High-Tech Gründerfonds finances the hi-fi system of the future, made in Berlin
January 15, 2010
Digital audio formats have been spreading inexorably for many years. This trend is increasingly affecting developments in the consumer electronics industry. The worlds of hi-fi and computers are converging and creating a new market for Networked Home Audio, which analysts expect to reach a global market volume of over seven billion dollars within three years. Raumfeld’s roots lie in the professional audio and software industries, giving it the perfect position to play a significant role in shaping this process.
The company claims leadership in the technology for the synchronized playback of music over standard computer networks and was able to convince the High-Tech Gründerfonds with its vision of the hi-fi system of the future. The seed financing provided by the fund enabled the first Raumfeld Multi-Audio System to be developed readiness for marketing.
The Raumfeld Concept
Until Raumfeld was launched, it was not possible to play back music from digital and analogue sources synchronously in many rooms while maintaining a high quality of sound, using commercially available networks. The founders of Raumfeld, Michael Hirsch and Stephan Schulz, both experienced with with experience of working in the professional audio industry, have created a concept to turn their vision of a modern way to enjoy music into reality.
The result is the launch of a radio-based Multi-Room Audio System, which promises a great number of innovations. The combination of a simple-to-use touch screen remote control with a standards-based music server and high performance wireless LAN speakers creates a system that is self-contained yet open to extensions.
Positive reactions from the trade press
Initial media reaction shows that the Raumfeld concept is in tune with the spirit of the times. Even before the systems first went on sale, reports appeared in leading publications such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), c’t and Stereo. According to the trade journal c’t, “The system made a good impression during the initial quick test, in which both the operability and the sound quality were convincing.” The technology blolg engadget showed great enthusiasm, “We have seen a lot of multi-room systems already, but the new Raumfeld System from Berlin beats the lot.”
High-Tech Gründerfonds increased the pace of development
Nicolas Kirschner, Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds, summarized the reasons for investing in the company, “We have been monitoring the discussion about the convergence of home and micro-electronics for a long time. Raumfeld has presented a concept which enables this convergence to become reality in the audio industry. In addition, the management team convinced us with its comprehensive knowledge of the industry and through its professionalism. Their innovative products give this company the best possibility to succeed in the dynamic and rapidly growing market for Networked Home Audio.”
The founders of Raumfeld, Stephan Schulz and Michael Hirsch, praised the involvement, “The investment by High-Tech Gründerfonds dramatically increased the pace of our product development. By coming into the market more quickly, we have been given a head start and therefore can therefore secure a larger share of the market.”
The finance from the High-Tech Gründerfonds also enabled complex software algorithms to be developed, which allow music to be streamed synchronously to many rooms via a standard LAN and wireless LAN. Raumfeld has already filed for a patent for this procedure.
Raumfeld develops and markets radio-based multi-room audio systems. The systems are designed and engineered in Berlin, Germany with a constant focus on user-friendliness and sound quality. Raumfeld works together with partners from the professional sound studio industry, such as Adam Audio. The innovative hard and software systems developed make it possible to experience music from any source, fully synchronized in many rooms. The company was founded in 2008 by Stephan Schulz und Michael Hirsch.
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About High-Tech Gründerfonds:
High-Tech Gründerfonds invests venture capital in young, high-opportunity technological companies implementing promising research results in an entrepreneurial manner. Seed capital of up to half a million Euro is intended to help the start-ups develop their ideas from the R&D proposal stage to prototype production or proof of concept, through to market launch. High-Tech Gründerfonds manages a fund volume of approximately 272 million Euro. Investors in the public-private partnership are the Federal Ministry Economics and Technology, the KfW Banking Group and the six industrial groups BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Robert Bosch, Daimler and Carl Zeiss.
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