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Meyer Sound's New X-10 System in Action at Tokyo's Sound Craft Studio
A pair of Meyer's new X-10, self-powered linear control room monitors now reside in the surround sound studio at Sound Craft, Tokyo.
"Sound Craft is an extremely technology-intensive enterprise," says Meyer X-10 product consultant, Bob Hodas, "so the match-up between their largest of three audio rooms and the highly evolved technology of the X-10's is a natural."
"The other two audio rooms at Sound Craft, smaller post suites, have HD-1's which are very well respected here and in the Japanese market in general. Sound Craft invited two-dozen prominent engineers to demo the X-10 system in the studio. So the new technology was under some pretty close scrutiny."
"Everyone who attended the sessions brought their own listening material ranging from classical, to pop and rock, to jazz. And they were all knocked out by the X-10's performance. A number of journalists were invited too, so we can expect to see some reviews in the Asian market in the near future." (The X-10's have been reviewed by Sound on Sound in the UK, and in the U.S. market by Mix Magazine, EQ, and Audio Media.)
Sound Craft are also using the optional X-800 subwoofers. These are designed to extend the headroom of the system, not the reproducible frequency range, and need to be engaged only at very high SPL. "The engineers who demoed the system during the two days I was there," says Hodas, "did not listen at the very high levels necessary to engage the subs. But I know of at least one producer in Japan who will definitely open up the system."
The Sound Craft X-10 studio is used for mixing television commercials and audio for a world-renowned planetarium.
The system as installed is for stereo operation and consists of two X-10s, two X-800 subwoofers and the companion X-01 crossover module.
The X-10's were sold by Meyer's Japanese distributor, Acoustic Technical Laboratory (ATL) and will be undergoing intensive critical use in the Sound Craft studio over the next few months.
Written by Charles Conte