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Bang & Olufsen recognizes Soledge, a local company specialized in connected, audiophile-quality Hi-Fi solutions

Information updated on 20/06/18
Soledge, specialized in connected, audiophile-quality Hi-Fi, was selected by the world leader in top-end Hi-Fi, Bang & Olufsen, from among over 400 companies in its worldwide NextStepChallenge competition. Soledge is the only French company that was chosen to benefit from a support program sponsored by the giant Danish firm.
Raphael Bini founded Soledge in 2010, following several years of research and development at the Ecole des Mines d’Alès engineering school. Specialized in audiophile-quality connected Hi-Fi, the company then joined the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), which still provides assistance within the Cap Alpha startup incubator. Soledge now has 6 employees and plans to hire more people in 2016.
Soledge uses Power Line Communication technology (PLC) in its solutions, making it possible to both share existing electrical power with music data in existing wiring, and easily inter-connect multiple devices. 
Soledge designs its own product line, and licenses its technology to speaker manufacturers allowing to connect models that were not originally designed with connectivity capabilities. 
The company started off 2016 with a great achievement, as Soledge was the only French company to be chosen by Bang & Olufsen in its quest to find promising technology startups in the audio sector. The Montpellier-based company will enjoy this acceleration opportunity in Q2 2016, participating in a research and development program in Denmark, and joining what is now being referred to as the “Danish Hi-Fi Valley.” The program includes four other specialized companies and should enable Soledge to fund its development at a larger scale while integrating its speaker synchronization and syntonization technology for other manufacturers.  The effort is supported by the Danish government.
Recently, Soledge also innovated with its product designs. Raphael Bini wanted a strong visual identity for the Soledge product line to highlight the technological innovation, so he launched a call-for-proposals from various designers. Christophe Moineau, based in the neighboring Gard department, created a design for Soledge’s unique products in the audiophile Hi-Fi equipment sector, using Corian, an unprecedented material in the sector, combining aesthetics and strength.
Find out more:
- Solèdge- Creating your company with BIC- Innovating in the ICT sector