Savant has acquired high-end audio manufacturer Artison, adding a series of loudspeakers, subwoofers, soundbars, and patents to their portfolio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Savant says the full line is available to dealers immediately, with product SKUs populating the website over the next couple of days.
For Savant, the acquisition is a make-good on their mission to be a total end-to-end whole home control solution. Savant CEO Bob Madonna notes that Artison compliments the overhauls in VoIP, shade control, 'Wally' touch interfaces, Alexa integration, and, importantly, Audio-over-IP that Savant implemented in the past year.
"We put a big investment last year into really innovating around the audio space and creating an Audio-over-IP infrastructure that pretty much leapfrogged everyone technically," Madonna said. "What we need to do next is expand that out to the (speaker) endpoint, and that's where this made sense."
Regarding Savant becoming a turnkey solution, Madonna looks for the opposite. Adding Artison to the Savant portfolio gives dealers a premium option for the audio experience, but Savant still wants to play nicely with other manufacturers.
"There are certain features in audio control end-points that can really create the premium experience and that what we're out to do," Madonna said. "Including distribution-over-IP, we have the (speaker) endpoints where we can deliver high-quality sound right to the speakers themselves. So I think the end-to-end solution is important for the quality of the audio, but we are a control system that will also play with all sorts of other products including other speakers."
"So it's not a closed system, that's not the intent, the intent is a maximum performance end-to-end with a Savant system," he added.
As for Artison CEO Cary Christie and his team, they are staying put with no plans of re-branding just yet. Madonna warmly calls the Nevada based manufacturer Savant West, excited to share the warmer winters near Tuscon and the breezy summers at their home base in Cape Cod. Christie will be the CTO of Audio for Savant.
Savant has had a few minor setbacks this year, but this move shows the strength of Savant moving forward.
"This is a really important step if you look at what the company is doing this year, there's a number of brand new products that got developed and launched just this year," Madonna said. "We're coming up with more than we ever have and I think it's important to underline that. Look, the company has acquired Artison because it made sense to build on the audio platform for our dealers. It just shows the strength of the company moving forward with the diversity of the products that were coming out with and the innovation from our team."