Galaxy Audio

 By 1977,  Superior Sound, operated by  Brock Jabara and his partner Jim Pearce, had already logged eight years in the concert sound business.  Banks of their cavernous black boxes flanked the stages of concert halls and arenas all over the country, providing sound for Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees, Asleep at the Wheel, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jean Luc Ponty, James Brown, and countless others.  When Superior Sound outfitted a show, they supplied the equipment and the personnel.  If something wasn't right, Brock and Jim heard about it then and there, they were the ones manning the board.

Superior Sound was on the road with Mike Finnigan, a noted side man (Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills and Nash) who was launching a solo career.  Being from the same city (Wichita), Brock and Jim and Mike went way back.  But that didn't stop Finnigan from complaining on stage anytime something in the mix failed to meet his standards. Sometimes in mid song he'd stop just to gripe, "I can't hear the monitors!"  Brock and Jim were like survivors of a shipwreck, stranded on their mixing console island in a sea of rowdy concert goers with the main attraction berating them from the stage. "I can't hear myself!  Turn up the (bleeping) monitors!"  Even with 100 watts of power being pumped into each of the two massive floor wedges positioned next to Finnigan's keyboard, every night was the same, "Turn up the monitors!"  The boos and catcalls began to have a decidedly negative effect on the crew's morale.

The challenge was to produce a monitor that could be heard above any din.  During a mid-tour break, Brock directed speaker builder Larry Schneider, at Superior Sound's Wichita shop, to cram 5-inch drivers four abreast in an enclosure that could fit atop a keyboard or microphone (mic) stand.

Back with the tour it was business as usual except for a single change in the on-stage monitor array.  One channel, 350 watts, of a Phase Linear 700, was allotted to the skinny plywood cabinet that rested about three feet from Finnigan's face.  The house lights dimmed.  Midway through the first set the point at which Finnigan would customarily begin his nightly tirade about the inadequacies of the sound system, he paused to ask, "Could you please turn down the monitor?"

The guys from Superior Sound knew they were on to something. Still, a few bugs remained.  Overloading the speakers with eight or nine times as much power as their drivers were designed to handle sometimes produced surprising results: like the time one of the prototypes caught fire (actually burst into flames) during a show.  Occasional pyrotechnics notwithstanding, the world's first personal monitors were an immediate hit with the musicians who used them.  It was obvious that with some refinement the new products could fill a long standing void in the marketplace.  Superior Sound began to metamorphose from speaker rental company to speaker manufacturing company.  Galaxy Audio was born.

Galaxy's first order of  business was to ask our original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to construct drivers capable of handling significantly heavier power loads than the 10-watt models then being used.  The OEM added features usually found on much larger drivers: nonferrous  and heavy-duty .  With improved power handling capacity two drivers could do the work of  four, and the size of the cabinet could be reduced by half.  Performance and quality were further enhanced when we began manufacturing our own drivers.  Later,  cooling (a process whereby a metallic emulsion is used to speed the dissipation of heat from the voice coil) was adopted, a change that resulted in an increase in the 5-inch driver's power handling capability from an already impressive 60 watts to 100 watts.  That made it possible for each 8 pound HOT SPOT to easily accommodate (get this) 200 watts. A new word was introduced into the English language, "SPLOWT," speaker's splowt states the relationship between its maximum SPL and its weight. The HOT SPOT boasts one of the world's highest splowts: 19.8 bB!

The material being used to build the cabinets had its own limitations (other than flammability).  Plywood HOT SPOTS looked like the kind of stuff  being cranked out in countless garages and basements.  Cheap copies began to turn up all over the place.

The second generation HOT SPOTS were reinforced with Fiberglass, which made them more airtight, infinitely stronger, and nigh unto impossible to bootleg.  After Fiberglass came molded ABS plastic and the trapezoidal shape that gives the present day HOT SPOT its distinctive profile.

Today more than 275,000 HOT SPOTs are in use.

PSE/HH52 HANDHELD SYSTEM: 16 channels; includes 1 PSER Receiver, 1 HH52 Dynamic Mic/Transmitter, rack ears
Galaxy Audio PSER/52LV PSE/52LV LAV SYSTEM: 16 channels; includes 1 PSER Receiver, 1 MBP52 transmitter, lav mic (AS-LV-U3BK), rack ears
Galaxy Audio TRAVELER 10 W/AUDIO LINK, 1 REC, MIC with 1 rec with Hand Held mic transmitter
Galaxy Audio TRAVELER 10 W/AUDIO LINK, 1 REC and Transmitter
Galaxy Audio TRAVELER 10" SLIP COVER-protective slip cover for Traveler 10 has storage space and handle access
Galaxy Audio DELUXE TRIPOD SPEAKER STAND: Deluxe speaker stand, stand height 58"-80.75" (1.47m-2.05m), weight 9lbs (4kg), base radius 40.5" (1.03m
TRAVELER PENDANT STYLE BODY PACK TRANSMITTERThe AS-TVBPT is a 24MHz bandwidth 16/96 Channel UHF Wireless Transmitter capable of operating up to 150' (in optimal conditions)
Galaxy Audio 16.5" CONDENSER GOOSENECK MIC: Back Electret Condenser/Cardioid; 50-18kHz, Integral 3 - pin XLR(M)-, 0.75" x 16.7", black
Galaxy WMIC ANTENNA DISTRIBUTOR: Distributes the antenna and power for up to 4 Wireless Microphone Systems (PSE, TRC, DHT, or CTS Series). BNC connectors, single rack space
Galaxy Audio CONDENSER SUPER-CARDIOID HANDHELD MIC:(group, chan, batt level, lock status), gain control, Infrared sync w/receiver, powered from 2- AA batteries (about 6 hours)
Galaxy UNI LAV/LAPEL MIC: Uni-directional lav/lapel microphone, TA3F connector, 50Hz-19kHz, mic
16 Input, 8 XLR Mic Input & 4 Stereo Inputs 8 +48V Phantom Powered Mic Preamps 8 Easy to use Built in Compressors 3 Band EQ with Sweep Mids on Each Channel 16 Effects with Tap USB Audio Interface 8 Channel Inserts 3 AUX Sends Per Channel PFL on Each Channel Balanced Main Outputs
•300' Range •UHF Frequency •Diversity Antennas •Single Rack Mount Included
TV8 Travler Speaker, With battery, Transmitter/Receiver Hand Held Mic and BT receiver option
TV8 Traveler Speaker with battery and Receiver
DC CHARGER: charges any combination of two body packs or handhelds at once CHARGER FOR AS-1500R, HH64, HH76, MBP76. Galaxy Audio WMC-CGR
Galaxy Body Pack Transmitter for DHT Wireless
Galaxy Audio CONDENSER SUPER-CARDIOID HANDHELD MIC:(group, chan, batt level, lock status), gain control, Infrared sync w/receiver, powered from 2- AA batteries (about 6 hours)
POWERED HOT SPOT: 170 watt, 6.5" neo woofer & 1.5" tweeter, 2 XLR/1/4" combo inputs w/20dB pad, 1/8" input, pass through, built in compressor/limiter, stand adaptor included, 7.75" x 11.75" x 6.75", 6.4lbs Galaxy Audio PA6S