Meyer Sound SB-3F Named Most Innovative Installation Loudspeaker by Systems Contractor News and InfoComm
Systems Contractor News (SCN) magazine and InfoComm International have named Meyer Sound's SB-3F sound field synthesis loudspeaker the Most Innovative Loudspeaker for Commercial Installation. The award was presented during the InfoComm 09 tradeshow at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl.
The self-powered SB-3F sound field synthesis loudspeaker is the outcome of a fruitful cooperation between the audio industry and academia, and has presented a creative and effective solution to sound designers and sports venues that have long struggled with intelligibility issues in long-distance applications. The SB-3F takes advantage of the sound field synthesis technology developed jointly by Meyer Sound and University of California Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)—an alliance devoted to breaking new grounds in the science of audio and developing tools for commercial use.
The high-power SB-3F employs multiple small point sources to create a focused, coherent long-range sound field and project mid- and high-frequency energy over distances up to 1km. It provides a clear advantage over alternative solutions for large-scale broadcast events, tours, and sports venue installations. In addition to the much-improved intelligibility, minimized high-frequency loss over long distances, simplified implementation as a result of its self-powered feature, the Meyer Sound SB-3F solves camera sightline issues for televised events and is an excellent complement to other loudspeaker systems.
The 93,000-seat Los Angeles Coliseum, home to the University of Southern California Trojans football team, is the first stadium to install the SB-3F. Jon Lee, director of marketing for the coliseum, reports that the Meyer Sound installation has made a dramatic improvement on the audience experience. "It's hard to overstate what a difference this new sound system makes," says Lee. "Spoken announcements are more intelligible; music is more powerful. The fans in the seats have a feeling of really being in touch with what's happening on the field."
John Meyer, founder of Meyer Sound and recipient of multiple industry innovation awards, explains that the SB-3F is only the beginning of sound field synthesis applications in professional audio. "Our focus has remained finding the best solutions to tackle customers' design challenges," says Meyer. "Sound field synthesis is an exciting technology that has been successfully transformed into useful audio tools. Another new product spawned from these early-stage research efforts with CNMAT is the upcoming steerable column array, which will utilize digital technology to control the directionality of the array of transducers."
The SCN Installation Product Awards honor outstanding install-specific products that were introduced in 2008. This year's awards were given in 15 categories, including loudspeaker, audio/videoconferencing, control, mounting, projector, and video display products.