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Introduction

Since its founding, Meyer Sound has been devoted to meeting the needs of sound reinforcement professionals with the finest products available, the industry’s most extensive and knowledgeable customer support, and high-level technical education.

The 1970s saw sound equipment for live performance increase in power capability, but not in reliability or fidelity. In 1979, John and Helen Meyer established Meyer Sound to create and support high-quality products for sound reinforcement and recording, designed to meet the real challenges faced by audio practitioners. Today, the company’s history shows a track record of more than 30 years of innovation, quality, performance and support.

Meyer Sound has more than 300 employees at its Berkeley, Calif., headquarters and satellite offices, including one of the largest engineering staffs (in proportion to company size) in the audio industry. International sales and support are supplied by more than half a dozen offices around the globe. The company works closely with professionals in all areas of sound reinforcement, gathering information on customers’ needs and providing the tools, training, technical support and information to enable the best experience possible for sound system users and audiences alike. Meyer Sound products are manufactured entirely at its Berkeley factory, where high technology is combined with hand craftwork. By performing core processes in house, the company is able to exercise the control to insure its quality standards are met and that each unit is exactly the same as the last.

John and Helen Meyer have been personally involved with the performing arts for years, which has given them a feeling for the role of technology in the arts. Meyer Sound is often involved directly with the performing arts at both corporate and individual levels, locally in Berkeley and worldwide. This is one more way that the company stays in touch with the real reason for its existence.

History

John Meyer’s early career included creating the innovative Glyph loudspeaker system, designing loudspeakers for McCune Sound Service, and as a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Switzerland. He and his wife, Helen, founded Meyer Sound in 1979 after their return to the San Francisco Bay Area at a time when most large-scale sound equipment was custom because there were no manufacturers providing high quality, concert-level systems. Meyer Sound changed that situation, and, in doing so, changed the industry.

The company’s breakthroughs started immediately. After creating subwoofers for the multichannel sound system touring with Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Meyer Sound introduced the UPA-1, a processor-controlled loudspeaker with a patented trapezoidal enclosure shape. The UPA-1 was an inaugural inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame, alongside Edison’s cylinder recorder and De Forest’s triode vacuum tube.

The company’s ongoing string of awards, patents, and products and technologies are acclaimed for their quality and usefulness: arrayable point-source loudspeakers, source independent measurement, cardioid subwoofers, self-powered loudspeakers for studio and stage, high-accuracy studio monitors, acoustical prediction software, atmospheric compensation equalization and more. Meyer Sound is renowned for products of unparalleled fidelity and road-worthiness, as well as for outstanding customer support. In recognition of his contributions, John Meyer was designated a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society.

In the 1990s, Meyer Sound began a major expansion at its Berkeley headquarters, including building a large anechoic chamber for research and development, a driver fabrication facility, and a new assembly plant. These facilities bear “planetary” nicknames: Saturn, Mars, Earth, and Phoebe (a moon of Saturn and the newest facility). In 2004, the company erected a unique, 57-seat theatre on site for training, research, and demonstration. The theatre’s design and construction represent a new approach to multipurpose venues, and has attracted notice from top professionals in theatre, film, and other sectors of the arts world.

Philosophy

Meyer Sound has always created totally integrated systems: comprehensive solutions encompassing transducer design, signal processing, and power amplification, as well as tools to support these systems with electroacoustic prediction, system measurement and alignment, signal processing, and system drive.

Meyer Sound engineers have earned an enviable reputation for developing unique solutions to some of the most difficult problems confronting audio professionals. Meyer Sound breakthroughs — such as the 1995 introduction of self-powered systems — have often become standard in the industry. The company’s 34 U.S. and foreign patents and numerous awards (including five prestigious TEC awards) present further testimonial to Meyer Sound’s advances to the art and science of audio.

With the 2006 acquisition of LCS Audio and release of the Galileo loudspeaker management system, Meyer Sound decisively entered the world of digital audio, positioning the company to continue leading the industry into the future.

John Meyer’s philosophy is that no component of a system should be compromised to compensate for variables “upstream” or “downstream”; the entire system must be conceived, designed, manufactured, and tested as a whole. Further, Meyer Sound believes that exceptional customer support both before and after a sale, including science-based professional training, is equally a part of the company’s mission.

