I read your post, in its entirety, and addressed it as how it came across.I think you might want to re-read my posting.
I was specifically addressing that last bit, which implies a reduction in quality because of the acquisition/merger. If that's not what you meant, you may what to revise your phrasing 🤷♂️I specifically stated "Not to say they are bad nowadays, but they now belong to "Sound United LLC" /////// I'll let you guess where the quality stands now".
Introducing a more budget-oriented product line or lines does not reduce overall quality, which is how your take reads. It's quite common for brands like these to produce some down-market product lines in order to capitalize on the prestige of the brand and increase sales volume. Porsche now sells SUV's for example, that doesn't make the 911 a lesser car than it was before.It is well known that mergers like this, as you described yourself, usually introduce a lower quality item.
What part of FIAT or Chrysler were a premium brand? Are we harking back to the days when Chrysler owned Lamborghini? I used automotive examples that aligned with B&W's positioning and were acquired by larger brands that catered to a broader, typically more down-market, audience.As for your examples, perhaps Fiat/Chrysler should be included in your reply, as well?
To perhaps be more clear: Nothing I've seen out of B&W since the acquisition has caused me to reconsider their positioning or perception of producing top-shelf products. Yes, they introduced the 600 and 700-series, but these have been well received and B&W produced lower tier speakers on and off when they were independent, while their flagship lines remained some of the best on the market and that's still the case.
I was disappointed when Paradigm started producing their lower tier speakers in China, but they've also been well reviewed and they continued to produce their higher tier lines here in Canada.