A few years back, the BBC decided to replace their monitors in the Radio & Music division. After a comprehensive selection procedure, the AIR 6, AIR 20, and BM5 reference monitors from Dynaudio Professional were chosen as the new standard monitors.
The comprehensive selection procedure was carried out under EU procurement guidelines, where each of the interested parties were asked to submit 3 different monitor sizes. Every single monitor and company was evaluated separately, and 10 different brands were short listed, The final selection process included a variety of usability tests. In addition the speakers had to pass through technical evaluations, extensive blind listening tests, and factory inspections.
Martin O’Donnell, Broadcast Sales Manager at HHB Communications Ltd told us…
As BBC Radio & Music moved to replace their existing monitors, we took a close look at their acoustic requirements and technical specifications. We presented loudspeaker combinations from a number of different manufacturers and following the evaluations our Dynaudio Professional proposal was chosen to meet the tough BBC requirements.
This is so different than back in the day when the BBC Research and Development group designed and commissioned such classic speakers as the LS3/5A and the LS5/8A. Mike still uses his 37 year old LS3/5As, maybe its time to consider a change?