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QSC Marks 50 Years of Pro Audio

QSC founders Pat Quilter, Barry Andrews and John Andrews reflect on 50 years of pro AV advances for live sound, cinema and corporate installations worldwide.

Costa Mesa, CA (January 8, 2018)—Founded as Quilter Sound Things in 1968 in a small industrial building in Costa Mesa, CA, QSC has evolved over its 50-year history into a leading brand of professional AV for live sound, cinema and corporate installations. The 50th anniversary of the company’s founding will be celebrated in 2018 with a number of events, activities and key product introductions that will take place during the year.

In the beginning, the company’s founders—Pat Quilter, Barry Andrews and John Andrews—envisioned a future in hand-building guitar amplifiers. “Our early vision was to take over the world with high-powered, giant guitar amps, but we missed that boat and refocused our efforts on power amps,” says Quilter. “QSC has always focused on staying close to our customers, which is the foundation for the company’s success.”

“Our story is one of constant innovation and forward transformation, always with the passion to serve our customers’ needs,” says Barry Andrews. “When we decided to enter the loudspeaker category, for example, we listened carefully to our customer feedback to develop the acclaimed K Series, establishing an entirely new standard in powered loudspeakers, and rapidly elevating our brand to number one in the category. Our passion to serve our customers is the mission in every aspect of our business.”

50 years on, QSC’s goal is still to provide high-quality professional audio/video systems worldwide, and to wit has leveraged its power amplification, loudspeaker, digital signal processing (DSP) and digital mixer engineering technologies to provide compelling solutions for professional installed, portable, production and cinema sound customers all over the world.

John Andrews says of QSC, “We have always strived to achieve operational excellence, by sharpening our focus and building a state-of-the-art factory in Southern California utilizing computer-controlled precision assembly and rigorous testing and control to provide build-to-order flexibility. This has given QSC an unprecedented ability to respond to customer needs by building products on demand. From that first build-to-order manufacturing facility, we’ve continuously expanded to our modern manufacturing footprint and supply chain capabilities, which span multiple countries and serve millions of customers throughout the globe.”

An early pioneer in networked digital audio systems, QSC was the first licensee of CobraNet in 1996. Often regarded as the first commercially successful implementation of audio over Ethernet, CobraNet enabled QSC to develop digital audio signal processing and networking solutions that brought new capabilities to demanding, large-scale commercial sound reinforcement applications. Today’s Q-SYS integrated audio, video and control platform, installed in venues around the world, is the result of those early innovations.

“Looking forward, we will continue our commitment to be both a technology platform leader and a customer experience leader in the markets we serve,” says QSC president and CEO Joe Pham. “The future at QSC is about continuing to innovate and deliver connected, integrated technology platforms that elevate customer experiences, create new opportunities for our employees, deliver more value for our partners and facilitate new applications and capabilities in the markets we serve. In this world, everybody wins.”