Meyer Sound, a company established by John and Helen Meyer in 1979, has been known for innovative products for more than two decades. Meyer Sound has always looked beyond loudspeaker cabinet design to create totally integrated, systems-comprehensive solutions that encompass transducer design, signal processing and power amplification. The M2D Compact Curvilinear Array uses these foundations in its design, and at $7,500 list price, is a powerful product worthy of consideration by anyone in the market for a mid-sized line array speaker system.
Product PointsApplications: Live sound, sound reinforcement
Key Features: Twin 10-inch drivers; high-frequency compression driver with a 4-inch diaphragm with Ribbon Emulation Manifold technology and 90-degree constant directivity horn; onboard 600W MOSFET power amplifier; QuickFly rigging system
Contact: Meyer Sound Labs at 510-486-1166, Web Site.
The M series comprises three loudspeaker types: M3D Line Array (large venue), M2D Compact Curvilinear Array Loudspeaker (medium venue), and M1D Ultra-Compact Curvilinear Array Loudspeaker for small venue applications. All types of M series loudspeakers come with their own subwoofer product. The M series are self-powered loudspeakers that use Meyer’s QuickFly rigging and integrate with most other Meyer Sound loudspeakers. Using traditional linear array principles, these loudspeaker systems utilize advanced engineering to optimize line array performance for consistent, reliable coverage. The RMS (Remote Monitoring System) is standard and weather-protected versions are available for outdoor applications.
The M2D Compact Curvilinear Array Loudspeaker is for medium-scale reinforcement applications where the need of vertical coverage is the main consideration. At physical dimensions of 39 inches W x 12.1 inches H x 17.5 inches D and 116 pounds, it is compact but not in its performance. The M2D is designed to provide a vertical array of up to 16 cabinets having 0 to 7 degrees of splay between speaker cabinets. Operating frequency range is 60 Hz – 16 kHz. The flexible system allows the tailoring of vertical coverage by varying the number of speakers and splay of units in the array while maintaining 90 degrees of horizontal coverage.
The M2D-Sub Compact Subwoofer, flown on top of the array, extends system bandwidth to 30 Hz and increases low-frequency acoustical energy. The M2D is loaded with two 10-inch mid-LF drivers and one HF compression driver with a 4-inch diaphragm. Utilizing Meyer’s REM (Ribbon Emulation Manifold), it couples a single compression driver to a 1.5-inch exit on a 90-degree constant directivity horizontal coverage horn.
To maintain the smoothest response in the critical midrange, the M2D uses a complex crossover design where the lowest frequencies are reproduced by combining the 10-inch drivers, while in the mid frequencies the crossover only feeds one of the two 10-inch drivers.
The Meyer M2D uses a MOSFET power amplifier with 700 watts total output capability. Each driver in the subwoofer is rated to handle 1,200 AES watts with a two-channel MOSFET amplifier. Automatic voltage selection is built into the power supply, which is a good feature that enables the system to work worldwide, with no need to manually select the voltage supplied. This high output compact system is rated at a maximum peak SPL of 136 dB at 1 meter for the array speaker and an impressive 139 dB at 1 meter for the subwoofer – very efficient, indeed.
QuickFly rigging for the system is well-designed. Using front and rear adjustable links splay adjustments are a snap, eliminating the need of a pull-back strap. All rigging connections use quick release pins for quick setup and tear down. Designed with transport and packing in mind, an optional road case accommodates either two stacked M2D Compact Speakers or a single M2D Sub.
With ease of setup and touring in mind, Meyer has offered a Veam all-in-one connection as an option. This outstanding feature replaces the Neutrik AC connector and places AC power, audio signal and RMS data into one multipin, quick make-and-break connector.
I used the M2D speakers with M2D subs at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in southern California with Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra Jr. and a 42-piece orchestra, which gave me ample time to listen to the system. A typical left and right speaker system was employed with two M2D Subs flown with 10 M2D Curvilinear Array speakers per side. Each cluster was flown off of one point, as that was all that was available at the venue. Its assembly and rigging is well -esigned and was quick and efficient to fly and set coverage angles.
The sound system for this engagement was initially designed with the use of the Meyer Sound MAPP Online multipurpose acoustical prediction program design software. It illustrates the speaker’s response and coverage with determined speaker angles. This program also provides soundfield and SIM virtual frequency response predictions. It is an incredibly powerful tool to use when designing sound systems for any physical space. After the system was flown, Dave Lawler, the contractor for the Cerritos installation, was on-site to provide SIM System II FFT analysis of the room and setting of initial EQ, gain and delay settings of the various systems.
This was the first time I used a line array system where the cluster was zoned. Using a BSS Soundweb, the M2D speakers split up to provide separate gain control and EQ of the flown subs, top two speakers, next four speakers down, and bottom four speakers in each cluster. This was critical in achieving consistent coverage and sound quality throughout the whole venue – easy to setup with a self-powered system.
Upon initial listening to the speakers with a CD, I was immediately impressed with the speaker imaging and even quality of the sound while walking the entire theater. Listening to the system with Tony Bennett and Frank Jr.’s vocal microphone capsule – the Neumann KK-105 – I found the system to be very clear and transparent in the midrange and high frequency. After some EQ adjustments at the console to optimize the sound of the vocal microphone, I found it provided everything I would want from a sound system. This compact curvilinear array provides an astonishing amount of punch for its physical size. The flown sub bass is amazing and offers a very tight, full response of sound all the way to the top of the theater.
When listening onstage, I was impressed with the lack of sound that comes off the back of the speaker clusters providing excellent isolation of the PA to the stage sound. When I stood onstage with the monitors on, I would not have known the sound system was on; the image on stage was perfect. This was even more evident considering I had 68 open microphones used on the orchestra. All of the instruments had a very natural open sound to them, exactly what I look for in a quality sound reinforcement system.
The Meyer Sound M series takes the company’s inventory another step in the right direction. Since the 1980s it has been known to manufacture engineered products that excel. It has been aware of the need to provide horizontal arrays with trapezoidal cabinets. The M Series extends this concept vertically, covering every application where vertical coverage is desired. I would have no reservations about taking out a Meyer M series in the future. Its quality of sound, rigging features and optional Veam connections make this a sure winner.