Jade Design Acquires Sherbourn Technologies

Product Line To Continue, With New Models Slated For Debut At 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

Dec 21, 2010, 08:00 ET from Jade Design, Inc.

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Jade Design, Inc. today announced it has completed the acquisition of Sherbourn Technologies of North Billerica, MA.

By January 1, 2011 all of Sherbourn's operations will be moved to Jade Design's headquarters in Franklin, TN. Jade Design, which is the parent company of Emotiva Audio Corporation, will continue to offer a complete selection of Sherbourn-brand high-performance audio products, including stereo and multichannel pre-amp/processors/tuners and amplifiers for the retail and custom installation channels. In addition to the current product offerings, Sherbourn will introduce several new models over the coming year, including a line of high performance home theatre loudspeakers and subwoofers in both free standing and architectural versions.

"I've been a fan of Sherbourn for as long as I can remember," said Fred Hartman, Director of OEM/ODM Sales, Jade Design, Inc. "Every audio enthusiast knows that the Sherbourn logo is associated with some of the finest gear in the business, so we're thrilled that Jade Designs' engineering support and expertise will now allow Sherbourn to develop products and technologies that service a wider audience than ever before, without changing its well earned reputation for quality, performance and value."

Along with the current product line, two new models will be introduced under the Sherbourn brand. A new HDMI processor and HDMI receiver (both featuring an integrated Control4™ controller), originally debuted at the 2010 CEDIA Expo as the inaugural products under the previous Emotiva Professional Systems label. Hartman said that although Jade Design still has plans for a product line under that name, its focus will be on an as-yet-to-be-announced channel.

"We went out to the custom integration market with news of Emotiva Pro before the opportunity to acquire Sherbourn was brought to our attention," said Hartman. "It only makes sense to continue to grow Sherbourn's presence in the custom market while re-directing the Pro name for a different sales channel."

Ron Fone, the previous president and owner of Sherbourn Technologies, will continue with the brand as Director of Sales.

Sherbourn Technologies will be a featured partner at Control4's booth #21407 at the Consumer Electronics Show, January 6 – 9, 2011, and again in Control4's stand #11F82 at the Integrated Systems Europe conference in Amsterdam, February 1 – 3.

Jade Design's Emotiva brand is famous among A/V enthusiasts for the company's true high end A/V products and first-rate customer support with a manufacturer-direct business model that provides exceptional value along with advanced technology.  The new Sherbourn Technologies line will carry this high-value, high-support philosophy directly to the retail and custom installation channels, with additional new products scheduled to be announced in Q1 2011. For more information, contact: Adam Sohmer; Sohmer Associates, LLC; 347-497-4965; adam@sohmerassoc.com.

About Jade Design, Inc.

Jade Design, Inc. (www.jadedesign.com) has more than 30 years experience in OEM/ODM electronic system design and development. Decades of cumulative knowledge and skill reside in the staff of engineers, designers, factory, and project management teams. Jade specializes in turn key product manufacturing, sourcing and brand support.

The company invests extensive resources into engineering, development, and quality, the sum of which is reflected in every amplifier, pre-amplifier, processor/controller, audio source, and loudspeaker system bearing their client's name.

About Sherbourn Technologies

Sherbourn Technologies is a dynamic consumer electronics company that designs and distributes some of the finest home theater and custom installation products in the world.

Sherbourn enjoys a rich and deep-seated pedigree. From the beginning, the company's core philosophy has been to design and manufacture outstanding products with high levels of innovation, performance, quality and reliability. For more information, visit www.sherbourn.com.

SOURCE Jade Design, Inc.