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D+M Group Responds to Sonos Litigation

In response to a complaint filed by Sonos, D+M Group CEO Jim Caudill says the company will defend its HEOS product line to protect its investments in the research and development of its newly announced wireless whole-house line of products.

The newly announced HEOS by Denon product line includes a selection of products highlighted by the HEOS 3, HEOS 5 and HEOS 7 powered speaker systems.
Robert Archer · October 31, 2014

D+M Group, the parent company of the Denon, Marantz and Boston Acoustics consumer electronics brands, has issued a statement on the pending lawsuit filed against Denon’s HEOS product line by Sonos.

D+M Group says in the statement that it will do what is necessary to safeguard itself from litigation that was filed by Sonos in October 2014. D+M emphasizes that it has been a high-tech equipment manufacturer for more than a century, and through its many technology innovations and experience it will stand behind its newly released HEOS line of whole-house wireless audio products.

Here is the full statement from D+M:

“D+M Group, a global company dedicated to enhancing life through inspired sound solutions, today announced it will protect itself against a patent infringement complaint filed on October 21, 2014, by Sonos, Inc. in regards to D+M’s HEOS by Denon products. “D+M has been a technology innovator for over 100 years and has an extensive intellectual property portfolio to protect our products. Given our experience and wealth of expertise, we absolutely stand behind our HEOS products and technology and are well prepared to defend our intellectual property,” said Jim Caudill, CEO of D+M Group. “We are an innovative company, constantly seeking to create the best products in the marketplace.” To meet the high bar set by Denon’s 100-year legacy of premier audio quality, Denon’s engineers and designers worked for more than ten years to develop HEOS by Denon.

Introduced in June, 2014, to date the HEOS by Denon product line includes three wireless multi-zone music players: HEOS 3, HEOS 5, and HEOS 7, a HEOS Amp, HEOS Link and HEOS Extend. HEOS by Denon products are widely available in the marketplace. Denon dealers, distributors and customers will continue to be fully supported as Denon continues to innovate, invest and provide new products, features and functionality to its HEOS product line. Adds Caudill “We fully intend to take all necessary actions to protect our technology and product investment in our HEOS products.”

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at rarcher@ehpub.com

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