Meyer Sound has been the purveyor of what many consider to be the finest in sound reinforcement speaker systems, such as the MSL-3, the MSL-4, the 650P and the UPM1P. Now, Meyer Sound is in production with its 700-HP, high-powered subwoofer – which may be the best sub on the market.
Product PointsApplications: Live sound, installation
Key Features: Twin 18-inch woofers; onboard Meyer Sound HP-2 woofers; data port
Contact: Meyer Sound at 510-486-1166, Web Site.
The Meyer Sound 700-HP was actually designed to complement Meyer Sound’s Concert Series speakers but users have discovered it works well with other Meyer Sound systems (and even arrays horizontally within the MILO series). Physically, the 700-HP is a hardwood box, with a textured black finish, a powder-coated steel perforated grille and two handles on each side.
The cabinet measures 46 inches wide by 22.5 inches tall and 30 inches deep, weighing in at 204 pounds. The cabinet offers optional flying hardware, allowing attachment to a proprietary bumper system, as well as traveling, transporting, or ground stacking on a dolly capable of handling three subs stacked. On the top of each 700-HP are two recessed channels allowing for precise stacking by receiving the feet that are the exact same size as the receiver channel.
The rear panel of the Meyer Sound sub contains the necessary power and audio connections. The audio input is a three-pin XLR connector, offering a male and female in parallel, allowing for multiple units to be daisy-chained together with balanced cable. The power connector is a twist-lock 250-volt plug. The power section also contains two magnetic 10-Amp breakers, one for each pole or leg of power.
Additionally, there is a data port, allowing for remote monitoring of the amplifier section. When ordering the Meyer Sound 700-HP, you have the option of employing a Veam connector, which contains the power connections, the audio connections and the data connection.
The onboard power amplifiers are Meyer Sound-specific and are proprietary, the Meyer HP-2. The HP-2 power amp is capable of delivering 1,125 watts RMS per channel at four ohms, with a combined output of 2,250 watts to both 4-inch voice coil, 18-inch woofers. The internal power amp is force air cooled, keeping the HP-2 at a comfortable operating temperature. Each channel of the amplifier drives its own 18-inch woofer, with the woofer rated at 1,200 watts RMS at 4 ohms. The output of the cabinet is nondirectional, and is rated by Meyer Sound to be functional in the range of 28 Hz to 150 Hz with a peek output of 139 dB, being measured at 1 meter.
We tried these subs in every setting imaginable, putting them to test after test. Here are a few of the more memorable applications.
We used them at Harrah’s casino on at least 12 occasions, but most memorably with 70s country rock group Poco. The 700-HPs offered a previously unknown brand of smooth bass to complement the succinct vocal qualities of the band. On another occasion at Harrah’s we had Firefall, a similar type of band, where the 700-HPs excelled. The kick drum and bass guitar combination sounded very friendly and required virtually no EQ as these levels.
Okay, they sound great with 70s light rock heroes (in fact, downright studio like), but can they rock? We employed the Meyer Sound subs at numerous high-SPL gigs, but the application that took the cake, was using these subs as side fill subs for Slayer and Slipknot, together at one delightful show. The Meyer Sound 700-HPs rocked all night long, while subs of another leading brand were dropping like flies. Not once was there even an inkling of these subs bottoming out or audibly distorting. On yet another scenario, we employed the 700-HPs as drum fill subs, and this is an application at which they excelled, as closefield replication (6 – 8 feet away from drummer) of kick drum and bass guitar was unbelievable!
At light rock to mid level volumes, the 700-HP had an excellent low-end frequency response, working quite nicely in the 35 Hz and 40 Hz range, adding a very nice tone to bass guitar. In the same application, I found the kick drum sound to be tight, warm and never flabby. In the higher SPL situations, obviously one must be careful of attempting those kind of frequencies, as not to damage components, but the 700-HP still had the tight and warm tones it exhibited in lower SPL tests.
I’ve heard them all…all the subs in the world, and quite a few are pretty good, in fact excellent. But, the Meyer Sound 700-HP redefined the parameters of what a subwoofer should be. I heard tones from these subs that I had forgotten even existed. They coupled nicely, with no noticeable nulls or nodes, and very little sound coming off the back of the cabinet (nice if you’re a monitor guy). I give my complete recommendation for the Meyer Sound 700-HP subwoofer for any application requiring hi-fi dexterity, or the maximum huevos of heavy metal, and anywhere in between.