ClearOne Buys Microphone Solutions Supplier

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Salt Lake City-based ClearOne is acquiring Sabine Inc. for $9 million, a move that the company says solidifies its portfolio of professional microphones.

With the addition of Sabine, ClearOne says it will have reliable and exclusive access to the wireless microphones that are a critical component of ClearOne’s complete microphone portfolio.

Sabine has partnered with ClearOne since late 2012, supplying the wireless microphone systems sold under the ClearOne brand. These microphones complement ClearOne’s CONVERGE Pro and INTERACT Pro products, driving sales of the company’s broader product line.

“The wireless microphone product has performed well and has driven sales across our Pro portfolio since its introduction more than a year ago," said Zee Hakimoglu, chairman and CEO of ClearOne. “This strategic acquisition is critical to solidifying our leadership position in this high-growth market and positions us for accelerated development of installed audio and visual collaboration solutions."

ClearOne’s WS800 wireless microphone systems include four new models of wireless microphones/transmitters and a base-station receiver with either four or eight channels, which connects to professional audio mixers. The wireless system combines ease-of-use with the most reliable security and power.

ClearOne expects to maintain Sabine operations at its current headquarters in Alachua, Fla.

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