Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:41

Gibson+Onkyo=interesting prospects for audiophiles

The recent announcement of Gibson Guitar’s heavy investment in Onkyo Japan and effective takeover of Onkyo USA, could be good news for audio fans and music lovers.  The tie-in between the instrument maker and the audio company will mostly be through Gibson’s Pro Audio division.  Up until now, Gibson Pro Audio has consisted of Stanton (DJ turntables, phono cartridges),  KRK Systems (studio monitors, headphones), and Cerwin-Vega (loudspeakers).  The obviously missing category is audio electronics.  Onkyo can complete the Gibson Pro line.

I had no idea, by the way, that Gibson had taken over Stanton and Cerwin-Vega.  The latter seemed simply to have disappeared.  The former clearly had repositioned itself as a DJ-oriented company, but a quick visit to the Stanton website disclosed that the venerable 681EEE cartridge is still produced, now in a MK III version.  I used one many years ago and recall it as satisfyingly musical.


Maybe in a year or so we’ll see a new Onkyo home audio turntable derived from Stanton’s excellent DJ line and tricked out with a Stanton 681EEE.



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