If you plan to attend the ISE show in Amsterdam, come check out our newest directional speaker offerings, including directional subwoofers. We will be showcasing our stuff at booth 8-H 275.
You can watch a video demonstration of our directional subwoofers here:
Adidas recently opened its new flagship store blocks away from Times Square. This 45,000 square foot space spans four floors and includes the latest tech-infused retail concepts. Visitors entering the store walk through tunnels like an athlete entering a field. Bleachers set up overlooking 5th avenue allow shoppers to watch the street or check out a game on the TV's. A virtual basketball court outlined by neon lights hangs overhead in the middle of the store. Amazingly, crystal clear dance floor music can be heard as full fidelity sound immerses the listener from overhead directional speakers by Brown Innovations. Take one step out of bounds and the music seems to magically disappear.
When it comes to directional audio, low frequency sound waves or bass have always been difficult to contain to a specified zone. Brown Innovations has been at the forefront of directional audio technology for over 20 years, and the latest directional subwoofer technology does not disappoint. Finally, full sounding movie quality audio can be enjoyed in a public space without disturbing others.
While a number of companies claim to offer directional speaker products, their products only work with applications that are limited to the narrow high frequency range and ability to focus to one listener only. Brown's technology is unparalleled in its ability to cover spacious zones with full stereo sound.
The leap to directional subwooofer technology means the possiblities are endless for movable dance floors, immersive 4D experiences and gaming applications.
For many of us, Saturday morning cartoons represent a childhood cornerstone. A new exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum explores the work of Hanna-Barbera, an animation powerhouse whose work includes the Flintstones, the Jetsons and Scooby-Doo. As part of the exhibit, an interactive display allows visitors to learn fun facts and play trivia games. In order to keep sound focused to a small group in front of the display, the museum turned to Brown Innovations for a directional sound solution.
"It has been a huge success. I am not kidding when I say people have been lining up to use it since it was unveiled", says Rich Bradway, Director of Digital Learning & Engagement.
The exhibition will run until May 29th, 2017.
Winnipeg's recently-opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights contains an impressive array of interactive displays, many of which are outfitted with Brown Innovations directional speakers. During the museum planning stages, we worked closely with SH Acoustics to provide a variety of directional audio solutions for numerous sound-reflective galleries.
“This is not a museum with typical box-like galleries,” says Steve Haas, president at SH Acoustics. “There isn’t a single right-angle wall, and there are triangulated gaps two to three feet wide at their largest point. Standing on the first floor you can see exhibits on the fifth floor, so in developing audio strategies and acoustic treatments, we had to keep in mind the ferocity of the building.”
Despite the acoustical challenges, our engineers provided directional sound solutions in eleven galleries on seven different levels. Browse through the images below to get a sense of the environment. In many cases, our directional speakers are flush-mounted or concealed to discreetly focus audio.
Over the years, our directional speakers have been used in numerous applications to focus music. Recently, our sound dome directional speakers were installed at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan. In the picture above, different instruments are displayed side-by-side, each with a Mini Localizer mounted overhead. In the video below, a museum-goer walks from instrument to instrument and records the sound heard in front of each display. It's a great example of how our directional speakers focus sound in challenging, sound-reflective environments.
Over the past year, Brown Innovations and UK-based company Limited Space partnered on a number projects, including campaigns for Paramount, Walt Disney Motion Pictures and L'Oreal. In the gallery below, notice two SB-47 SonicBeams sitting flush above each screen. These directional speakers deliver crystal clear audio just in front of the video wall without bouncing sound and disturbing employees working nearby. Visit malls across the UK including Bluewater, Metrocentre, Arndale and Bullring to see these in action!
Rio de Janeiro 's 2016 Olympics have come and gone. But the Olympic City Museum in Rio is there to stay. And thanks to directional audio from Brown Innovations, many of the museum's interactive displays play different audio presentations close to one another without creating a cacophony. The implementation of the SonicBeam audio-focusing speaker at the museum marks the use of the most advanced directional sound technology.
Per the Rio Times, "The new museum is a part of the city’s Nave do Conhecimento program, whose goal is to establish spaces in traditionally neglected communities and bring technology and science to the area through courses, events, and workshops."
Yesterday in San Francisco, AT&T opened it's new tech-centric flagship store, unveiling a one-of-a-kind retail experience for visitors. As part of the installation, AT&T tapped Brown Innovations to provide directional speakers that focus sound to specifically targeted areas.
As part of the development, store designers needed audio directed to different sections of escalators that connect the store's first and second floors. Brown Innovations provided a directional sound solution to meet the designers' needs. As visitors ascend and descend on the escalators, they pass through various zones and hear different focused audio presentations, each associated with a videowall. While these different audio presentations play in close proximity, each is heard distinctly, and without overlap.
The installation is the most recent collaboration in a long-term working relationship between AT&T and Brown Innovations.
At the recent Cedia Expo in Dallas, TX, we introduced visitors to our latest innovation in the world of directional speakers - directional subwoofers. Check out the video above to see how listeners experience different "walls of sound" with this new advance in directional audio.
Last weekend, Bruce Nauman's Contrapposto Studies, I through VII opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the American artist's installation spans two massive sound reflective galleries. Thanks to directional sound technology from Brown Innovations, museum visitors experience different audio broadcasts with clarity and focus.
The exhibition runs until January 8th, 2017.
Here's an enthusiastic and concise explanation of how well our new directional speakers keep sound focused to tight zones. It was filmed at Infocomm 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada by DJ News.
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the most famous sketch comedy show of all time? Well now you can. “Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition,” allows SNL fans to experience the shows iconic Studio 8H and the preparation that goes into producing the show each week.
