's acquisition by Directed Electronics
is the latest in a series of shifts among the audio industry's rich assortment of stars. Directed—a power in mobile tech products, judging from its website—had already acquired Definitive Technology
. In another noteworthy deal, Klipsch
, the Canadian giant whose brand names include Mirage
, and Spherex
. Klipsch is also the proud new owner of Jamo
, the cool Danish brand. And all this comes on top of last year's sale of Boston Acoustics
to D&M Holdings
—a stable that already included Denon
, and RePlayTV
's move from the Rockford Corp.
to the Vinci Group
. Why are so many potent and prestigious brands changing hands? It feels as though some invisible hand were rearranging the constellations, and declining audio-component sales are the obvious suspect. But historically, major speaker brands (with the notable exception of Bose
) have been sold and resold regularly, and all the brand names involved here are valuable ones that deserve fresh and vigorous marketing.