AMX Makes Third Acquisition of Quarter
Calling multi-zone, multi-room distributed audio systems “the entry point into the residential market,” control system manufacturer AMX acquired a company that does just that: Matrix Audio Designs. AMX said the acquisition will “simplify the amount of time it takes builders, developers and system integrators to develop packaged solutions for homeowners that integrate distributed audio with control and automation.”
Matrix Audio Designs now becomes part of the AMX family of products, and will be called Matrix Distributed Audio. All current Matrix employees are part of a new AMX team, the Matrix Audio Group, “which will focus on market and product development of multi-room audio solutions,” said AMX. Matrix products already can be programmed and designed using AMX’s VisualArchitect software and Duet modules; they’ll also now be added to AMX’s Whole Home and Home Theater System Design Libraries.
Matrix’s product line includes multi-source audio controllers, audio zone expanders, stereo amplifiers, architectural speakers, keypads and remotes. Its Audio Controller line, which integrates an audio controller, switcher and amplifier in one device, includes two families. The Delta Series is an “affordable” six-source, six-zone audio distribution system; the Mi Series is customizable system available in four- and eight-source varieties that can support up to 64 zones.
“Multi-zone audio has become the entry point into the residential market, from single-family and town homes to condominiums and even yachts,” said AMX President and CEO Rashid Skaf. “With the acquisition of Matrix Audio Designs, AMX has expanded our residential market opportunity by adding distributed audio products, which we believe will continue to grow in popularity and evolve in functionality for many years to come. By acquiring Matrix Audio Designs, AMX will simplify the amount of time it takes builders, developers and system integrators to develop packaged solutions for homeowners that integrate distributed audio with control and automation. This will be particularly valuable for the condominium market, where property developers require packaged residential solutions on a large scale.”