Historic Montana Barn: Outside

Graham Nash — of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — has a story about his friend, Neil Young rowing out on the lake of his secluded ranch with him in 1972 to listen to Neil’s new record “Harvest”. Neil waved at someone, and the music started to play in the countryside. Graham realized that Neil had his house wired as the left speaker, and his barn wired as the right speaker. Someone shouted to Neil from the shore, “How is it?” and Neil shouted back “MORE BARN”!

Concert Grade Meyer Sound System

This Historic Montana barn lives close to our hearts. Poindexter’s has been evolving and adjusting the sound, video and control systems at this ranch for 19 years. The owners are very passionate about music, and they’ve pushed us to learn and be creative. This may be the only residence to have a concert grade Meyer line array system. A set of large Meyer subwoofers hidden in the rock work at the base of the deck bolster the low frequency sound.

This barn’s sound system images really well from 40 to 80 meters out from the barn. It can deliver clean, audiophile sound quality at rock concert volume levels all day and night if needed. It’s an exciting and jaw dropping experience to hear this system. It is also audible from 2+ miles away dependent upon weather conditions. Montana receives extreme weather, and this system has withstood the test of time, wind, hail, rain, and snow for 19 years with only one or two minor fixes- a testament to the quality of Meyer Sound equipment.

Two Generations of Sound

The banner photo at the top of this page shows the barn’s first generation sound system installed in 2002. This system featured a set of “point source” traditional speakers and a pair of passive subwoofers placed in “dog houses” out in the yard. We updated the system to the current Meyer Sound self powered MICA line array in 2005.

The 2nd generation Meyer system was installed as streaming music services were still evolving. The system is controlled via an Apple iPad linked to a Crestron Control System and a Sonos Connect that calls up uncompressed audio files from Deezer and Tidal. Additional audio input provisions were also provided on the side of the barn.  This allows a mixing board to plug into the sound system for a live band, or outdoor movie.

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