International offices branch out from the company's historic base in south-west Germany; a localised sales, service and support network that can cite installations as far and wide as Sydney Opera House; Oblix at the Shard, London; Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; Pacha in Ibiza; the Johann Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam; and 1Oak in Tokyo.
Today, the research, development and manufacturing that takes place at d&b's HQ in Germany returns a truly comprehensive product portfolio, created with business and user needs in mind, with a functionality, feature set and cost efficiently tailored to the task.
For d&b, two ideas have stood the test of time, supporting and uniting a generation of audio enthusiasts who know that sound is about more than volume - it is something shared, wanted and experienced, just like any form of art.
The first idea is the belief that everyone should experience the same impeccable quality of sound, regardless of their position in a space. This mission can be expressed in three words: democracy for listeners.
The second is the idea that loudspeakers and electronics should be built systematically, that is, to work in total unity. As a result, d&b loudspeakers can only be driven by d&b amplifiers - a technically beneficial union, maximising efficiency, consistency and ease of use. A fully integrated way of working that sets d&b apart from the crowd.
Technological development at d&b has long been driven by a preoccupation (some would say obsession) with the directivity of sound - on keeping sound and silence where they should be. This approach has culminated in the arrival of both the xC-Series and SL-Series - loudspeakers that reject energy to the rear, significantly reducing excitation of the reverberant field, resulting in minimised reflections indoors and lower sound emissions to unnecessary areas outdoors.
Additionally, d&b's proprietary NoizCalc and ArrayCalc software programs work in unity to predict the sound propagation from one or more d&b loudspeaker systems. With these tools, the optimal sonic experience is delivered reliably and faithfully to the right ears, and not the wrong ones.
Finally, with the d&b Soundscape, a remarkable toolkit is available to further enhance audience connection and understanding. By allowing the placement and movement of 'sound sources' - for example, a public speaker on stage, a group of musicians, or actors in a play - the entire audience can hear what it sees and vice versa. The brain is freed of unnecessary acoustic ballast and the listener's senses are stimulated, making it easy to stay focused and aware.
When visual aesthetics are high on the agenda, d&b loudspeakers can blend sensitively into their surroundings, leaving listeners comfortably unaware of their existence. While bespoke colour options are not new to d&b, the RAL palette has been expanded to offer a wider range of options - including high-gloss or metallic paint finishes - for all d&b loudspeakers, no matter the project size or complexity.