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    Default Ex-Sony CEO Norio Ohga dies at 81.... (read on)

    Led the development of the Compact Disc, MiniDisc, SACD, the purchase of Columbia Pictures, and Sony's push into videogames....

    Norio Ohga, one of the handful of men who shaped Sony into the global consumer electronics giant that it is today, died on Saturday morning in Tokyo at the age of 81, Sony said.

    In 1959 he traveled to the U.S. on a business trip with Sony founder Akio Morita. It was during that trip that Morita persuaded Ohga to join Sony full-time, telling him, "You were born to be a businessman."

    Ohga's love of music and keen ear for quality audio would define his career and play a key role in Sony's establishment as a leading name in the audio industry.

    After joining the company, he headed its tape recorder division and it was Ohga's desire to listen to music while he walked -- so the story goes -- that led to engineers developing the Walkman.

    But perhaps Ohga's biggest contribution to Sony came in 1980, when he led a team exploring technologies to replace analog audio cassettes. The team, working with Philips, developed the Compact Disc and changed the way the world enjoyed pre-recorded music.

    Sony's first CD player was introduced to the world in October 1982 by Ohga, a month after he became president of Sony. He went on to push development of other audio formats including the MiniDisc and Super Audio CD, but both failed to match the popularity of the CD.

    Ohga added CEO to his title in 1989 and led Sony through its expansion into the gaming business and the introduction of the PlayStation.

    He became chairman and CEO in 1995, and was chairman from 2000 until his retirement in 2003.

    Sony's current CEO, Howard Stringer, paid tribute to Ohga in a statement.

    "When I first joined Sony in 1997, Ohga-san was serving on the frontlines of Sony management as Chairman and CEO," said Stringer. "His numerous and successful endeavors were well-known both inside and outside of Sony. Witnessing Ohga-san's leadership firsthand was truly an honor, and one I continued to enjoy and benefit from in countless ways in the years that followed."

    Stringer also touched upon the work Ohga did to expand Sony beyond the hardware business. Ohga established CBS/Sony Records as Japan's largest record company and later led the acquisitions of CBS Records (now Sony Music Entertainment) in 1988 and Columbia Pictures Entertainment (now Sony Pictures Entertainment) in 1989.

    "By redefining Sony as a company encompassing both hardware and software, Ohga-san succeeded where other Japanese companies failed. It is no exaggeration to attribute Sony's evolution beyond audio and video products into music, movies and games, and subsequent transformation into a global entertainment leader to Ohga-san's foresight and vision," Stringer said.

    Ohga played an important role in the wider world of Japanese business, serving on major industry groups and trade bodies, and was active in Japan's classical music scene. He was appointed chairman of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999.
    RIP - the world has had more fun because of your vision

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    Truly a man with a vision, RIP.

    Had he not retired in 2003 I believe his (Sony's) original plan to replace its entire catalog with hybrid SACD's would have come to fruition.
    'Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

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    I had that first CD player. The CDP-101
    Polk Audio SDA SRS 1.2TL's
    With new Exotic wood, Sonicaps, Mills & RDO198's - Born on 4-24-1989 and Signed by Matthew Polk!!!!

    My Polk SDA SRS 1.2TL's

    It All Started here:

    Part Deux:

    Car Stereo----><---- NEW for 2013

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    I bought my first " Trinitron" in 1972,it was still going strong in 1997 when I gave it away just before moving from Los Angeles to Carmel. As one can see from my " signature" I am still a " Sony guy".
    Emotiva XPA5, Sony ES 5300, Lsi 15,s LSIC, Monitor 70,s, ( side surrounds) FXI 3,s, (rear surrounds)Micropro4000, Velodyne DEQ 10, Sony 46 inch XBR 5, Sony BDP 770 Bedroom rig SonyES 3200 RTIA1,s CSIA4 FXI3,s polk PSW 10 SONY 34inch XBR960SONY BDP550

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