Mar 2019 | News | Corporate | France

This year, NEXO is marking its 40th anniversary.  For the last 10 years, a strategic business unit of the globally dominant Yamaha Corporation of Japan, NEXO has consolidated its place as one of the world’s leading elite manufacturers of sound reinforcement equipment of the highest specification.  The company’s pioneering technology, innovative designs and sonic excellence have enhanced live events across the globe for decades, gaining the respect and trust of sound professionals everywhere.

Founded in 1979 by Frenchman Eric Vincenot and Englishman Michael Johnson, NEXO designs all its ground-breaking sound reinforcement solutions in Paris, from which headquarters it has built an international network of more than 80 distributors as well as working with Yamaha sales subsidiaries and maintaining its own national sales operations in four countries.

Always taking a distinctively independent approach to audio technology design, NEXO’s engineering achievements can be recognised in a portfolio of patents. One of the first companies to promote line and tangent array designs, its compact GEO S8 Series became the world’s best-selling line array system upon its launch in 2001, building on the market success of the classic point-source Alpha Series (launched in 1996) which, 23 years later, remains a much loved front-of-house choice. But perhaps the most instantly recognisable NEXO product remains the PS Series, now 25 years old, and used by virtually every sound engineer in the world.

The application of convergence-inspired design has resulted in such innovations as the NXAMP Series and 4×4 Powered TDControllers which provide full integration of speaker and amplifier control, and console management of PA systems over the latest and most popular digital networking protocols.

Commercial achievements, such as an unprecedented 5-year run for the GEO T Series line array on Glastonbury’s famous Pyramid Stage, installations of GEO Series loudspeakers in the Stade de France, Stade Roland Garros, Wimbledon and many other international sports venues, and the record-breaking sales of the PS Series over two decades, have ensured that the NEXO badge identifies some of the most consistent loudspeaker products on the market.

NEXO seeks not only to enhance the audience experience through the development of increasingly more transparent and consistently controllable sound systems, but also to serve the wider public through the improved directivity of its systems.  The company is wholly focussed on serving the environment, through the adoption of more sustainable and less polluting manufacturing processes, and through the development of systems that are ever more compact, easier to transport and less demanding to set up.


NEXO’s history is punctuated by many landmark moments and breakthroughs in sound reinforcement technology, which have earned the respect of its competitors and sound engineers all over the world.

1979 the company is founded in the north of Paris

1983-86 Delivery of the first IS and PC Series to the French market, and for export

1988 Acquisition of its primary supplier, CAB Industries

1991 Launch of the TS system

1993 Launch of the PS10

1994 Launch of the PS15

1996 Launch of the Alpha Series

1998 Launch of the Alpha E Series

1999 Launch of NEXO’s first digital processor

2000 Launch of the PS8

2001 Launch of the GEO S8

2002 Launch of the GEO T Series

2005 Enters strategic technological alliance with Yamaha Corporation

2006 Launch of the GEO D Series

2007 Launch of the GEO S12, NXAMP amplifier and RAY Sub Series of subwoofers

2008 Yamaha Corporation completes its acquisition of NEXO

2009 Launch of enhanced R-2 versions of PS10 and PS15

2010 Launch of NS-1 prediction and simulation software

2011 Launch of 45°N-12 line monitor

2012 Launch of STM Series, and NEXO Universal Amp Rack (NUAR)

2014 Launch of GEO M6, the first of the GEO M Series

2015 Launch of the ID Series, and the DTD amplifier and controller

2017 Launch of GEO M10

2018 Launch of the NXAMP Mk2 Series

2019 Launch of GEO M12

Some high-profile NEXO installations around the world:

Gran Rex Theatre                                Buenos Aires, Argentina

All-England Lawn Tennis Club             Wimbledon, UK

Croke Park Stadium                            Dublin, Ireland

Stade de France                                  Paris, France

Hong Kong International Airport        HK, China

Palais de Tokyo                                    Paris, France

Sapporo Dome                                    Sapporo, Japan

Optus Stadium                                    Perth, Australia

Etihad Stadium                                   Manchester, UK

National Theatre                                 Tokyo, Japan

Genting Arena                                     Genting, Malaysia

Carnegie Hall                                       New York, USA

Standard Liege FC                               Liege, Belgium

Wolverhampton FC                            Wolverhampton, UK

Anderlecht FC                                     Anderlecht, Belgium

O2 Arena                                             Prague, Czech Republic

Nagoya Dome                                     Nagoya, Japan

Stade de Montpellier                          Montpellier, France

Stade de Nantes                                 Nantes, France

Stade de Lens                                      Lens, France

Stade d’Agadir                                    Agadir, Morocco

Stade de Marrakech                           Marrakech, Morocco

Elias Figueroa Stadium                       Valparaiso, Chile

Stade Roland Garros                           Paris, France

Place Bell                                             Laval, Canada