As most AVS Forum readers know by now, audio giant Harman was recently acquired by even bigger giant Samsung, which we reported about here and here . Now, Harman has reached a deal to acquire UK-based Arcam, a boutique audio brand that joins Harman's other high-end labels such as Mark Levinson, Infinity, and Revel.

The official Harman International press release describes the company thusly: "Founded by two Cambridge University students in 1976, Arcam develops high-performance digital-audio products for music and movie lovers around the globe. With approximately 35 employees in Cambridge, UK, Arcam has an extensive product portfolio, including AVRs, amplifiers, DACs, speakers, and lifestyle music and movie technologies."

According to Chris Dragon, Senior Director of Marketing, Lifestyle Audio, "Harman's mission is clear—to elevate experiences wherever people are, at work, at home, in the car, or on the go. With a strong audio heritage, we relentlessly pursue innovations that will enable us to deliver the best solutions for our customers and consumers. We have found in Arcam a likeminded passion for bringing the highest quality sound into people's lives. With impressive technologies and outstanding talent, Arcam will be an exceptional addition to Harman's luxury-audio team. As demand for higher-quality audio rapidly accelerates, we are eager to seize the many opportunities in front of us."

For the last 10 years, Arcam was a wholly owned subsidiary of Jam Industries. President and CEO Martin Szpiro went on to say, "We are proud of what we have accomplished with Arcam over the last 10 years, expanding the company from its UK roots to become a globally recognized Hi-Fi brand. Now with Harman, a world leader in professional, lifestyle, and automotive audio and sound management, Arcam will join the best in the business to grow its engineering capabilities and extend its product reach into new markets."

The plan is to retain the current management team, which will remain in Cambridge as part of the Harman Lifestyle Audio division. As Charlie Brennan, Managing Director of Arcam, notes, "We are extremely grateful to Jam Industries for their loyal support over the last decade and believe that we will be able develop even better products for music lovers who demand great sound as part of Harman."

Arcam was originally called A&R Cambridge, whose first product was the A60 integrated amplifier in 1976. Since then, Arcam has expanded its range of products to include preamps, power amps, integrated amps, AV receivers and processors, CD and Blu-ray players, music streamers, DACs, and so-called "lifestyle" products.