Burkhardt Buys Wireless Audio Brand Soundcast

February 25, 2013
Soundcast Systems, developer and manufacturer of high-performance wireless music systems, has been purchased by CE industry veteran Jeremy Burkhardt. Burkhardt was the CEO of SpeakerCraft, the manufacturer of architectural audio and electronic products, until he resigned in May 2012.
 Jeremy Burkhardt
Jeremy Burkhardt.

For an in-depth interview regarding the transaction by Residential Systems editor Jeremy Glowacki, click here

“Soundcast is an innovative, engineering driven company and one of the first to deliver high-performance working wireless technology and portable outdoor speakers,” Burkhardt said. “The unique opportunity lays in the fact that it’s a company with proven cutting-edge wireless, DSP, and amplifier technologies with multiple patents under its belt. They’ve lacked the capital resources to grow the business with more products, marketing and field training initiatives that are necessary for its dealers.”

Burkhardt’s longtime business partner Jeff Francisco, will be taking on the role of CTO.

“Soundcast already has a great management and sales team in place, but together we will make a great team even better by adding our collective strengths along with the financial resources I can deliver to the company,” Burkhardt added. “With our added people and resources we will strengthen our customer service, technical support, product time-to-market and new product innovations.”

The company will maintain business with its current management, sales, and operations teams from its headquarters in Chula Vista, CA. They will also continue their work with Oscar Ciornei as head of business development.

Expansion plans are in the works for larger headquarters facilities and staffing, according to the company.

Soundcast’s current president Mike Weaver, will continue in that role, as well.
SoundCast OutCast SoundCast SpeakerCast 
OutCast wireless outdoor speaker system. The SoundCast SpeakerCast.
“Jeremy brings a powerful combination of vision, experience, and fervor to Soundcast,” Weave said. “All that plus a combination of new products and more ways to use existing platforms to grow with our channel partners. I am excited to work alongside Jeremy, our leadership team, and network of global partners to rapidly grow Soundcast to new heights.”

The company plans to accelerate the development of new products that best fit the needs of the “modern connected world,” specifically anything involving a smartphone or tablet device. New models are slated for 2013 and 2014.

The company also promises to aggressively protect the intellectual property of its patented wireless audio, digital amplification and proprietary high-performance battery technologies.

Want to read more stories like this?
Get our Free Newsletter Here!


Photo GalleriesMore Galleries >
Doug Henderson and Joe Atkins

Doug Henderson (left) president of Bowers & Wilkins Group North America, and Joe Atkins, Bowers & Wilkins global CEO, invited consumer and t...

BMWs, McLarens, and Volvos

Upon arrival, guests experienced Bowers & Wilkins Automotive products in BMW, McLaren, and Volvo cars (the Maserati wasn’t available...

Demo'ing the McLaren

Bowers & Wilkins North America president Doug Henderson show demonstrates how to open the door on the McLaren.

B&W Speakers in the McLaren

Bowers & Wilkins speakers in the McLaren.

B&W Vintage Living Room

Bowers & Wilkins North America president Doug Henderson shows off the company’s vintage living room space, which featured vintage ge...

The B&W LP Collection

Part of the Bowers & Wilkins vintage living room space is this collection of LP covers that represent a seminal album from each of the com...

The B&W Museum

Bowers & Wilkins had to purchase much of the gear in its museum because most discontinued products were not kept over the last 50 years.

The Wisdom of John Bowers

Words to live by from Bowers & Wilkins founder John Bowers

The History of B&W

A timeline of Bowers & Wilkins’ product and company history

Andy Kerr and Martial Rousseau

Senior product manager Andy Kerr and head of research Martial Rousseau from the U.K. Bowers & Wilkins office. They were showing off the ne...

Turbine Head

  The turbine head for the 800 D3 houses the mid-range speakers.

Andy Kerr

Senior product manager Andy Kerr holds up the very heavy solid-body turbine head.

Historical Flagship Products

A look at the company’s flagship products through its 50-year history

The Legendary Diamond Tweeter Dome

To show off the company’s legendary diamond tweeter dome, one was encased in plastic to protect the brittle material. The tweeter domes ...

Demo'ing the 800 D3 Speakers

Bowers & Wilkins’ new demo room showcases its new flagship 800 D2 speakers, which are the outcomes of one of the company’s mos...

800 D3 Close Up

The silver 6-inch FST midrange drive unit of the 800 D3 uses Bower & Wilkins’ new proprietary Continuum woven material. Developed af...

In-wall Demo

Bower & Wilkins’ showcases its in-wall speakers in this space.

The B&W Nautilus

Bower & Wilkins’ legendary Nautilus is 17 years old but just as contemporary now as it was then.

Nautilus Pricing

A wall plaque in the “Nautilus demo room” itemizing the price of the system

Theater Demo

A theater demo showcasing the flexibility of 800 D2 speakers