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Barack Obama in Berlin with Westfalen and Meyer Sound

With an estimated crowd of more than 200,000 attendees and broadcast to most European countries as well as the USA, Barack Obama's speech in Berlin is historical in its scope and its impact on upcoming presidential elections in the USA. When called upon by the management of Obama's campaign to begin planning this very special event, Westfalen Sound was very clear in its choice of equipment—Meyer Sound. "We were very excited when we received the call about this historic event,” states Carl Cordier, managing director of Westfalen Sound, "Especially so after looking at the challenge of covering this vast area at the Berlin Victory Column with uniform and precise SPL. With the world seeing and hearing Obama's speech via our audio feeds to more than 180 TV and radio stations worldwide, it was very important that no aspect was left to chance.

“In the area in front of the Victory Column and along the 2 km (1.25 miles) of the street, we set up Meyer Sound systems comprising over 100 self-powered loudspeakers,” continues Cordier. “Since each area had its own special requirements, we deployed MILO, MICA, M'elodie, CQ, UPM, 600-HP and 700-HP loudspeakers to match the needs. It was also paramount that we had uniform consistency in the coverage and that all the systems were similarly voiced. On top of this was the task of having the entire setup accomplished in a very limited time frame. Only with Meyer Sound can we achieve this. In short, we chose the Best for the Best." With all the positive feedback after the event, Westfalen knew it has won the audience vote. "It is incredible how many phone calls I received after the event from broadcasters, spectators and others congratulating me on what a great job we did and that they understood every word," Cordier concludes. "To say that Westfalen is a satisfied customer of Meyer Sound would be an understatement."

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