Originally Posted by Sylverant
I've asked adults that know Sony what they think of the company and if they aren't a fan, I almost always get the same response:
"They used to make quality products until they got greedy in the late 90's. Now their stuff isn't worth buying anymore because even though it looks or sounds great, its designed to brake down."
But I think today's generation is different. People don't expect their tv to last 10+ years anymore. My parents 32 inch Sony Trinitron lasted nearly 15 years with 3 repairs. People wouldn't even consider getting a repair now. We replace everything. 3 years life for any product seems to be the limit right now.
They need regular people buying their consumer products. You don't really see Walkman's or Bravia's in places like targets and costcos anymore. I haven't seen a walkman on display/for sale in Bestbuy in a while, and when I do its usually a low end competitor to the iPod Nano. For all the RnD Sony had to put into the X series, why would the average person care if it isn't readily available and can't do what an iTouch can?
Now that Sony can depend on Android maybe they'll reach a bigger consumer base. I Hope the Z Yuga and Zl Odin sells well for them. If Verizon does decide to work with them and release a CDMA version it will probably be my first smartphone.
Yeah /: I've got a plasma that's been here for 12 years now that's still running fine. Also have CRT that's probably been around 16 years. Also have an LCD Bravia that's been around for quite some time now 2-3 years? I don't really see it going down soon though.
As for audio, today's generation of kiddies and young adults just fall for what they hear n for what's trendy, wasting hundreds on bad phones. Although semi released their Orpheus, they haven't gone down cause of microphones n the fact that they've been specializing in audio n making quality products that sell. Sony on the other hand went downwards after R10. Even their lower end phones were good, but now it's just "what just happened?"after a decade. A company that was decades ahead :s