Jade Design has completed the acquisition of Sherbourn Technologies of North Billerica, Massachusetts. By January 1, 2011 all of Sherbourn’s operations will be moved to Jade Design’s headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee.
Jade Design, which is the parent company of Emotiva Audio Corp., will continue to offer a complete selection of Sherbourn-brand high-performance audio products, including stereo and multichannel pre-amp/processors/tuners and amplifiers for the retail and custom installation channels. In addition to the current product offerings, Sherbourn will introduce several new models over the coming year, including a line of high-performance home theater loudspeakers and subwoofers in both free standing and architectural versions.
“I’ve been a fan of Sherbourn for as long as I can remember,” said Fred Hartman, director of OEM/ODM sales, Jade Design Inc. “Every audio enthusiast knows that the Sherbourn logo is associated with some of the finest gear in the business, so we’re thrilled that Jade Designs’ engineering support and expertise will now allow Sherbourn to develop products and technologies that service a wider audience than ever before, without changing its well earned reputation for quality, performance, and value.”
Along with the current product line, two new models will be introduced under the Sherbourn brand. A new HDMI processor and HDMI receiver (both featuring an integrated Control4 controller), originally debuted at the 2010 CEDIA EXPO as the inaugural products under the previous Emotiva Professional Systems label. Hartman said that although Jade Design still has plans for a product line under that name, its focus will be on an as-yet-to-be-announced channel.
“We went out to the custom integration market with news of Emotiva Pro before the opportunity to acquire Sherbourn was brought to our attention,” Hartman said. “It only makes sense to continue to grow Sherbourn’s presence in the custom market while re-directing the Pro name for a different sales channel.”
Ron Fone, the previous president and owner of Sherbourn Technologies, will continue with the brand as director of sales.
Sherbourn Technologies will be a featured partner at Control4’s booth 21407 at CES, January 6-9, 2011, and again in Control4’s stand 11F82 at the Integrated Systems Europe conference in Amsterdam, February 1-3.