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Loewe files for financial protection

Luxo TV maker in trouble
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And that's despite being German .
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Its not exactly a high street name, tbh id kinda forgotten they existed.
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They tried selling in some John Lewis shops and one TV looked promising so I sent for a brochure for their equivalent to the B&O we were considering . Brochure never arrived but the B&O it was.
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And that's despite being German .
Everyone buys Samsung.
From Phone to TV to Laptop to Microwave to ... to ...
Just wait for the day, when they push the *Mastercontrol* Button and 90% of the world is ruled by korean toasters.
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Were they not distributed by Linn in the UK a number of years back??
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I had a Loewe tele back end of the 80's

An ex demo for about £500 iirc


It was cracking tv till it went pop 10 years later , then it was cheaper to buy a new set than have it repaired.
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Mrs C won one in a competition, must have been about 14 years ago. It was a 29" CRT and cost £1700 It was massive and weighed rather a lot but the picture quality, for the time, was fantastic.
 
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And that's despite being German .
Why would the fact that they are German exempt them from financial trouble ?

It would in appear that the very fact they are German and thus based all their manufacturing there was a major contributory factor.

Never let the truth get in the way of a good stereotype though.
 
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Yes, sticking to domestic production looks like loewes issue. If they did the VW thing of using the benefits of other countries such as the Czech Republic to reduce costs then that would help. B&O just announced they are concentrating their tv production there rather than at home in Denmark after all. As for stereotypes , I have enough practical working experiences of the reality to be able to have an opinion. The effects of our different languages is quite interesting right down to hierarchy where we just address everybody as "you" but they address most work colleagues by surname etc. We have more tentative ,and probably irritating ways of suggesting as opposed to stating things.
Back to Loewe, the interesting possibility is the rumour a while back about an Apple takeover especially considering how bang and olufsen are now producing so many airplay products.

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Why would the fact that they are German exempt them from financial trouble ?

It would in appear that the very fact they are German and thus based all their manufacturing there was a major contributory factor.

Never let the truth get in the way of a good stereotype though.
I'd read that as being a reference to the more general strength of the German economy v the rest of Europe... but maybe that's just me!
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Merger announced with Chinese maker of TVs and domestic stuff who are bringing no money to the deal
UPDATE 2-German TV maker Loewe still seeks investors after Hisense deal
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Premium TVs don't have the same market as they used to
UPDATE 1-Germany's Loewe seeks new investor after group withdraws | Reuters
Loewe investor does not materialise.
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I thought they had a bigger presence in the US.

But Samsung and LuckyGoldstar don't have that cheapo
brand reputation anymore, so they will squeeze out even the
"luxury" brands now.


Anyone remember Grundig? They made good tellies.
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My father had a Grundig TV . It was OK but nothing special, the main advantage was that it had a slimline tube so was a lot thinner than the competition. I had a Beovision LX2800 (also slimline) for over 20 years but when we went digital decided it was time for a change, and ended up with a Panasonic at about one tenth of the price of a new B&O! The speakers are dreadful after the B&O but I just pipe it through the hi-fi if there's something on that warrants it. It's a shame about Loewe but I think these days the difference between top quality brands and mainstream just isn't big enough to warrant the price difference.
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We stayed loyal to B&O and don't regret it. I considered Loewe when replacing our MX but luckily avoided them. Trouble is people are going to have to forget the idea that the old tv will remain modern enough to trade-in . There's a £1300 trade-in at the moment but the dealers probably don't want the old one to resell.
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Nowadays it's all about how big and how slim the set is, stuff actual picture quality. You only have to look at the plasma market to see how cheap large LCD's have killed it off, and even within the plasma market, the likes of Pioneer and Fujitsu were elbowed out by cheaper Samsung and Panasonic units (although the latter still cared about PQ and were/are excellent value for money).
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Shame. They got caught flat footed when LCD sets came in and they never caught up. In the days of CRTs better engineering around decent (Philips?) tubes made a big difference to picture quality and they led the pack. We still use a 32" Aconda as our main set! Going strong since 1998 (when it cost £2.5k), with one new power supply about 7 years ago. It'll stay till it dies, which could be tomorrow, could be years, as the picture is so good.
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Unfortunately the likes of Loewe and B&O don't have enough cash to invest in plasma and now LCD technology, as a result you can spend far less and get better picture quality, so their lost their high end customers.


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