Harman has acquired privately-held Duran Audio. The acquisition provides Harman with access to electro-acoustic and software-based directivity control technologies including the AXYS Intellivox line of ‘steerable’ columns. The AXYS products and core technologies will become an integrated part of the Harman Professional audio product line.
“Today’s acquisition of Duran Audio bolsters Harman’s stated commitment to advance our technology leadership through both R&D and acquisitions,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer. “Over the years, Duran Audio has established a distinct and loyal customer base built on innovative technology. By leveraging Duran’s unique product lines with Harman’s global footprint and product synergies, our business is optimally positioned to serve new customers around the world with expanded audio solutions.”
Echoing this viewpoint, 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.”