Meeting Topic: John F. Allen: A Career in Sound Reinforcement and Stereo
Moderator Name: Owen Curtin
Speaker Name: John F. Allen
Meeting Location: BU, MA USA
John F. Allen will talk about his career in sound reinforcement and stereo as well as the technologies he pioneered. John has been involved in sound reinforcement and reproduction since the 1970's. In 1976 he designed and installed sound reinforcement for the Boston Esplanade and received a Presidential commendation for it. In 1979 he began developing what would become the first digital ready sound system for theaters. First implemented in 1980, the computer designed system increased theater attendance by 25% in the first year. In the 1980's his company High Performance Stereo, already acclaimed across the US, expanded globally. In 1984 John installed the first digital sound system in a movie theater. Mr. Allen's systems are the National Park Service standard. John was named sound director for the Boston Ballet in 1988. Honored for the "best orchestra sound in ballet", no one mentions the transparent sound reinforcement system which helped achieve this distinction.
A long time BAS member, John has also served in the AES and SMPTE. Frequent author and lecturer, he has been advancing the state of the art all his life. John F. Allen is the founder and president of High Performance Stereo in Las Vegas NV. His website
Written By: Michael Reed