Sound United, which is the parent company to several AV and audio brands, namely Denon, Polk Audio, Marantz, Definitive Technology, HEOS, Classé, and Boston Acoustics, has announced that it has entered into a preliminary letter of intent to acquire speaker company Bowers & Wilkins. B&W is a manufacturer of precision home speakers, headphones, custom installation products, wireless speakers, and branded audio systems for both the automotive and television markets.

“Over the course of five decades Bowers & Wilkins built one of the most prestigious brands in the global speaker market with industry-leading acoustical engineering, iconic design and marketing,” said Kevin Duffy, CEO at Sound United. “B&W is a transformative brand and we look forward to the opportunity to finalize the transaction. This reflects Sound United’s unwavering focus to achieve its mission of bringing joy to the world through sound.”

The proposed transaction remains subject to ongoing discussions, confirmatory diligence, regulatory approvals, and other required consents. Sound United and Bowers & Wilkins will release further updates in relation to the status of the proposed transaction at the appropriate time.

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Martin Dew



Bounded In a Nutshell
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Jun 20, 2000
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John, in my opinion, speakers require a certain passion to design well. It's not a bean-counter type of product.

Kevin Alexander

Apr 17, 1999
I hope this doesn't go through. Way too much consolidation in this market already, and was very happy when Sound United backed out of acquiring Onkyo/Pioneer brands.
I hope that backing out of a deal with Onkyo didn't harm Onkyo to where all we are left with is Denon and marantz being roughly half of our options at receivers.