John Eargle, Mark Engebretsen and Don Keele received a Scientific/Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honoring their development of cinema loudspeaker systems using constant-directivity horns and vented-box, low-frequency enclosures.
Eargle, in addition to being a Grammy-winning recording engineer, is an author of standard textbooks on audio, a consultant to Harman International and a past president of the Audio Engineering Society. Keele is an engineer who designed the first constant-directivity horns for Electro-Voice and the bi-radial horns for JBL. Engebretsen now works for JBL Professional and has designed professional loudspeaker systems for a number of American and Japanese companies.
Tomlinson Holman of TMH Corporation will be awarded an Academy Award for research and systems integration resulting in the improvement of motion picture loudspeaker systems. For over 20 years, Holman has been involved in the research and integration of the constant-directivity, direct-radiator bass type of cinema loudspeaker systems. He is the technical architect of Skywalker Ranch and invented the THX businesses that were named after him. Twice governor of the Audio Engineering Society, Holman holds six audio and video patents, lectures worldwide and teaches sound at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television in L.A.
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