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Charles Hughes

Charles Hughes

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Audio Fields:

  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Transducers
  • Live Sound - Public Address
  • Live Sound - Church Sound
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Architectural Acoustics
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Measurement and Instrumentation
  • Consumer - Home
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development
  • Other: Loudspeaker System Design

Job Duties:

  • Engineer
  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Author/Journalist/Technical Writer
  • Consultant
  • Designer
  • Owner/Director
  • Systems Designer


Charles Hughes is currently a principal engineer at Biamp Systems. Previously, he was the principal consultant at Excelsior Audio, during which time he also held the position of Key Projects Manager at Ahnert Feistel Media Group (AFMG). Mr. Hughes has been involved in the design, measurement, and optimization of loudspeaker systems for 35 years and a member of the AES since 1994. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS Physics degree. Prior to starting Excelsior Audio in 2005, he was employed by Peavey Electronics and Altec Lansing.

One of Mr. Hughes' primary areas of interest within the field of electroacoustics is the directivity control of radiation from loudspeakers and loudspeaker arrays. He has designed many commercially successful loudspeaker systems and horns in conjunction with this endeavor, as well as becoming very involved with loudspeaker modeling and simulation. Five US patents have been issued to him as a result of his work and designs in this area. He holds two other US patents related to noise cancellation.

Mr. Hughes is quite active in the AES with a keen interest in standards development. He is a member of the AES Standards and Steering Committees, as well as five working groups: currently serving as the chair of SC-04-03. He has authored or co-authored multiple AES papers, has been an invited panelist at several Live Sound Seminars and Workshops at numerous AES conventions, including chairing one on subwoofer array directivity, and been invited to speak at local AES section events. Additionally, his technical articles have appeared in many industry publications.

Mr. Hughes also serves as moderator for the AVIXA Spectral Balance standard committee and formerly chaired the Consumer Technology Association standards group CTA R3 WG1. During his 15 year tenure there ANSI/CTA-2010, ANSI/CTA-2034, and ANSI/CTA-2099 standards were published. As a result of his work, he received the 2013 CTA Technology Achievement Award. He is also a member of the IEC participating in the activities of TC100.

Education Background

B. Sci. Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology

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