Vanco International Acquires Beale Street Audio

Revives Portfolio of Sonic Vortex Powered Architectural Speakers
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Vanco International has acquired the Beale Street Audio line of Sonic Vortex powered architectural speakers. Effective immediately, industry distributors can place orders for the entire line of Beale Street Audio products.

“Beale Street Audio was a vibrant brand that brought a lot of energy to the architectural audio market by introducing real innovation into a category that needed something fresh,” said Brad Corbin, president, Vanco International. “At Vanco, we are committed to providing products that will greatly serve our distributors and dealers and the acquisition of Beale Street Audio allows us to do just that.”

Over the past few years, Vanco International has been expanding its line of audio and video products to meet the growing demands from residential and commercial AV dealers. The company made the PulseAudio Bluetooth speaker and amplifier line available to dealers last year, and Vanco was searching for additional complementary products. 

“Previously, Beale Street ran into supply challenges just as the product was gaining traction, receiving rave product reviews, and building distribution,” said Mark Corbin, vice president distribution markets, Vanco International. “We saw the opportunity to offer dealers a product they loved, with a simplified sales model plus the strong distribution and support network that Vanco provides.”

Beale Street is an architectural speaker line that features residential audio solutions including: 4-, 6.5-, and 8-inch in-ceiling models, 4- and 6.5-inch in-wall models, angled in-ceiling and dual voice coil models, 6.5- and 8-inch in-ceiling subwoofers, and 70/100V in-ceiling speakers for commercial applications, plus single and multi-room amplifiers, and subwoofer amplifiers.

Beale Street Audio speakers will continue to feature the patented Sonic Vortex technology created and engineered by Beale Street Audio co-founder Jim Murray, who will be available for consulting with Vanco International. Sonic Vortex technology is designed to produce a higher level of bass output and room energizing dynamics from in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. 

Sonic Vortex reimagines the traditional ported enclosed speaker design by separating the main port into multiple sections called “fins” that are tuned to listening specifications. The fins compress and move air at a high rate of speed without port noise and also add to the enclosure’s rigidity. Compared to sealed models, the company claims the Sonic Vortex design provides a 6 to 9dB boost in the mid-lower bass ranges and a flatter frequency response across the audio spectrum. 

“Beale Street Audio has exuded passion for music and entertainment from the start, and Vanco understands the value and importance of continuing this experience with Beale Street products,” Corbin said. “We are truly excited about this incredible opportunity and what it does for our customers.”

Vanco will continue selling the speakers under the Beale Street name, but bring its manufacturing, distribution, service, and support to the products. Beale Street Audio products will be ready to ship as of August 1, 2017; distributors can contact Vanco directly for pricing. Preorders are available immediately.

Vanco will showcase its full line of products including Vanco, Evolution, PulseAudio, and Beale Street Audio at CEDIA 2017, September 7-9, 2017 at booth 3645.

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