Sony Jumps on the Retro Bandwagon

Sony Jumps on the Retro Bandwagon

Anthony Nguyen
Apr 1, 2011

The retro trend is spreading like wildfire and manufacturers are definitely listening (a.k.a. cashing in). But not only will this change how products are viewed and stylized, it also changes the type of features these products will/won't have. So, for those of you who have been around long enough to witness this backtrack in tech-novation, we're curious: Is this trend a good or a bad thing?

While Sony's recently released DAB clock radio (seen above) is certainly sexy in nature, the embedded features also offers support for upcoming digital audio broadcasting stations (that's what DAB stands for, if you didn't catch it) in addition the standard FM radio. In other words, some manufacturers are future-proofing tech in addition the retro shine.

Meanwhile, the other trend we're seeing is the removal of "bulk" features and breaking down tech into smaller components. Such an approach is Onkyo's new HiFi line where they literally split the amp and the pre-amp, as well as power components into separate, higher quality parts. Another example is Eskuche's plain and simple headphones which push for quality rather than quantity. In this direction, perhaps less is more?

The best part is that we're no longer getting cheap tech made of glossy pieces of plastic. These new products are slightly pricier, but offer a considerate attentiveness to sustainable tech design. The carefully trimmed chrome and wood are merely an added plus!

What do you guys think of the retro trend? Is it too early to call? Too much to handle? Let us know what you think!

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