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Sony Interactive Entertainment to acquire headphones manufacturer Audeze

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC has agreed to acquire Audeze, a leading audio technology brand and pioneer of high-end gaming headphones. The acquisition will strengthen the company’s efforts to continue innovating regarding the audio experience of PlayStation games.

Based in Santa Ana, Calif., Audeze develops award-winning headphones for the professional audio, audiophile, and gaming markets. These headphones use Audeze’s patented technologies and unique planar magnetic drivers to deliver an outstanding sound experience for consumers and recording professionals, including sound engineers at many game development studios. Audeze designs and manufactures its planar magnetic drivers and professional headphones in its California facility.

Audeze will operate independently and develop multi-platform products while benefiting from being a part of the PlayStation ecosystem. Terms of the acquisition, including the cost, are not disclosed due to contractual commitments.

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Earlier this week, Sony unveiled details of its PlayStation-branded wireless earbuds and headset, the PULSE Explore and the PULSE Elite. Both products “will be the first PlayStation audio devices to use custom-designed planar magnetic drivers for an audiophile-level listening experience normally found in premium headphones for professional sound engineers.” according to Sony’s Hideaki Nishino in a blog post. Testimony that the acquisition has been in the works for some time.

Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

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