The MECA SQL Judges Training Covered 3 Days

NASHVILLE, TN (02.25.2020) – MECA Commissioner Steve Stern organized and hosted the annual SQL Judges Training session in Nashville on February 21st – 23th. Fourteen serious Sound Quality League judge trainees participated in listening sessions throughout the weekend. MECA trains judges on an on-going basis, always on the lookout for the most talented listeners and scorers for Sound Quality contests.

MECA Commish Steve Stern with the new 2020 SQL Rulebook.

Bringing their ears to the mix: Nick Adams-CA, Chad Bleeke-IN, Dean Elzey-TX, Mike Flanagan-MS, Eric Halfacre-TN, Thomas Hendrix-SC, Klifton and Ethan Keplinger-IN, Jeremy Price and Andrea Paulson-TX, Sean Scott-PA, Mike “Conehead” Shubert-TN, Tim Smith TN and John Yi-CA.

Jeremy Price (L) and Thomas Hendrix enjoy dinner Friday night at the Caney Fork Grill while listening to the Mel-tones playing live at the table.

Friday night featured dinner and live unamplified bluegrass music at Caney Fork Grill. The Mel-tones are a must-hear for judges, and all were treated to 5 songs played live right at the table.

Saturday included listening sessions leading up to the Beethoven’s Birthday Bash concert at the Nashville Symphony Hall that night. Most of the focus during the day Saturday was on the technical side of training and geared toward scoring the official test tracks approved by MECA SQL. Four vehicles were on site for judges to score. Plus, everyone was getting dialed into the 2020 SQL Rule Book overview and fine points.

Vinny Taylor conducting a Saturday session at the Holiday Inn Express meeting room. Taylor is MECA’s longtime SQL Coordinator.

On Sunday Audio Specialists in Clarksville, TN hosted the annual Freezefest SQL event at their new store location which provided a great venue for 19 vehicles involved in the 3X points contest. XS Power was on-board for awards as Tennessee Title Sponsor for 2020. The day’s activity was integrated into a SQOLOGY event with Klifton Keplinger directing the show. MECA’s longtime SQL Coordinator, Vinny Taylor, conducted the judge listening sessions during the show. Results are listed with the event at During the day Sunday there was an SPL event at the Tennessee Speed and Sport location in Nashville.

A group of the MECA Judges entering the Nashville Symphony Hall for the Beethoven’s Birthday Bash performance Saturday night.

Excitement at the events was evident with new competitors and new vehicles plus the batch of new engaged Judges for the club members to work with at the contests.

MECA judges seated in the Nashville Symphonic Hall for the Beethoven’s Birthday Bash performance.

“The weekend was a great team effort which benefits the mobile electronics industry plus all professionals and enthusiasts who love cars and trucks, the gear, and Music” Stern stated.

Contact the Commissioner at or call 615-851-7428 to get information, and to join the club and benefit from the program.

Fortified SQL for 2020

NASHVILLE, TN (02.12.2020) – MECA’s Sound Quality League (SQL) program is growing, with more people involved as competitors and judges for the 2020 season. With 80+ vehicles involved in SQL contests at both the 2018 and 2019 Finals, MECA entertained the largest sound quality groups in the club’s history. With the 2020 season underway, the state of MECA SQL is strong.

Steve Stern, MECA COMMISH, has the new MECA SQL Rules Book set for 2020.

The 4X SQL contests were well received during the 2019 season, the first year these elite events were offered. With major support from ARC Audio as Title Sponsor for the series, MECA will elevate the sound quality contests, using the 3 judge rating system for each vehicle. Each judge scores the systems, and the average score determines the winner. MECA has used a 100 point scoring system since 1999, updated and improved as needed over the years. ARC Audio’s participation will help to pay for travel expenses for the judges, the most experienced and talented “ears” in the organization.

MECA’s annual SQL Judge Training session will be held in Nashville on the weekend of 2/22-23. This is the largest class of judge hopefuls to date, with 18 signed up from TX, CA, TN, SC, PA, and IN. On Saturday, judges will be trained specifically on scoring the sound quality contests. This will include listening to source music tracks on a “reference” system, a live performance with TN string band The Goodies, and the Beethoven Festival concert at the Nashville Symphony. Training will be held at Stu Phillips’ Stage d’or, owned by the Grand Old Opry Hall of Fame entertainer. Trainees will practice real-world scoring at MECA’s annual Freezefest event (part of the SQLOLOGY series) on Sunday, working at Audio Specialists store in Clarksville, TN. Several SQL World Champion vehicles will be there for training listening sessions, including Rob Bess’ 2019 Culbertson Cup winner. The SQL Judge Training session provides several listening experiences, so that judges can compare and concepetualize the quality and realism of SQL systems. Commisioner Steve Stern and SQL Coordinator Vinny Taylor will conduct the training.

The 2020 SQL Rule Book is posted at:
No major changes were added, only verifications and some necessary judging guidelines.

Contact the Commissioner at or 615-851-7428 to review options for SQL contests for worthy promotions for Retailers and Manufacturers. MECA is very active at: and PM’s are welcome.