Wednesday, February 13th 2013

Corsair Acquires Simple Audio

Simple Audio, a networked audio company based in Scotland, today announced that it has been acquired by leading US-based PC enthusiast hardware company Corsair in a multi-million dollar deal. The deal marks another positive chapter in the Simple Audio story and puts the company in a strong position to extend its reach globally.

Simple Audio's world-class 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. Simple Audio released its first range of networked audio products last year into UK and European markets where the young company quickly built a strong reputation for superior sound quality and exceptional product design.

"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're delighted to be a part of Corsair and very excited about the future," said Peter Murphy, Founder and CEO of Simple Audio.

"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're delighted to be a part of Corsair and very excited about the future," he added.

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

"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, President and CEO 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.
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12 Comments on Corsair Acquires Simple Audio

#1
Fourstaff
Corsair trying to be the next do it all shop?
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#2
Solidstate89
All they need now is to start making motherboards, and become a GPU AIB partner and you could conceivably build an all Corsair desktop.

-Corsair Case
-Corsair SSD
-Corsair CPU cooler
-Corsair PSU
-Corsair RAM
-Corsair Fans
-Corsair Keyboard
-Corsair Mouse
-Corsair Headset
-Corsair External HDD

Seriously, it's getting a little ridiculous. :laugh:
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#3
EzioAs
by: Solidstate89
All they need now is to start making motherboards, and become a GPU AIB partner and you could conceivably build an all Corsair desktop.

-Corsair Case
-Corsair SSD
-Corsair CPU cooler
-Corsair PSU
-Corsair RAM
-Corsair Fans
-Corsair Keyboard
-Corsair Mouse
-Corsair Headset
-Corsair External HDD

Seriously, it's getting a littld ridiculous. :laugh:
To be honest, I don't think it's ridiculous. Most of their products are good, the warranty service is great and they really do take customer feedback seriously. Granted, they're sometimes a bit more expensive but I still think their prices are competitive.
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#4
Edgarstrong
I hope corsair starts making audiophile quality PC speakers at some point. Having to constantly rely on huge stereo amps for all my builds is a bit annoying, and the only company making good quality PC speakers I know of (MA) has tooh high of a failure rate in their products.
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#5
SaltyFish
by: Solidstate89
All they need now is to start making motherboards, and become a GPU AIB partner and you could conceivably build an all Corsair desktop.

-Corsair Case
-Corsair SSD
-Corsair CPU cooler
-Corsair PSU
-Corsair RAM
-Corsair Fans
-Corsair Keyboard
-Corsair Mouse
-Corsair Headset
-Corsair External HDD

Seriously, it's getting a little ridiculous. :laugh:
You forgot the part where they'll get into the CPU manufacturing business. :laugh:

Add in a monitor, and they could be starting a pre-built computer division targeted towards gamers like Alienware.

Corsair's also been expanding quite a bit. Their keyboard, mouse, and headset offerings aren't much at the moment but they bought out Raptor Gaming. Didn't Corsair plan on taking the company public? If so, might be trying to boost their value before IPO comes.
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#6
james888
Corsair should start making budget 1440/1600p monitors to compete with those korean ones. DON"T TELL ME IT IS WISHFULL THINKING!
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#7
Fourstaff
by: james888
Corsair should start making budget 1440/1600p monitors to compete with those korean ones. DON"T TELL ME IT IS WISHFULL THINKING!
If you consider Corsair's track record in pricing it will end up about the price of an equivalent Dell, maybe slightly cheaper. Sorry to burst your bubble :p
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#8
suraswami
by: Solidstate89
All they need now is to start making motherboards, and become a GPU AIB partner and you could conceivably build an all Corsair desktop.

-Corsair Case
-Corsair SSD
-Corsair CPU cooler
-Corsair PSU
-Corsair RAM
-Corsair Fans
-Corsair Keyboard
-Corsair Mouse
-Corsair Headset
-Corsair External HDD

Seriously, it's getting a little ridiculous. :laugh:
Nah, just get us CorsairPad, thats the future :rockout:
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#9
Jetster
We heard you like Corsair. So we put Corsair in your Corsair by Corsair
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#11
Kantastic
Good, they're speakers are complete garbage. Maybe this will improve the quality of their audio products.
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#12
[H]@RD5TUFF
Hmmm, not sure if this is good or bad, as IMO simple audio didn't make anything of great quality, perhaps it was just for some patents.
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