THX Sold To Razer, Hoping To Lead Future VR Audio

THX Sold To Razer, Hoping To Lead Future VR Audio
October 18, 2016

Above picture: Razer CEO Tan Min Liang.
Audio company THX has been acquired by laptop and accessory manufacturer Razer, the two companies announced today.
THX will continue to operate "as a standalone unit," however "joint products" that may come in the future as a result of the partnership are possible, THX CEO Ty Ahmad-Taylor said in a blog post announcing the acquisition.
Ahmad-Taylor wrote at length about his decision to sell THX to Razer after being with the company for only almost a year. He noted that this deal will allow THX to be at the forefront of engineering audio in the virtual reality space. Razer announced an open-source VR development kit at CES 2015.
"As gaming bridges into VR, we expect to play a leadership role in the audio portion of that experience, which is crucial for completion the immersion into virtual worlds," he wrote. Ahmad-Taylor also explained that the deal will serve as "a rock-solid foundation for executing on the three core areas of business," which are currently audio-video quality certification, live venue audio, and consumer products.
As Variety notes, terms of the acquisition have not been publicly disclosed.
THX was founded in 1983 by George Lucas, first seen in theaters as part of that year's Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Razer was founded in 2005 and currently producers a range of laptops, mice, keyboards, controllers, and more.

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