When Sony needed to transform SACD from an intriguing concept into a sonic reality, they turned to one of the world's leading experts in digital converter design: Ed Meitner.
In those early days, Ed's EMM Labs worked hand-in-glove with Sony and Phillips to refine what was possible from the format and to establish the unparalleled sonic purity for which SACD is now known.
The company soon developed the first complete multichannel DSD playback system from disc to preamplifier. And quickly became one of the industry's most respected makers of high-resolution audio recording and playback products.
These distinctions were achieved by the unique amalgam of talent here—physicists, engineers and music lovers alike—working as a team to create the most faithful music production and reproduction equipment available. And, in fact, possible.
Today, EMM Labs converter systems are the de facto DSD reference of the recording industry. Currently, almost every new SACD in production is being made with our DSD converters.
And now, EMM Labs is bringing the same peerless level of performance into audiophile homes throughout the world. Our latest products are designed for a wide variety of applications and are, without question, the most sophisticated expression yet of EMM Labs innovation and technology.
Ed Meitner has been creating state-of-the-art professional and audiophile products for decades. If the job can be done, Ed will do it. If it can't be done, Ed will figure out a way to do it. His focus has always been singular—addressing the needs of his customers and in so doing, creating music production and reproduction equipment that's unerringly faithful to the music itself.
The analogue mixing consoles Ed designed back in the early 1970's for Olive Electrodynamics Company, for example, are still sought after today. So too are his Museatex and Melior audiophile products. His original thinking in the field of audio design led to several patents including:
Other notable accomplishments include creating the world's first VCA-controlled preamplifier. The first commercially available cryogenically treated cables. The legendary BiDat converter. The coveted MTR-101 amplifier. So what's next for Ed? More of the same, of course.
Studio Client Comments:
"Ed's converters are the first DSD converters that was superior to anything I have ever heard. It is not an overstatement to say that Ed's analog to digital and digital to analog DSD converters have set a new standard of sound quality for digital audio. It turns out they are great PCM converters as well."
Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios
(Phil Collins, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Nirvana, and many more..)
"Ed Meitner's designs are the reference point for anyone serious about very high performance audio."
George Massenburg, George Massenburg Labs
(Multiple Grammy Award winning Engineer/Producer)
"One of the main reasons our client are happy with the high-rez work we do is that it’s done using Ed Meitner's converter."
Bernie Grundman, Bernie Grundman Mastering
"I have used the ADC8 and the DAC8 on my recording projects and have never had such an overall satisfying recording experience. These converters are so transparent and accurate that they have changed the way I work."
Tom Jung, Recording/Mastering Engineer, DMP Records
"I will not do a session without out EMM Labs DSD converters or Switchman, they have become that much a part of my essential must-have list!"
Michael Bishop, Chief Recording Engineer, Telarc International Corporation
"The sonic purity and transparency of the Meitner converters have been key in Telarc's success in using DSD technology to make the best sounding SACDs that can be produced. All of Telarc's pure DSD/SACD titles have been made using Meitner converters."
Bob Woods, President and Recording Engineer, Telarc International Corporation
"Ed Meitner's designs of audiophile equipment are and industry benchmark. He is now at the forefront of the movement to DSD technology."
James Guthrie, Grammy Award Winning Producer/Engineer (Pink Floyd)
"I was recently playing back a SACD master through Ed Meitner's great converter, and I was starled at the realism of it. I was a trumpet player when I was in college, and believe me - this sounded like a real trumpet in my room."
Edwin Outwater, President, Musiktech Advisors Inc.
Recording/Mastering Engineer (MGM, Polygram, Warner Bros)
"The Meitner converters were leagues better than anything else available. Today, Ed's converters are the benchmark. If you are serious about high-resolution and audio in the general, DSD in particular, there is no other reference."
Shawn R. Britton, Chief Audio Engineer, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
EMM Labs proudly supplies and supports our professional products users:
Abbey Road Studios
Ambient Recording Co.
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering
Bruce Botnick Productions
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Groove Note Records
James Guthrie (Pink Floyd)
Right Track Recording
Saidera Records, Seigen Ono
Sterling Mastering Studios
Steve Marcussen Mastering
Tracy Chapman, Paul Du Gre (Engineer)
Water Lily Acoustics
Wind Over the Earth
Wonderland (Stevie Wonder)
Zen Mastering (Chick Corea, Kimber Isomike)
... and many others.