The company’s ultimate goal is to meet the needs of our customers and to provide the best experience possible to them and to audiences. For Meyer Sound, doing business is all about the relationships we build and maintain with our customers.

When customers invest in equipment, they are making a commitment that goes beyond the financial. Recognizing our customers’ investment in the company, as well as its products, Meyer Sound is dedicated to delivering products and services that continue to pay returns on that investment for years after the purchase.

Meyer Sound products are designed for long product life and each new product is carefully considered to insure that it adds capabilities to the product line and does not simply obsolete customers’ investments prematurely. Specifications are derived from careful measurements taken using scientific methods designed to produce statistics meaningful to real-world applications, not just inflated marketing numbers. This guarantees that customers actually get the performance that is promised.

As a privately owned, family-operated company, Meyer Sound is not beholden to investors, enabling the company to pursue these goals without compromise and be immediately responsive to customers’ requirements. When a customer has special needs or a problem, Meyer Sound is able to go the extra mile in resolving the situation quickly and properly. Honoring the primacy of the customer is an imperative that permeates every department at every level of the company.

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ULTRA

The ULTRA Series encompasses a broad range of point-source, full-range loudspeakers suited for a variety of applications. All loudspeakers are self-powered, either by direct AC line connection or by using Meyer Sound’s exclusive IntelligentDC remote powering technology (indicated by the XP suffix). ULTRA Series includes scalable solutions with trapezoidal cabinets for portable or installed applications; ceiling loudspeakers for distributed systems; and high-power stage monitors.

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LINE ARRAY

The LINE ARRAY Series offers scalable solutions for applications ranging from an intimate cabaret theatre through houses of worship up to the world’s largest summer rock festivals. Regardless of size, all Meyer Sound line array systems share the same sonic signature, characterized by an extraordinarily linear response and transparent reproduction of both speech and music program.

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LF

The LF Series comprises loudspeaker systems designed and engineered for powerful, linear bass and sub-bass reproduction in portable, touring or installed sound applications. Options are available for massive touring systems down to discreet installations in hotels and restaurants, and all LF requirements in between.

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CAL

The CAL Series of straight line source loudspeakers couples advanced digital processing with no-compromise engineering to realize the full potential of beam-steering and beam-splitting line source technology. CAL Series loudspeakers are compatible with analog, AES digital and AVB networked signal sources.

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ACOUSTIC

Employing the latest advancements in both passive and active acoustical technologies, the ACOUSTIC Series affords unique solutions for solving problems with existing room acoustics as well as for creating entirely new acoustic environments beyond those afforded by the physical room constraints. Meyer Sound Libra passive acoustic systems afford proven solutions in applications where visual aesthetic are paramount, while Constellation active acoustic systems are renowned for their flexibility and natural sound quality.

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CINE-STUDIO

Designed for the ultimate in linearity and accuracy, CINE-STUDIO Series loudspeakers fulfil the exacting requirements of music recording and post-production professionals while also delighting cinema audiences worldwide. The series comprises a complete line of cinema loudspeakers – screen, surround and LFE – as well as recording studio monitors incorporating advanced technology for near-perfect frequency and phase response across the full audio bandwidth.

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CREATE

The CREATE Series supplies a full complement of hardware and software tools for creating, optimizing and controlling complex, high-performance sound reinforcement systems. The CREATE toolset includes powerful platforms for acoustical analysis, system design and array configuration, system optimization, and real-time monitoring and control.

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POWER

Products in the POWER Series support many Ultra Series products by providing reliable and flexible solutions for remote and on-stage powering. Included in the POWER Series are remote power supplies for Meyer Sound’s breakthrough IntelligentDC family of self-powered loudspeakers that receive audio signal and DC powering over a single cable from remote, rack-mount units.

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BEAM

BEAM Series devices employ sophisticated signal processing and innovative acoustic design to implement solutions with unprecedented long-throw capabilities. Used in conjunction with LINE ARRAY Series and LF Series loudspeakers, BEAM Series devices extend mid-and high-frequency to distances far exceeding the limits of any conventional loudspeaker system.

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