Ken Mason Inter-Society Award: Dan Taylor


Klipsch Audio's loudspeakers have been creating theatrical magic for more than 25 years. In the run-up to this year's ShoWest convention, The Hollywood Reporter's Chris Edling caught up with Klipsch sales engineer Dan Taylor, recipient of the 2008 Ken Mason Inter-Society Award for enhancement of cinema presentation.

The Hollywood Reporter: You have more than 30 years experience in the cinema theater industry. How did you get your start?
Dan Taylor: I began as a union projectionist in Boston, after graduating from Emerson College with a major in film.

THR: What is the biggest similarity of heading your own marketing firm (Dan Taylor Marketing) and your current job at Klipsch?
Taylor: When I was on my own, I was representing the products that I handpicked to be the best products out there. At Klipsch, I represent the loudspeaker company that I've always felt made the best product in the business. They're similar in that respect.

THR: What has Klipsch done to keep pace with audio innovations?
Taylor: We're making a heavy push back to the well-designed and simple. The loudspeaker business has gotten so complicated; our competitors are bi-amping and tri-amping everything. Klipsch has continued to innovate their design so the speaker itself is almost perfect without any electronics, without any equalization, so the true sound comes through instead of an overabundance of bells and whistles.

THR: You were an officer of the Inter-Society from 1985-1991, including roles as president and chairman. How has the organization changed since Ken Mason founded it?
Taylor: The biggest change is definitely the growth of the organization, with the establishment of bylaws and later the incorporation of the association.

THR: What's on the horizon for movie theater sound technology?
Taylor: I hope and believe there will be a return to the use of five full-range screen channels. As we go to larger screens and 3-D, having five channels adds tremendous depth and definition. The other fantastic thing we are deriving from digital is completely uncompressed digital soundtracks, as well as the evolution of loudspeakers and power amplifiers to play all those subtle nuances. As a sound guy in the movie business, I always remind people that there is radio, but there's no silent television. To me, sound is more than half of the picture