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MK Sound 50th Anniversary

by Richard Magnus

“This is the story of a speaker company that helped shape home theatre (and even music recording) into what it is today.” – Home Theatre, USA, February, 2011

While other manufacturers were building audio dinosaurs in the form of coffin-sized boxes, M&K led the way into the future with the world’s first satellite/subwoofer system, David & Goliath in 1976. The following year, M&K Sound introduced the Volkswoofer, the world’s first subwoofer with a built-in, dedicated power amplifier.

The journey began in 1973, when Walter Becker of Steely Dan commissioned M&K Sound to design a studio reference subwoofer and monitoring system for the Pretzel Logic LP mixing sessions. The result was the world’s first balanced dual-drive subwoofer and Pretzel Logic went on to become a million-selling Top Ten hit and one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

M&K Sound combined expertise in live music recording (RealTime Records) and loudspeaker design, drawing heavily on the research and acoustics back­ground of Dr. Lester Field, who had worked at Bell Telephone Research Laboratories and been a full professor at both California Institute of Technology and Stanford University, before retiring as Chief Scientist and vice president of research at Hughes Aircraft Corporation.

By combining creativity, critical listening and extensive experience in live sound re­cording with scientific methodology and experience, the foundation of M&K Sound was set.

As word of mouth spread rapidly throughout the music and movie industries, M&K Sound systems were created for leading studios, as well as home installations for producers, directors, actors and recording artists.

M&K Sound loudspeakers have been chosen for the development and demonstration of the groundbreaking Dolby Digital cinema and home surround format, for the first public demonstration of the high-resolution Blu-ray disc format, for sound production on Star Wars Episodes I-III and countless other award-winning music, film and TV productions.

A Who’s Who of the professional audio world – film, music, mastering and broadcast studios – continue to entrust their livelihood to M&K Sound reference monitors and powered subwoofers.

“M&K had to do nothing to change or improve their loudspeakers – they already did everything right – while others tried to reinvent themselves. Kudos to M&K Sound for being a true state-of-the-art manufacturer.”

- HDTV Etc magazine

Put simply and in all modesty, no other loudspeaker manufacturer in the world can rightfully claim the title of “The Choice of Professionals”.  For 50 years, M&K Sound loudspeakers have enjoyed an unchallenged reputation as the world’s finest, delivering the highest levels of performance to both consumers and professionals. M&K Sound professional monitoring systems have rapidly become the standard for stereo and multi-channel production of both music and film sound.

Equally active and respected among cutting edge recording studio personnel and discerning high end home audiophiles, M&K Sound enjoys the full benefits of extensive experience in both arenas and a unique perspective on exactly what is required to get things right in sound recording, mixing and playback.

M&K Sound loudspeakers set the standard for high-performance monitors, satisfying the needs of the world’s most demanding audio professionals who continue to choose M&K Sound for one simple reason: Trust.

Every day they make hundreds of artistic decisions based upon what they hear on their speakers. The trust they have in M&K Sound allows them to work quickly and effectively as they create the most breath-taking soundtracks and music ever put to film or disc.

The same level of quality that these professionals enjoy is also available to the home theatre enthusiast. M&K Sound offers a full line of home theatre speakers, all of which provide the listener with the same superb sound quality that audio professionals have come to expect from M&K Sound.

Developed to work in critical stereo and multi-channel environments, the tonal and spatial characteristics of M&K Sound speakers are extraordinary, regardless of the medium or the audio format.

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