Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (“SIE”) has revealed its recent agreement to acquire Audeze, a prominent audio technology brand renowned for its high-end gaming headphones. This strategic acquisition underscores SIE’s commitment to advancing the auditory experience in PlayStation gaming. Audeze will maintain its operational independence and pursue the development of multi-platform products while enjoying the benefits of integration within the PlayStation ecosystem.
Headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., Audeze specializes in crafting award-winning headphones for the professional audio, audiophile, and gaming sectors. Leveraging Audeze’s patented technologies and distinctive planar magnetic drivers, these headphones offer an exceptional sound encounter for both consumers and recording experts, including sound engineers at numerous game development studios. Audeze proudly designs and manufactures its planar magnetic drivers and professional headphones at its California-based facility.
Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President of Platform Experience at Sony Interactive Entertainment, emphasized, “Audeze holds a preeminent position in the headphone domain, and this acquisition underscores Sony Interactive’s dedication to innovation and furnishing unparalleled audio experiences to PlayStation enthusiasts.” Nishino further expressed enthusiasm for incorporating Audeze’s expertise into the PlayStation ecosystem, building upon the advancements made with PlayStation 5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech and the Pulse 3D wireless headset.
Sankar Thiagasamudram, CEO of Audeze, also expressed excitement about the partnership, highlighting the exceptional opportunity Sony Interactive provides to expand their business. Thiagasamudram emphasized Audeze’s ongoing mission to deliver top-tier headphones to recording professionals, audiophiles, and gamers alike. He additionally expressed eagerness to contribute to Sony Interactive’s endeavors in elevating the realm of PlayStation audio experiences to new heights.