Design Philosophy


Achieving the perfect balance of high-SPL, bandwidth and low distortion, and maintaining that balance throughout the entire show, is a pursuit not accomplished in a lab alone. And for VUE Audiotechnik’s design chief Michael Adams, this philosophy well tested.

For nearly four decades, Mike has been designing high-performance PA systems for Sound Image, one of the most respected production companies in the world (along with work for QSC, JBL, and Yamaha). His solid grasp of acoustical science is balanced by intimate, first-hand knowledge of real-world conditions and the unique challenges that engineers and system techs face every day.

With the rigors of the road as his proving ground, Michael’s unique designs and aggressive testing methodologies have been honed in ways that a laboratory alone could never recreate. His rare combination of technical expertise and real-world savvy has made Michael one of the industry’s most sought-after collaborators, and his influence can be heard in some of professional audio’s most legendary and groundbreaking products.

Mike Adams early VUE ACM and Isobaric Design Meeting

Mike Adams early VUE ACM™ and Isobaric Design Meeting

Today, Michael’s perspective forms the foundation of VUE Audiotechnik’s development philosophy. Through road-tested designs and state-of-the-art technologies, VUE’s engineering team, led by Adams, are improving everything from response linearity at high SPL to coverage consistency and reduced distortion. And to ensure that each VUE system delivers optimal performance throughout the show and under the most taxing conditions, we are incorporating rigorous, large-signal testing into our design process.

At VUE, we are committed to improving every aspect of loudspeaker design, and we’re not afraid to think “outside the box” to achieve a better result. By pushing beyond the status quo, we are delivering countless world-class performances, and giving absolute creative freedom to our partners. In doing so, we are changing audio forever.

David Bie — Transducer/Acoustic R&D Department manager VUE Audiotechnik JiaShan China

More information about the key advanced technologies behind VUE’s unmatched sonic performance:

Acoustic Linearity White Paper

The Acoustic Linearity White Paper covers the development of line array loudspeakers from the 1930’s work of Wolfe, I. and Malter, L. on “Directional Radiation of Sound,” through VUE’s revolutionary Continuous Source Topology (CST™) technology, as applied in the al-Class line array systems. The paper offers an in-depth view of the guiding engineering principles that VUE designers are using to build upon the existing body of work to bring line array design to the next level.

Understanding Beryllium Acoustic Properties & Performance Improvements

Thanks to its extremely high stiffness-to-mass ratio, beryllium outperforms both aluminum and titanium by dramatically reducing mechanical deformation (breakup), and shifting resonant frequencies outside the audible range. Found at the core of VUE’s most advanced transducers; VUE designers are using beryllium to advance loudspeaker performance well beyond more conventional “state-of-the-art” systems.

ACM the first significant advance in vented box subwoofer design in decades

ACM is a patent-pending, unique hybrid subwoofer design that combines the attributes of direct radiating and band-pass configurations to reduce distortion and increase sound pressure output while decreasing box size. Find out how VUE’s ACM equipped subwoofers go deeper and louder than anything near their size.

Isobaric Subwoofer Design

Isobaric loudspeaker configurations incorporate two identical transducers operating simultaneously, with a common enclosed air adjoining one side of each transducers diaphragm. In the theoretical ideal, the air chamber between the drivers is small enough to be virtually incompressible – allowing the membranes to be tightly coupled, almost as if joined by a lightweight rod.