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Roland Buys 70% of Headphone & Audio Device Maker V-MODA

[![(L to R): V-MODA’s Val Kolton and Roland’s Jun-ichi Miki at Roland Worldwide Headquarters](/content/images/2016/08/Miki-san_Val-san_keyboards_color1-300x200.jpg)](/content/images/2016/08/Miki-san_Val-san_keyboards_color1.jpg)(L to R): V-MODA’s Val Kolton & Roland’s Jun-ichi Miki at Roland Worldwide HQ
Roland has announced the acquisition of majority stake in V-MODA, the maker of high-fidelity headphones and audio devices.

Jun-ichi Miki, CEO of Roland, says, “We’re pleased V-MODA has joined the Roland family of brands. V-MODA revolutionized headphones and has pushed the envelope of personalization. Their Milano design, material research and professional DJ roots, along with their loyal customers, are incredible assets for Roland. It’s an exciting time for both companies, and we are eager for the talent at V-MODA and Roland to collaborate. This new team and the audience that the products are going to attract will definitely inspire the future of music.”

V-MODA Founder Val Kolton will maintain his role with the company as V-MODA’s CEO. Furthermore, he will also provide his expertise in product design for Roland’s dance, DJ, and electronic music division as a consultant.

“For more than a decade, we have vigorously crafted high-end personal audio products for modern audiophiles that reproduce music for a concert and club-like experience,” says Kolton. “This partnership is not strictly a business deal; it’s a strategic synergy that will bridge the high-quality sound, materials and design of our products with the legendary genre-changing sound expertise and commitment to excellence from Roland. Roland’s 808, 909 and countless products helped to lay the foundation and forge today’s music, and together we can carry on the tradition.”

According to the deal terms, Roland acquired 70 per cent of V-MODA, becoming the majority stakeholder in the company, with Val Kolton, CEO and founder of V-MODA, retaining 30 per cent ownership. The financial details and terms of the agreement are confidential.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Music Trade. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.