The critically acclaimed loudspeaker that introduced Sonic Vortex technology to the custom installation industry in 2014 has been acquired by Illinois-based Vanco International, a direct manufacturer and distributor of branded A/V products and accessories for half a century. The specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Vanco is committed to providing products of the highest quality and reliability that are designed with A/V integrators in mind, Beale Street and Sonic Vortex fit right in with our mold,” says Mark Corbin, Vanco’s vice president of distribution markets. “We are now able to offer a truly unique speaker line that elevates performance to our distribution partners. It is unlike any architectural speaker in the market.”
Beale Street Audio gained a following in the market very quickly on the basis of its unique Sonic Vortex Technology, created by Jim Murray.
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In a nutshell, the technology uses unique design to wrap the long air ports in the speaker’s internal cavity of the enclosure. It equates to a “complex simplicity” that took years to develop. The result is deep bass reproduction, wide soundfield dispersion and clarity. The back-box design also creates sound consistency for which other architectural speakers that are open inside the wall cavity are hard pressed to re-create due to wires, PVC conduit or other obstructions.
The product line includes in-walls, in-ceilings, LCRs and subwoofers, including a unique in-ceiling sub. MSRPs for the Beale Street Audio line range from $199 to $349 for various speakers.
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The linecard also includes brackets, 70V series speakers, amplifiers and volume controls. Corbin says a new floorstanding subwoofer will be an immediate addition to the line, with towers and other floorstanding speakers to come down the road.