Sony is acquiring premium headphone brand Audeze

Sony Interactive Entertainment, the division responsible for PlayStation, is set to broaden its influence within the audio realm through a strategic acquisition. The company has recently forged a deal to acquire Audeze, a distinguished premium headphone manufacturer. This move is aimed at fortifying Sony’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of audio excellence in the context of PlayStation games. The financial details of this transaction have not been publicly disclosed.

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Audeze will maintain its operational autonomy, continuing to develop cutting-edge products for various platforms. Simultaneously, the brand will leverage the advantages of being an integral part of the PlayStation ecosystem. According to Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President of Platform Experience at Sony Interactive Entertainment, the acquisition underlines Sony’s dedication to innovation and its aspiration to provide unparalleled audio encounters to PlayStation gamers. Nishino stated, “Audeze is a premier brand for headphones, and this acquisition highlights Sony Interactive’s focus on innovation and providing the best audio experience to PlayStation players. We’re excited to bring Audeze’s expertise into the PlayStation ecosystem, building on the great strides we’ve made with PlayStation 5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech and the Pulse 3D wireless headset.”

Audeze’s headphone technology is founded on planar magnetic drivers, an innovation that delivers remarkable sound quality appreciated by consumers and audio professionals, including sound engineers. Sony emphasized the synergy of this expertise with its recent revelations about new audio products for the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation Portal handheld device. Both the Pulse Explore earbuds and Pulse Elite headset boast bespoke planar magnetic drivers.

Sony also highlighted that these forthcoming audio devices integrate a novel lossless low-latency technology named PlayStation Link. This technology, primarily designed for the PS5 and PlayStation Portal, will extend its functionality to PC and Mac platforms through a USB dongle. The anticipated launch of these audio offerings, the Pulse Explore priced at $200 and the Pulse Elite at $150, is slated for later this year.