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Pioneer's woes echo those of earlier Japanese audio legends

What became of Sansui, Nakamichi, and Akai?

Nostalgia for the golden years of radio: An early 2000s revival of the vacuum tube in a car stereo from Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Pioneer, an ailing company that was once among Japan's best known makers of audio equipment, offers a case study in the difficulties faced by audio brands that flourished in the analog era.

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