Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing & Acoustics International
The Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing & Acoustics International (ALMA International) is a not-for-profit trade association open to companies that design, manufacture, sell and/or test loudspeakers, loudspeaker components, and loudspeaker systems.
The American Loudspeaker Manufacturers Association (ALMA) was founded in 1964 and was originally composed solely of U.S. loudspeaker manufacturers, then expanded to include North, Central and South America. In 2001, the association expanded its membership base to become a global organization to better reflect its growing international membership base. The association is now known as ALMA - The International Loudspeaker Association.
Membership is open to companies, employees, consultants, individuals and full-time students participating in this and/or related fields. Universities and other academic institutions are eligible to join as supporting members.
ALMA has several committees:
ALMA sets technical standards for the industry and coordinates international standards with AES, EIA and IEC as part of establishing, publishing and promoting technical standards for use in designing and manufacturing loudspeakers and loudspeaker components.
ALMA International holds an annual event called "ALMA International Symposium & Expo" currently held in Las Vegas, Nevavda, USA just before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The event is designed to showcase the loudspeaker and acoustics industry through education, networking, demonstrations, and exhibits. It is the only event of its kind in the world.
ALMA publishes the Test Signal CD developed as a companion to the EIA-426-B standard: “Loudspeakers, Optimum Amplifier Power (April 1998)” also known as ANSI/EIA-426-B-1998.