Pulse-Eight Acquires Zektor, Bolstering A/V Distribution Product Line
UK-based Pulse-Eight, known for intelligent video-distribution products, acquires high-performance audio-switching company Zektor to bolster A/V line in the custom channel.
Zektor, based in the San Diego area, has been acquired by UK-based Pulse-Eight. Both companies manufacturer audio/video distribution systems for the custom-installation channel, but Zektor focuses on audio systems for home and commercial markets, while Pulse-Eight concentrates on video distribution and A/V control, primarily for residential applications.
Both companies are known for the intelligence they build into their A/V systems – Pulse-Eight for taming bi-directional HDMI CEC and providing two-way control of A/V systems, and Zektor for “some very cool, proprietary DSPs,” according to Pulse-Eight principal Martin Ellis.
Ellis touts Zektor’s technology for down-mixing, lip-sync, digital/analog conversions and more, as well as its large-format systems in 32 x 64 configurations and larger.
Ellis tells CE Pro that Pulse-Eight will no longer need to lean on third-party developers for its own audio implementations. Instead, Zektor will serve as the in-house audio arm of the Pulse-Eight organization. Likewise, Zektor will no longer need to rely on third parties for video distribution technology.
The acquisition allows Pulse-Eight to “round out our portfolio,” Ellis says.
There’s also the fact that Zektor is headquartered in the U.S., giving Pulse-Eight a base of operations stateside, where it has sought in the past few years to establish more traction.
RTI Continues as 'Exclusive Partner' for Video
Earlier this year, home-automation manufacturer RTI was appointed the U.S. distributor of Pulse-Eight’s video-distribution products, giving the UK company immediate access to a large base of U.S. dealers.
Ellis says that RTI relationship is going “very well,” with some Pulse-Eight products in such high demand, “we can’t build them fast enough.”
He says RTI will continue to be the “exclusive partner” for Pulse-Eight’s video products in the U.S., although some Pulse-Eight products continue to be offered through earlier partners, including Zektor.
“Our primary objective is to grow Pulse-Eight audio through Zektor, and video through RTI,” Ellis says.
Prior to the acquisition, Pulse-Eight had 25 full-time employees. All four full-time employees of Zektor will join the new organization, including founder and CTO Zonn Moore.
Zektor will be sharing a stand with Pulse-Eight at ISE 2019.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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