Essential Install August 2017 - Page 9

Essential Install | News News Desk A Full To Bursting Smart Building Bonanza Savant says acquisition will expand the company’s pro audio offering Savant Acquires Artison Automation brand Savant has acquired the audio brand Artison, a producer of high performance whole house audio and home theatre solutions. The acquisition enables Savant to leverage Artison’s key patents and audio engineering expertise toward future innovative entertainment technologies. This latest buy underlines a strong current trend for companies involved in the automation and AV space to merge, not just for the brand value each participant can bring, but the technical know-how within each organisation offering big benefits as AV and automation, not to mention IT, continue to merge. Artison holds a number of patents related to advanced speaker technologies and is also scheduled to release a unique, compact multi- channel amplifier technology later this year. It currently offers a full line of specialty loudspeakers with customisable grills including sound bars, subwoofers and surrounds for home theatre applications. The products in the UK are supported and distributed by Redline Distribution and speaking exclusively to EI, Vincent Warner, audio service manager at Redline, says that he has been reliably informed (by Cary Christie) that the arrangement will stay the same as the company has long experience with the brand and will remain the ‘go to guys’ in the UK. Where similar arrangements exist in the rest of Europe, the status quo seems likely to be maintained there as well. Savant says the acquisition will expand the company’s pro audio offering allowing integrators to deliver audio over IP solutions. “With Savant and Artison working cohesively together, we will unveil exciting new products engineered specifically for the luxury home and commercial markets,” says Savant CEO Robert Madonna. “As the demand for premium home entertainment solutions continues to climb, we will now have the capacity to offer best-in-class audio solutions as part of the Savant connected home experience.” Savant +1 (727) 258-4770, savant.com August 2017 | 7