Meyer Sound’s self-powered UPJunior VariO loudspeaker has been honored with the 2008 Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker Technology. The prestigious award was presented on Friday, October 3, during the 125th Audio Engineering Society Convention in San Francisco.

The sixth Meyer Sound product to be bestowed with a TEC award, the extremely versatile UPJunior loudspeaker has enjoyed tremendous success across a wide range of applications, including installations in such diverse venues as Laboral University in Gijon, Spain; 40/40 club in Las Vegas; Paris’s Jamel Comedy Club; Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham; Berlin Philharmonie; and MGM Grand Macau. With its exceptional power-to-size ratio, the UPJunior has also been deployed at the Cannes Film Festival and Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Fiesta.

“We have always approached our products from the point of view of what the market needs,” says Pablo Espinosa, Meyer Sound’s vice president of research and development. “With UPJunior, we wanted to give sound designers a complete package—mounting, flying and arraying flexibility to fit a broad range of applications, a plug-and-play system for utmost convenience, a compact size with minimal sightline impacts, and a sound quality that the audience appreciates. We would like to thank the industry for recognizing our efforts.”

In addition to the UPJunior, five TEC awards have been given to acknowledge Meyer Sound innovations including the MILO line array loudspeaker in 2004, as well as back-to-back awards in 1999 and 2000 for the PSW-6 cardioid subwoofer and the UPM-1P loudspeaker. SIM source independent measurement system and the HD-1 studio monitor were also honored with a TEC Award.

One of the professional audio industry’s highest distinctions, the TEC Awards are presented every year by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in professional recording, recording technology, and sound production for music, films, TV shows, and live performances. TEC Awards nominations are made by a broad-based panel of pro audio professionals, with winners determined by readers of Mix magazine using ballots accompanying subscription copies.

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