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