The installation includes interactive displays and video screens playing many of the well known comedy skits from the past 40 years. While the frequent jokes and one-liners are funny, having the exhibition space sound like an arcade is no laughing matter. The designers needed a way to make sure the audio from each screen could be playing simultaneously without bleeding into other areas of the museum. Premier Exhibitions were tasked with finding a solution for this audio dilemma.
Brown Innovations’ SB-47 was chosen as the best solution after thorough research and testing of other speakers on the market. Everyone on the exhibition team was impressed with the quality of audio produced by the SB-47. Other speakers that were tested had a very thin and tinny sound and did not isolate audio as well. The Brown Innovations’ SonicBeam is able to combine both focus and fidelity making it the speaker of choice among designers and integrators.
“Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition,” is open to the public beginning on May 30th, 2015. The exhibit is being held at Premier Exhibitions permanent exhibition center located at 417 5th Ave in New York City.
This autumn, Screen Bar in Singapore implemented the latest BarSound directional speaker technology from Brown Innovations so each table could enjoy a unique listening experience. In addition to the Quadeo Sound Domes over the tables, Screen Bar also installed SonicBeam Directional speakers to keep sound isolated only to patrons standing at the main bar. In total, eleven Quadeo Sound Domes and two SonicBeam directional speakers were used. The installation is the first of it’s kind, and could prove to be a game-changer with how bars and restaurants utilize audio with multiple screens.
Check out Google’s Virtual Tour by clicking on this picture:
And here are a few more photos of the installation:
After more than 20 years, our original directional speaker - the sound dome Localizer- still stands as a popular directional sound solution. Because Brown Innovations holds a patent on the sound dome's unique hemispheric design, we provide the world's most precise audio isolation. The dome is able to deliver superior stereo sound because the hemisphere acts as a lens, creating an audio "hologram" where the sound is actually heard as if the speakers were floating just outside of the listener's ears. Until the development of the Sound Dome Localizer, this highly focused stereo listening experience was previously available only through headphones. Today, clients use our sound dome in lieu of headphones for countless applications.
St. Joseph's University has unveiled a sophisticated collaborative classroom outfitted with directional speakers from Brown Innovations. The speakers keep audio focused to specific zones and allows students to videoconference. Media Services engineer Justin Fowler says, "I envision the concepts and technology utilized in this room being implemented in classrooms throughout campus in the future."
Some things in the world never change. There will forever be airline delays, overbookings, and flight cancellations. Finding the serenity to accept such unchangeable realities is often difficult. But if you find yourself stuck in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, you might find the wait isn’t so bad. World Visual Communications has installed more than 60 Samsung displays equipped with Brown Innovations Maestro directional speakers. From news broadcasts to sports coverage, sitcoms and more, stranded travelers can now enjoy a complete viewing experience thanks to the focused audio.
It’s a topic of endless debate in the digital signage sector: Will audio enhance your display or be disruptive and get your display unplugged? For AdSpace Networks, America’s largest in-mall digital signage network, directional audio has played a key role in their success. As a result, Adspace’s model is changing how others look at utilizing audio. For years, digital signage networks have avoided audio due to problems with sound bleed. Frequently referred to as “employee burn,” conventional speakers blaring repetitive audio invariably lead nearby employees to unplug displays or even cut wires. After research and tests, AdSpace chose the Brown Innovations Maestro to ensure audio doesn’t disturb mall employees and patrons.
Besides keeping sound focused in front of displays, Maestro speakers can be linked, networked and communicated with remotely. “Health monitoring and adjustments to speakers on the network can be made from a single location,” said Jeremy Brown, CEO of Brown Innovations. “Maestros automatically make volume adjustments when ambient noise fluctuates, which ensures sound levels are always heard at an appropriate level above the ambient noise.”
The network has become an attractive medium for advertisers wanting to deliver more dynamic content. “We like to think of our screens as living posters and encourage our advertisers to take advantage of our unique, full motion video and audio-enabled medium with truly captivating creative,” says the AdSpace website. Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Estee Lauder, Coach, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and Sean John are just a handful of companies advertising on the network.
In total, the network currently consists of 2844 displays and reaches 48 million unique individuals per month.
Rome, Italy - In the Charlemagne Wing of St. Peter’s Square in Rome, an exhibition celebrating diplomatic relations between the Vatican and the Republic of Azerbaijan features a music section containing various instruments and interactive displays. To prevent sound bleed from the displays, exhibition designers chose Brown Innovations Localizer sound domes to keep audio contained to their targeted listening areas. The exhibition was organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Pontifical Council for Culture.
New York, NY – The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibit “Impossible Conversations” features a series of imagined conversations between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian-born fashion designers who lived in different eras and never actually conversed. For exhibit designers, “impossible” took on another meaning: in a sound reflective gallery, these conversations would be impossible for visitors to experience with traditional speakers due to the acoustical challenges of the space. Brown Innovations made these conversations possible by introducing custom designed directional speakers to ensure the exchanges are heard clearly without overlap.
“You feel like you’re eavesdropping,” said Andrew Bolton, curator of the exhibition who coupled iconic designs by Schiaparelli and Prada with videos in which their make-believe exchanges are heard. Visitors experience a succession of different digital discussions as they walk the exhibit‘s narrow corridor.
Remarkably, none of the conversations interfere with one another. “The exhibit was designed with an incredibly challenging acoustic specification,” said Kevin Brown, head engineer at Brown Innovations. “The space has granite floors, acrylic walls, and sheet rock ceiling. I used every trick I could think of to focus sound where it needed to go.” Despite the challenges, Brown implemented a directional speaker that successfully keeps audio contained to their target zones. Check out the video below to hear a demonstration of the speaker's directionality.