Antonio L.A. Reid
Posted October 2012
Antonio L.A. Reid is a multiple GRAMMY Award-winning record producer/CEO and multiple Legacy Audio speaker user. He has earned 18 BMI awards and produced or co-written 33 No. 1 singles.
In 2016, L.A. Reid called his Legacy Speaker System his Best Investment, learn more here.
Speakers used: Legacy doubleHELIX & Legacy Focus SE
L.A. first chose Legacy doubleHELIX speakers in 2007 during a shootout among top speaker manufacturers. In 2011, after being named Chairman and CEO at Epic Records, he once again chose Legacy- the Focus SE is currently being utilized by Mr. Reid at Sony Music Entertainment in Beverly Hills, CA.
Most familiar to TV audiences as a judge alongside colleagues Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul on TV's "The X Factor", L.A. Reid is a man of discriminating taste- from his attire to his speaker systems. Viewers might recognize the familiar design of both vintage and current Legacy Audio speakers televised alongside L.A. on "The X Factor."
In the spring of 2007 Legacy director of research and development, Bill Dudleston, was given the challenge of designing a new speaker system for the largest recording company in the world, Universal Music Group. More importantly, it would be utilized by the legendary producer/CEO/Chairman, Antonio "L.A." Reid.
The playback system was given the arduous task of covering the 40 seat Manhattan conference room, providing uniquely good imaging for all listeners, yet serving up club-like SPLs. After months of modeling, Bill and his team of engineers came up with a system that could image like Whisper and Helix but provide unprecedented impact in a mastering quality monitor. With the assistance of UMG's Dave Soto and Legacy east coast representative, John Niski, the system was installed on June 23.
Driven by a dozen McIntosh monoblocs with four channels of Crown amplification on the subs, the system features 16 individual DSP speaker cells, stacked 4 cells high to form four individual towers. After a shoot-out featuring several of the top professional and home audio speaker manufacturers, Legacy walked away the winner. Following careful evaluation, a glowing L.A. Reid congratulated Bill and staff "I absolutely love them. ...You have an incredible talent. I think you should name these speakers after me... you can call them the A.R. M-02s!'
A favorite of recording and mastering studios, audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts alike, the Focus SE is the reference standard in full range speakers.View Details
The double Helix is capable of high SPL audio of the highest quality while maintaining a controlled radiation pattern via DSP. This super speaker system was originally designed for L.A. Reid and Universal Music Group and is employed in the Michael Jackson Conference Center at SONY/Epic Studios in Manhattan.View Details