It will be a sad day when the only choice will be a Samsung or cheap Chinese TV etc
So long and thanks for CDs (to misquote Douglas Adams).
And "don't let the door hit your [ahem] on the way out", as they say around here.
Let's face it, with the exception of the Compact Disk, what, 30 years ago, and the Compact Cassette 20 or 30 years before that, Philips has been resting on its laurels and patents for donkeys.
I mean, I don't think I've even seen a Philips product in 20 years, let alone thought of buying one....
Well it's Fidelio range has impressed us of late, and we gave an Award last year to the M1 headphones.
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Really? Have you been living on the moon or something? What a bizarre statement...
No signature worth mentioning...
Didn't see anything much of Philips stuff hitting the headlines 2007-11 when I was back in the UK, maybe I missed their last great hurrah when I moved back?
Anyway I just looked on Amazon.co.uk - Philips do seem to do a nice line in pink ghetto blasters, micro systems and surround sound stuff, but nothing I'd consider "hifi", just saying.
So what you're actually saying is that the corporation that invented the compact cassette and the compact disc only makes onto the pages of your magazine these days with iPhone boomboxes and a set of headphones?
I rest my case...
Hifi and probably AV are contracting markets in the west.
Perhaps best to get out while you can or shift focus to China/India etc whether manufacturing or selling (or be expensive enough to appeal to a few well heeled individuals though they are probably increasingly likely to come from the above markets too).
Made and designed in the UK (or Europe) still holds some kudos though it probably will increasingly shift to the latter. If the past few years are anything to go by, quality should not suffer because of that. Perhaps the opposite.
Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
I love my Philips citrus fruit squeezer...
£14.95 in John Lewis with their 2 year guarantee. (Same price on Amazon but add their delivery times/costs and no 2 year guarantee.)
Saves me about 80p a litre compared to cost of supermarket 'Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice' and tastes a lot better.
It is impossible to get red grapefruit juice in the shops whereas I can make about 2 litres of it in 5 minutes with this device.
Recommended with this jug.
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Agreed DM! I too think that we are moving towards a Designed in UK (or Europe) but made in China. And I have no real problme with that as long as decent levels of manufacturing quality are maintained. I mean I am sure that even a semi serious audiophile would not buy a brillantly designed product that is badly made?
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Their TVs were winning WHF awards only a few years back
It's just a business decision, neither good nor bad. I guess they weren't making much money in the sector and decided to concentrate on sectors where they could make more.
There's certainly no hiding anything from you is there?
...and I bought one of those award winning TV's back in 2009 and it's been excellent.
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Off-topic but I've never thanked you for the job link sweetness.
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