Some of our favorite audio manufacturers may be panic buying AKM semiconductors after a fire destroyed a key factory in Nobeoka City, Japan. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but the fire that raged for three straight days has taken manufacture of AKM DACs and other important components completely offline for at least six months.\n\nMore bad news for audio arrived just months after another devastating fire took out the Apollo Masters lacquer plant in California, leaving fans of analog vinyl without the source for some 75% of the world's lacquer masters, creating delays in new vinyl releases and scheduled reprints of older albums. This time, fire attacked the digital realm via the source for nearly half of the DACs, ADPs and other audio processing chips used in higher-end consumer hi-fi and pro-audio components. To say 2020 has been a bad year is an understatement, but it's been especially tough on audio. You'd think we were living through some kind-of cosmic imbalance, amid a plague that has changed everything, fire seems determined to destroy music. I know, I know, things can always get worse. But I say we ought to be watching out for any meteors moving into our solar system, at least for the next couple of months.\n\nHere's the full story, we included responses & fallout we're seeing from the accident in consumer and pro-audio industries:\nFire Destroys AKM Audio Chip Factory: Can 2020 Get Any Worse?