DPA Microphones has acquired Sound Network, the UK pro-audio distributor with whom it has had a close relationship for more than 20 years.
Established by Pete Wandless and Ralph Dunlop, Sound Network has been key to DPA’s success in the UK, according to the company, particularly in the broadcast, live sound and theater markets.
DPA’s decision to acquire Sound Network came after Wandless and Dunlop announced their intention to retire from the business, which they had founded in 1994.
“Sound Network has been a marvelous ambassador for DPA for many years and has invested heavily in the brand,” Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, DPA’s CEO, said. “By acquiring the business, we can maintain our close cooperation with the company and build on the strong relationships Sound Network already has with our UK dealers and customers. Sound Network has a large range of prestigious customers, including most of the West End theaters that are influential beyond the borders of the UK. We will now be much closer to these important customers and that will give us even more insight into the environment in which our microphones are being used.”
For Ralph Dunlop and Pete Wandless, the decision to part from Sound Network was not taken lightly, but both believe DPA’s acquisition is a sign of progress for the company.
“This acquisition secures the longevity of the company Pete and I built together, and for the most fantastic team that exists within it,” Ralph Dunlop said. “It will offer greater opportunities for those involved, on both sides, and I am convinced its future is in safe hands. The years catch up with you, and the time has come for us to hand the baton to a new generation of innovators. Pete and I have no regrets and many, many, happy memories, some of which cannot be repeated. We wish our dedicated team and the new owners all the success in the future.”
On a day-to-day level, the acquisition means business as usual because all of Sound Network’s staff will remain with the company in their usual roles. The company name will also continue, as will its distribution arrangements with other manufacturers such as Sony Pro Audio, Meris, Bubblebee Industries, Quested Monitors, Smart Research and China Cones.