CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) has named Bob Stuart, co-founder of Meridian Audio Ltd. and Inventor of MQA, as this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Bob is the first European winner of this prestigious industry accolade and will be recognised at the annual CEDIA Awards Celebration at CEDIA EXPO on October 17, 2015.

The CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership in the growth and advancement of the residential electronic systems industry. Nominations are submitted by industry professionals and are evaluated on the basis of achievement and service within the industry.

Bob Stuart started his career as a consultant for the audio industry. Since those early years, Bob has maintained a unique impact on the custom installation market in two ways, his products and concepts with the Meridian brand, such as Meridian's DSP320 architectural loudspeakers and the Sooloos multi-room system, as well as his work establishing new technologies and formats which continue to shape the world of entertainment, including the revolutionary new British technology Master Quality Authenticated (MQA).

Bob's involvement in the industry also goes far beyond the extensive list of products and concepts of which he has been a part of. He is actively involved in several organisations that have pushed the performance boundaries of performance of new audio formats that have been pivotal in the industry. Bob is an active member of the DVD Forum, a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), a member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and a visiting Fellow at Essex University in the UK.

"We are thrilled that Bob has been recognised with the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award," adds Wendy Griffiths, Executive Director of CEDIA EMEA. "His unrelenting desire to ensure that the original recording retains its quality when listening at home is behind many of our industry's innovations, and continues to drive his work today. We are especially proud that Bob is the first recipient of this prestigious, globally recognised Award to hail from the CEDIA EMEA region and warmly congratulate him on his achievement".

"Bob is one of the great ones, a brilliant innovator, passionate about our industry, and a true gentleman. The industry is a much better place because of him and his contributions to digital audio," said Larry Pexton, CEDIA Chairman.

Tickets for The CEDIA Awards Celebration, which will also recognise the award-winning work of CEDIA member home technology professionals, manufacturers, and volunteers, may be purchased through the registration process for CEDIA EXPO at or onsite. CEDIA EXPO will be hosted at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas October 14-17.

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CEDIA is the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, an international trade organisation spanning three continents with a global membership of over 3,500 companies. Its members specialise in the planning, design, supply, installation, integration, concealment and control of automated electronic systems for the modern, intelligent home. They can install anything from multi-room audio systems and home cinemas to complete home networks and sub-systems which intelligently control lighting, security, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), and even garden features, such as lighting and watering. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's website at Follow @CEDIA_EMEA on Twitter, find us on Facebook at, or join the CEDIA group on LinkedIn.

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