CEDIA named J. Robert Stuart, co-founder of Meridian Audio Ltd. and inventor of MQA, as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Stuart will be recognized at the annual CEDIA Awards Celebration at CEDIA EXPO on October 17, 2015.

The CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes 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.

J. Robert Stuart, known by his friends as Bob, started his career as a consultant for the audio industry. Since those early years Bob has maintained a unique impact on the custom integration market in two ways: his products and concepts with the Meridian brand, as well as his work establishing new technologies and formats which continue to shape the world of entertainment, including the new British technology Master Quality Authenticated (MQA).

Stuart’s involvement in the industry goes far beyond the extensive list of products and concepts of which he has been a part of, CEDIA noted. He is actively involved in several organizations that have pushed the boundaries of performance of new audio formats that have been pivotal in the industry. Stuart is an active member of the DVD Forum, and a Fellow of AES; a member of ASA and a visiting Fellow at Essex University.

“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 recognize the award-winning work of CEDIA member home technology professionals, manufacturers, and volunteers, may be purchased through the registration process for CEDIA EXPO at www.cedia.net/expo or onsite. CEDIA EXPO will be hosted at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas October 14 to 17.