Harman, parent of loudspeaker giant JBL, has today announced the acquisition of privately-held “beam-steering” specialist Duran Audio BV of the Netherlands.
The acquisition supplies Harman with access to electro-acoustic and software-based directivity control technologies such as the successful AXYS Intellivox line of “steerable” columns (pictured). The AXYS products and core technologies will become an integrated part of the Harman Professional audio product line.
The news comes just nine months after Harman demonstrated an active commitment to growing through acquisition – across a number of geographic and vertical markets – by buying lighting giant Martin Professional.
Gerrit Duran, founder of Duran Audio noted, “Our focus has always been on innovation. Over the years we have developed a range of solutions for some of the most difficult problems facing sound system designers, architects and acoustic engineers. Today’s acquisition by Harman presents many wonderful opportunities to push the R&D boundaries even further and to deliver some truly unique technologies to a wider customer base.”
Founded in Zaltbommel, The Netherlands by Gerrit Duran in 1981, Duran Audio has earned a strong reputation for its AXYS range of professional audio products including loudspeakers, amplifiers, signal processors and network devices. Duran Audio pioneered modern loudspeaker “beam steering” and “beam shaping” which are essential to addressing demanding acoustic environments. The company has also established a leading position in audio solutions for European EN-54 safety applications and software technologies for audio design.