Corsair Acquires Simple Audio Networked Audio Company

Corsair Expands Audio Business with Simple Audio Acquisition

by Anton Shilov
02/12/2013 | 10:13 PM

Corsair, a leading manufacturer of advanced PC components, on Tuesday acquired Simple Audio, a networked audio company based in Scotland, in a multi-million dollar deal. The transaction marks another positive chapter in the Simple Audio story and puts the company in a strong position to extend its reach globally.

 

Simple Audio released its first range of networked audio products and supporting software last year into UK and European markets where the young company quickly built a strong reputation for superior sound quality and exceptional product design. Simple Audio's engineering and product development teams will continue to develop and market the company's range of music streaming products from its offices in Glasgow, Scotland.

"When I started Simple Audio the aim was to make high quality digital music accessible to more people. Now the company is in a much stronger position to make this a reality. Corsair's extensive resources and worldwide distribution infrastructure will undoubtedly help Simple Audio achieve its ambitions, including plans to launch our products in the USA and Asia during 2013. We are delighted to be a part of Corsair and very excited about the future," said Peter Murphy, founder and CEO of Simple Audio.


Simple Audio Roomplayer

Corsair, with half a billion dollars in annual revenue, has built a reputation for designing and manufacturing innovative, high-performance components and peripherals for PC enthusiasts and gamers.

 
Simple Audio Roomplayer

"We have followed Simple Audio as a potential investment opportunity since 2010 and we are extremely impressed by their vision of HD digital music in the post-iPod era. Their high quality, high-performance Roomplayer system demystifies and simplifies the process of playing digital music throughout the home. We believe now is the right time to invest in the fast-growing digital music space and are delighted to help Simple Audio bring their incredible vision into reality and to music lovers around the world," said Andy Paul, the founder and chief executive officer of Corsair.

Simple Audio received investment in the early stages of its growth from the Edinburgh based investor syndicate Par Equity and the Scottish co-investment fund from the Scottish Investment Bank, a division of Scottish Enterprise. This funding was paramount in helping to support the company's product development plans.

 
Simple Audio Roomplayer 2