Inside the Gibson/Onkyo Marriage

Onkyo’s Munenori Otsuki and Gibson’s Henry Juszkiewicz look forward to developing new products as a team.
Partnership could produce headphone line, mobile drivers, high-bit streaming

Under the new partnership, Otsuki is interested in developing drivers for the iOS and Android mobile platforms that will improve the playback bit rate and “change the consumer music experience,” he said. The partners said they might also begin exploring the development of a high-bit music streaming service in the U.S. But that won’t happen anytime soon.

“There’s a music streaming service in Japan that streams in 24-bit 96 kHz; full professional quality that goes directly to receivers, so you get this incredible quality,” Juszkiewicz said. “They have a bunch of stuff only in Japan that should really be everywhere. In order to do that, you have to have all these pieces in place. I think we’d be able to pull that off worldwide, although it would take awhile.”

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