How Sony Is Turning into a Ghost in Japan and Around the World
Yes sure, Sony is a ghost of it's former self in TV's (and they've made tactical errors like focusing on China, and letting Samsung make their parts etc.) but they are fine in other sectors, like the Xperia and PS3 etc.
I remember when there was news the PS3 had 'failed' and Sony was losing X zillion, cutting staff, etc... lol.
Seems like Kotaku copy-pasted the entire article from here - http://www.japansubculture.com/the-ghosts-of-sony/
They mentioned the Minidisc briefly, but not the CD, SACD, Discman, Walkman, voice recorders, earphones, headphones, speakers... actually they hardly mentioned anything in audio at all lol, and how about the robots? AIBO.
I'd like to see some statistics on their findings, for example on how many Sony players sell in Japan. Not just a couple interviews with shopkeepers haha.
It's a real shame the Discman and CD (physical media) era ended. I'd really love to compare my Z1070 (not arrived yet) to the very best models of the Walkman, Discman and MD players from that era.
"Some experts say that unlike Korean electronic companies, Japanese companies excel in developing original new products. Innovation takes time and is very costly, but in the golden-age Sony engineers were free to do what they wanted, they concentrated on technology that was unrealistic or hard-to-commercialize. Sony was fit to develop new technologies."
Haha... "some experts", I wonder how much technology we use today China and Korea have invented.
I was excited when Sony released the EX310, EX510, EX600, EX800ST, EX1000. It looked - and sounded - like they were coming back into portable audio.
I never quite adjusted to the EX600 and eventually returned to the EX700 as my preferred Sony IEM. Then, once the XBA-3 and XBA-4 arrived, I sold mine pretty quickly. Those two IEM's put a huge dent in my Sony love.
The Sony MDR-SA3000 and Sony CD900ST are most likely still the best Sony headphones currently made.
So yeah, even though Sony invented the earphone and IEM and a lot of excellent high-tech products, they've handed over the title to Audio Technica and JVC, just like they handed over their TV title to Sharp and Pioneer.
Then again there are still a couple of very interesting semi-Sony IEM's now, the Sony / Ericsson MH1C / MH1, and the Ocharaku Flat 4.