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  • Samsung buying Harman Kardon

    Came across this post and figured I'd pass it along.
    Samsung has acquired Harman International Industries, an auto parts supplier best known by consumers for its Harman Kardon audio division. The $8 billion, all-c...

  • #2
    Samsung must have more money than god. Their phones and washing machines are exploding so their losing all that revenue, and they'll likely be in lawsuits for the next decade...... eureka! that may be why! Spend the money while you still have it!
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    • #3
      It says they have 70 Billion laying around. That would buy about 7 aircraft carriers.
      Dan Snyder is bad Karma

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      • #4
        big companies want to devour the whole world

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        • #5
          Harman has sucked up a lot of companies over the decades, so why not.

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          • #6
            A bigger fish eating a big fish that ate smaller fish... the circle of life?

            This scenario did not work out well for my career, hope there's not too much carnage in the trenches.
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            • #7
              From Wikipedia:
              Brands


              • AKG Acoustics - microphone/headphones
              • AMX - video switching and control devices
              • Bang & Olufsen Automotive
              • Becker - car infotainment
              • BSS Audio - signal processing
              • Crown International - pro amplifiers
              • dbx Professional Products - signal processors
              • DigiTech - guitar products
              • HardWire - guitar pedals
              • HiQnet - audio digital network, based on Ethernet
              • harman/kardon - home/car audio
              • Infinity - home/car speakers
              • JBL - home/car speakers & amplifiers, professional speakers
              • Lexicon - digital processing
              • Mark Levinson Audio Systems - home/car audio
              • Martin Professional - stage and architectural lighting and effects fixtures
              • Revel - home speakers
              • Selenium - home, car and professional speakers, amplifiers, sound tables/mixers
              • S1nn GmbH & Co.
              • Soundcraft - mixing consoles
              • Studer - mixing consoles

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              • #8
                I don't see any glaring redundancies such as the Fender/SWR/GB one that resulted from those buyouts? And it seems to me you did fine with your eventual move to MB?
                Last edited by RoadRanger; 11-19-2016, 06:12 PM.

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                • #9
                  Perhaps the greatest danger of globalization is that the financial giants begin to dictate global policy and citizens of some countries will be deprived of their traditional revenues,

                  if the giants will not profitable production in a country, then this production will be destroyed, which means that residents lose their money ....
                  Giants decide - or do we live

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                  • #10
                    Hopefully "quality" and great American design will not suffer from this. As well as the consumer.

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                    • Kalina2
                      Kalina2 commented
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                      and how did the "Rust Belt"?

                  • #11
                    Originally posted by RoadRanger View Post
                    I don't see any glaring redundancies such as the Fender/SWR/GB one that resulted from those buyouts? And it seems to me you did fine with your eventual move to MB?
                    Hard to say, a company like Samsung might be looking at some specific brands or technology (and licensing revenue) and spin (or flush) the rest?

                    I ended up ok, so did Jeff and Scott eventually, but there were a lot of really good guys who ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time and that still leaves an unsettling pit in my stomach.
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                    • #12
                      I was under the impression it was the portfolio of OEM automotive products that Samsung was interested in.
                      Harmon had JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Becker, B&O and others in their stable.

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                      • #13
                        FWIW I've gotten good impressions of Samsung products (everyone makes a stinker once in a while) so maybe they'll leave the individual company's/division's R&D folks intact. To take a positive view, this might be a deeper bunch of resources (monetary and otherwise) for the audio companies to draw from. OR as Kalina2 says, this might turn into a turd sandwich for those aforementioned audio companies and those who depend on their excellent service & products.

                        Time will tell.
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