He was speaking earlier this evening in Japan, at a press conference to unveil his ...

Can anyone catch Korea in the global TV market? Maybe only the Chinese…

By Andrew Everard | Mon, 25 Mar 2013, 12:37pm

The latest worldwide TV sales figures make pretty gripping reading when it comes to charting the power-play between the top consumer electronics companies. For while the headline news is that sales of LCD TVs fell for the first time last year, ...

Sharp's Samsung deal: sell-out or salvation?

By Andrew Everard | Tue, 12 Mar 2013, 3:53pm

Seems there's been some hostility in Japan to the recent deal struck between ailing electronics manufacturer Sharp and its huge South Korean rival (and now partner), Samsung.The Twittering classes and Japanese Facebookworms took to their ...

Trends Audio BA-10: real hi-fi, only smaller

By Andrew Everard | Mon, 4 Mar 2013, 12:00pm

Getting to grips with Trends Audio's tiny BA-10 biamplification system      It was a fairly odd experience – carrying a complete biamplification system out of the office to the car under one arm, especially when that system ...

Why Vietnam is the new China for the global electronics giants

By Andrew Everard | Tue, 19 Feb 2013, 1:59pm

   There's a problem with China.  It's not the oft-rehearsed arguments about British jobs being exported there, products bearing 'once-great' British names being made in Chinese factories or even whole British companies ...

Just how much does it cost to get yourself connected on the road?

By Andrew Everard | Mon, 11 Feb 2013, 4:08pm

Bluetooth? DAB? USB? In your car? Could be standard, should be standard – but it could add a few hundred pounds to the invoice, or could cost you £2000+...If you have a phone and you want to stay within the law while driving, want to know where ...

Philips: flogging off the family silver? No, just going back to where the Philips brothers started

By Andrew Everard | Fri, 1 Feb 2013, 6:22pm

The recent kerfuffle about the announcement that Philips is to sell off its audio, video and multimedia businesses, effectively quitting the consumer electronics business, couldn't help but raise a wry smile.For every person commenting that it ...