The announcement sees Cambridge, UK-based Prism Sound take a step into the fast-growing home media server business.
The company has acquired “certain assets” of Imerge Ltd, which was formerly affiliated with California-based Linear LLC.
Imerge brands will continue with current production as well as new product development under the ownership of Prism Sound. Customer support will be maintained for all former customers of Imerge Ltd, including OEM partners Elan, Speakercraft, Xantech and Revox. Prism Sound has retained key members of the former Imerge team in research and development, production, customer support and sales, while finance and marketing will be resourced from the Prism Sound team.
Key products in the Imerge range include the MS1-HD Blu-ray media server, the MusicM8 audio server unit, and the XIVA range of hardware and software accessories.
Ian Dennis, chief technical officer at Prism Sound, commented: “Imerge is a fine example of outstanding technical innovation in the UK and we are proud to take over the baton. We will be concentrating on maintaining the impressive record Imerge has built with innovation in the fast-changing home entertainment market.”
Graham Boswell, director of sales & marketing at Prism Sound, added: “Imerge is one of the world's premier brands of movie and music-focussed entertainment servers, making it simple for users to acquire, store and replay their content with maximum fidelity and minimum fuss. Our challenge is to tell the story to a global audience and to make the product accessible to new markets. We will be extending the former distribution structure into new and untapped markets in the coming months.”
Grant Rummell, chairman & CEO of Linear LLC, commented: “We are delighted at being able to complete this sale to Prism Sound and to ensure on-going support for our former customers. Imerge was part of the Linear family for a number of years and we wish them well for the future.”