How We Do What We Do ...
Big E Technology Partners is a partnership between Big E
Loudspeakers and established loudspeaker manufacturers in a
Distributed Manufacturing model. Big E Loudspeakers holds the
intellectual property and develops and licenses manufacturing to our
manufacturing partners. Supplier/Purveyor partners provide specialty
transducer solutions to further optimize the potential of the MVW
technology. Big E Loudspeakers provides marketing and publicity
support as well. This Distributed Manufacturing strategy provide
for a very responsive and agile corporate structure with unified
communications and branding while preserving each manufacturer's unique market space.
This allows for a shorter design to market time frame and a more
personalized buying experience for every client.
How This All Got Started ...
Thomas Ewers and Stephen Regier had been
collaborating on technology development long before Big E
Loudspeakers was formed, and introduced the Manipulated Vortex
Waveguide Loudspeaker Alignment. The pair's first major challenge
came from a major international medical equipment manufacturer
seeking assistance in development of a PC based life support system.
If successful the platform would be adapted for use in dialysis
machines, ventilators, patient monitors, and
anesthesia delivery for medically fragile patients. The team was
successful after some big names in the industry failed. Today these
machines are preserving and enhancing lives worldwide.
Several years after the medical equipment project Tom and
Steve were collaborating again, this time in the music industry.
Steve began working with a local group of veteran musicians. Steve
and Tom teamed up to record, produce, and publish music from local
artists. As their artists started receiving attention it was time to
go on tour. Budget was limited. Steve had been involved in sound
engineering since the mid 1970's and Tom had demonstrated his
uncanny ability for exhaustive research on any subject presented.
The pair turned their abilities to the issue at hand: Touring on a
budget. They landed in the DIY arena constructing an entire touring
rig of folded horn loudspeakers in Steve's garage. As a reward to
Tom they built a set of small line array loudspeakers for Tom's home
theater. After listening to the small line array Steve, a.k.a. Dr.
PsYchoBoom, remarked; “How do I get that sound in there?” motioning
toward his newly created PA. At that point it was “game on” for the
The first product of the two men putting their extraordinary
talents to work was a column line array loudspeaker named the 612.
Testing of the 612 was quite successful and later the same year
released the CBT 70 series column
line array loudspeaker. Larger column line arrays started to appear
in the DIY market as well. The pair knew then that they were not
only onto something, their ideas about what a PA could be were
becoming more main-stream. Tom and Steve took their creations to a
nationally recognized musician and concert producer, Chuck Gomez.
Chuck was quite impressed and affirmed their direction of
development; adding suggestions for making the products more
Tom and Steve always welcomed any opportunity to demonstrate
their creations. Over the course of the ensuing year of touring and
demos, they met a Chicago DJ with a very specific request. He was
seeking a series of sub-woofer scoops like the EV MTL series. In
reality, the customer was seeking exact copies of the MTL1 using a
specific B&C transducer. Neither Tom nor Steve wished to pilfer the
EV design. Instead they offered to develop a
loudspeaker of equivalent or greater performance. The 218SLS
cross-fired-in-a-scoop reflex sub-woofer was developed for this
client, and installed in a popular Chicago Area night club. The club
was popular but had a reputation of loud offensive sound. Not only
did Tom and Steve install the new 218SLS
units, they re-aligned and reprogrammed the entire loudspeaker and
signal processing system. The debut was to
a packed house with a special guest touring DJ. The client was not
sure if the new system was loud enough by his standards until he was
shown the SPL level to be in the mid 120's db, behind the bar, 90
degrees off axis, at the far side of the club; a sizable increase
from the original system. Steve relates that his personal favorite
moment from that night happened while standing in the parking lot of
the club. The music was still pounding outside and a patron emerged
with a cell phone pressed to his ear. After several attempts at a
conversation the patron yelled, “I am outside!” into the phone. The
high bass Sound Pressure Level was confirmed when the chef had to
convert to galley style cooking by securing all loose items to
prevent the heavy bass from depositing his culinary masterpieces on
the kitchen floor. The new PA was an instant success for the club,
resulting in their online reviews becoming enthusiastically
positive. Steve and Tom's theorems of loud but not harsh PA were
beginning to prove themselves in the real world. It was at this time
that the duo was introduced to concepts that led to development of
MVW technology. Big E Loudspeakers was formed with its name derived
from Tom's Naval moniker given to him by MM1(SW) Ranada while
serving in 1AMR aboard USS
Independence CV62 (Freedom's Flagship). The story
of Intimate Power derived from MVW technology continues to unfold.
DIY plans for the 612 and 218SLS
are available free at bigeloudspeakers.com
Meet the Inventors...
Thomas "Big E" Ewers
We will post Tom's bio ... soon ... maybe ...
We can say that the nickname Big E is a US Navy
thing. He was given the moniker "Big E" by MM1(SW)
Ranada because of the E in his last name as well as
a reference to The Enterprise CVN-65 while serving
aboard USS Independence CV-62. The logo was conceived
by Tom while serving in Yokosuka Japan. It is
comprised of the Kanji representing the word "big"
with a capital letter E superimposed. Later the
calligraphy for the Big E Loudspeakerstm
logo was drawn by Stephen Regier's mother, Lenora,
who was born near Shanghai China.
Stephen "Dr. PsYchoBoom" Regier
Steve started his loudspeaker building
career at the age of thirteen founding ICT
Electronics. The proprietorship built and repaired
custom loudspeaker cabinets and amplifiers. During
his educational career Steve also became an On-Air
personality and an FCC licensed engineer. Mr.
Regier's resume also includes logging in Michigan, a
restaurant turn-around-manager, an ASE certified
undercar specialist, founding a logistics company
and an IT consulting firm. Steve is also responsible
for much of the "interesting" humor found at Big E.
As far as the "Dr Psycho Boom" thing goes; he would
rather be called "BaronVonSteve", a long standing
nickname, but here at Big E he is the in-house DJ
and is always trying to make things go BOOM! so ...