CEDIA 2019: Soundbars Here…Soundbars There…Soundbars Everywhere

The assimilation of the custom integration industry by the once-reviled, now embraced soundbar is almost complete. And on the advent of another CEDIA Expo, yet another round of announcements of new soundbar products came rolling out. While this fact is … Continue reading

Sound United to Acquire Onkyo’s Audio Division

We seem to be in a week of big deals. First, we learned that SnapAV had acquired Control4, then we learned that the original founder of Paradigm has acquired back the Paradigm, Anthem, and Martin Logan brands from the private … Continue reading

Classé Rises Again as Part of Sound United

Sound United announced yesterday it had completed the acquisition of shuttered high-end brand Classé Audio from former owner Bowers & Wilkins. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The announcement confirms the deal of which Strata-gee reported last month when Sound … Continue reading

Sonos to Seek Injunction to Stop HEOS Sales of ‘Infringing Technology’

BREAKING NEWS Case May Have Major Impact on Wireless Speaker Business As we recently reported, a federal jury gave Sonos a sweeping victory in the first “bellwether trial” in Sonos Inc. v. D&M Holdings Inc. et al, siding with Sonos … Continue reading

Verdict: ‘Denon Directly Infringed’ on Sonos Patents

BREAKING NEWS Jury Finds for Sonos on All Counts; Denon Claims of Invalidity Vanquished Last Friday, after a full week of testimony, evidence, deposition playbacks, and attorney posturing, members of the jury listened closely as Judge William C. Bryson delivered … Continue reading

Surprise! Sound United Makes Bid to Acquire Classé

BREAKING NEWS Will High-End Classé Represent Sound United’s Crown Jewel? Just when you thought it was all over, Strata-gee has learned that a new suitor – Vista, CA-based Sound United – has emerged to make a bid to acquire Classé … Continue reading

Long Simmering Sonos vs. D&M Lawsuit is Now Boiling Over

Trial is Next Week; Sonos Makes Big Mistake Ever since Sonos filed their patent infringement case against D&M Holdings – in reference to its then new HEOS line – things started out like the opening salvo in a boxing match. … Continue reading

D+M Group Sold From One PE Company to Another

We learned Wednesday that private equity powerhouse Bain Capital has apparently found a buyer for D+M Group, selling it off to another private equity company – Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners. CCP is the owner of DEI Holdings, a division of … Continue reading