Danish manufacturer DPA Microphones has acquired Sound Network, its UK pro audio distributor for more than 20 years.
Established by Pete Wandless and Ralph Dunlop, Sound Network has been key to DPA’s UK business in broadcast, live sound and theatre markets where DPA’s high quality microphone solutions are regularly used on prestigious live shows and productions.
DPA’s decision to acquire Sound Network came after Wandless and Dunlop announced their intention to retire from the business they had founded in 1994.
“This acquisition secures the longevity of the company Pete and I built together, and for the most fantastic team that exists within it,” Dunlop said. “It will offer greater opportunities for those involved, on both sides, and I am convinced its future is in safe hands. *We wish our dedicated team and the new owners all the success in the future, convinced the company will take microphone technology and education to new heights.”
All of Sound Network’s staff will remain with the company in their usual roles. The company name will also continue, as will its distribution arrangements with other manufacturers such as Sony Pro Audio, Meris, Bubblebee Industries, Quested Monitors, Smart Research and China Cones.
Sound Network’s sales and marketing director Adam Pierce will now head up the company and report directly to DPA’s EVP of Sales Nikolaj Forsberg.
He commented: “Sound Network has aligned itself with DPA’s philosophy since its inception, so this is the next logical step for both companies to continue their growth and ambitions in the UK market. Sound Network’s reputation for high level service and expertise will only be strengthened by a closer partnership with DPA Microphones and while it is ‘business as usual’, our customers and our other manufacture partners will definitely benefit from this move. DPA have always inspired us as a brand, through its incredible product portfolio and its people, so we are delighted to become part of the family.”
“Sound Network has been a marvellous ambassador for DPA for many years and has invested heavily in the brand,” said DPA’s CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen. “By acquiring the business, we can maintain our close cooperation with the company and build on the strong relationships Sound Network already has with our all-important UK dealers and customers. Sound Network has a large range of prestigious customers, including most of the West End theatres that are influential beyond the borders of the UK. We will now be much closer to these important customers and that will give us even more insight into the environment in which our microphones are being used.”