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Roland Acquires Majority Stake In Audio Device/Headphone Developer V-MODA

Companies to collaborate on product and technology development

Roland has announced the acquisition of majority stake in V-MODA, a maker of headphones and audio devices, a move that a company statement says “provides Roland and V-MODA with the resources to together develop the next breakthrough music products, accelerate product development and push the boundaries of audio innovation.”
Jun-ichi Miki, CEO of Roland, states, “We’re pleased V-MODA has joined the Roland family of brands. V-MODA revolutionized headphones and has pushed the envelope of personalization. Their Milano design, material research and professional DJ roots, along with their loyal customers, are incredible assets for Roland. I

“tt’s an exciting time for both companies, and we are eager for the talent at V-MODA and Roland to collaborate. This new team and the audience that the products are going to attract will definitely inspire the future of music.”

V-MODA founder Val Kolton will maintain his role with the company as V-MODA’s CEO, and will also provide his expertise in product design for Roland’s dance, DJ and electronic music division as a consultant.

“For more than a decade, we have vigorously crafted high-end personal audio products for modern audiophiles that reproduce music for a concert and club-like experience,” notes Kolton. “This partnership is not strictly a business deal; it’s a strategic synergy that will bridge the high-quality sound, materials and design of our products with the legendary genre-changing sound expertise and commitment to excellence from Roland.

“Roland’s 808, 909 and countless products helped to lay the foundation and forge today’s music, and together we can carry on the tradition.”

According to the deal terms, Roland acquired 70 percent of V-MODA, becoming the majority stakeholder in the company, with Kolton retaining 30 percent ownership. More info on the deal is here.


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