Canada’s The Lenbrook Group announced today that it has spun off its digital media and content-related businesses as a separate unit, independent of its hardware brands. The new unit will be known as The Lenbrook Media Group and is to be headed by former MQA Ltd. CEO Mike Jbara.
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As most readers of Strata-gee likely know, Lenbrook Group is the parent company of some very well-respected audiophile brands, such as NAD Electronics, PSB speakers, Bluesound, and the BluOS hi-resolution multiroom digital distribution system. Recently, I reported that the company had acquired the assets of MQA Ltd, adding to its content distribution business.
Now the company says it will spin out the content side of its business from its hardware brands. The move to separate The Lenbrook Media Group from its other businesses will allow it to more effectively pursue the commercialization and development of its content management solutions as well as to pursue new opportunities resident in this non-hardware realm.
A Glimpse of How The Company will Integrate MQA & SCL6 into Its Portfolio
The announcement from the company also gives a glimpse of how it intends to include MQA and SCL6 technology in the greater Lenbrook ecosystem. “With BluOS content management platform at its core, this group will also oversee the growth of content encoding solutions MQA and SCL6 which Lenbrook acquired in the autumn of 2023.”
The acquisition of MQA’s assets complemented our existing BluOS platform and supports creators in the recording studio with capturing and delivering directly and in the highest quality, their art into the homes of music lovers. Creating the Lenbrook Media Group allows us to fully capitalize on this unique position by giving it focus, and putting the right strategies, structure, and resources in place,”Gord Simmonds, President and CEO of The Lenbrook Group of Companies
Former MQA CEO Mike Jbarra to Head Lenbrook Media Group
As part of this new organization, the company also announced that former MQA CEO Mike Jbara was appointed as Vice-President and General Manager of this new Lenbrook Media Group division.
Once you combine Lenbrook’s vision for advancing choice and innovation in the performance audio industry with the assembly of some of the best minds in audio hardware and software engineering, it results in substantive opportunity to empower creators, distributors, fans, and broadcasters in addition to hardware manufacturers. It is an exciting list of possibilities that we believe will benefit both the music and the specialty audio industriesMike Jbara, Vice-President and General Manager of Lenbrook Media Group
Not an Illogical Decision
This is not an illogical decision by Lenbrook. The fact is, the fundamentals between the drivers of its hardware side are completely different than the drivers of its content side. With the addition of MQA and SCL6 to its existing BluOS business, this likely tipped the scale making it more logical to split off the media side and create two divisions, each intently focused on the operations and opportunities of these separate businesses.
On top of that, now that Lenbrook is in charge of MQA, Ltd., which still has a licensing business, it very likely created a bit of consternation among other MQA licensees, many of whom are competitors to Lenbrook brands. By creating a separate company and separate management, any potential conflict of interest is minimized.
MQA with BluOS – An End-to-End Digital Content Creation and Delivery Solution
By acquiring MQA, Lenbrook believes that by combining it with its existing BluOS digital multiroom delivery system, it now possesses a superior end-to-end digital content creation and delivery solution that gives it a substantial competitive edge. In specialty audio, a compelling differentiation is the name of the game.
Lenbrook Media Group executives Mike Jbarra and Andy Dowell (Head of Licensing) will be attending CES 2024 in Las Vegas from January 9-12, 2024. They are available to meet with attendees (appointment recommended) to discuss licensing, integration, and other opportunities.
To learn more about Lenbrook, visit lenbrook.com.