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Bitter-sweet end to PL+S debut for Inspired Audio

The first Frankfurt appearance for a nascent UK loudspeaker company was marred by a suspected theft, writes Dave Robinson.

The 2012 Frankfurt Prolight + Sound show was chosen for the world launch of one of the UK’s newest pro audio brand, Inspired Audio. Reaction to the speakers and integrated amplification on show was “universally positive from all visitors to the stand and culminated in the appointment of distributors in nine regions, included Asia, the Middle East and Europe”, says Inspired head of design and ex-Logic System boss Chris Scott.

A phone call on early Sunday morning turned post-show elation into a more sobering experience, with the news that all of the stock had been stolen from the stand overnight: five banded and wrapped pallets, gone.

Scott (centre, with Anatoly Vasiliev, left, and Dmitry Belitsky of 4 Pro Sound, the Russian dealership) told PSNEurope: “The stolen stock is a combination of loaded product, show samples and a Q5 touring rack. There isn’t really enough of anything to make a cohesive system, the amplifiers contain no programming and as this is a fledging brand, purchasing stock to add to the stolen items could be easily tracked from our end. Given all that, the act makes little sense to us. It just seems to be mindless opportunism.”

The team at Inspired requests that if the goods have ended up on the wrong wagon by a logistical mistake (“unlikely, but possible,” adds Scott), or if you have any information, contact Chris Scott on +44 (0)7595 179767 or