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ISE 2019: Meyer Sound previews new point source speaker design

The new series uses technologies and designs drawn from Meyer Sound’s LEO Family of line arrays, and is, according to Meyer Sound, set to make as much of an impact as the UPA-1P did when it was first released in the ‘90s

As of ISE 2019, Meyer Sound has presented an innovative redesign of its point source loudspeakers, the ULTRA-X40 series.

The new series features a concentric driver configuration, new amplifier and processor technologies drawn from Meyer Sound’s LEO Family of line arrays, a rotatable horn and a wide selection of rigging options.

“The ULTRA-X40 is the first in a completely new generation of Meyer Sound point source loudspeakers,” remarked Meyer Sound senior VP of Marketing, John McMahon. “We are confident it will redefine the category of compact loudspeakers as much as the UPA-1P did when it was first introduced back in the late nineties. The ULTRA-X40 offers significant advantages across an exceptionally broad range of portable and installed applications.”

Inspired by the design of the LEO Family, the ULTRA-X40 employs a concentric driver configuration with dual 8-inch neodymium magnet cone drivers coupled to a low-mid waveguide surrounding the single 3-inch diaphragm high-frequency compression driver. The 110° x 50° Constant-Q HF horn is easily field rotatable, and working alongside the concentric design, it ensures that the full bandwidth coverage pattern will be uniform with either horizontal or vertical orientation.

The ULTRA-X40 also incorporates a newly designed and highly efficient 3-channel class D amplifier that produces a total peak output power of 1950 W with low power consumption. It has a total system weight of only 55 pounds (25 kg), more than 20 pounds less than the UPA-1P.

Performance specifications include an operating frequency range of 60 Hz to 18 kHz, with a linear peak SPL of 130.5 dB measured with M-Noise, free-field at 4 m and referred to 1 m. Refined signal processing with advanced phase alignment methods results in a phase response of ± 45° from 100 Hz to 16 kHz.

The rear-panel features a female XLR 3-pin input connector with a male loop output. The optional RMS remote system monitoring module provides comprehensive monitoring of loudspeaker parameters from a host computer running Compass software. In addition, the optional XLR 5-pin connectors version of the input board accommodates both balanced audio and RMS signals and the AC line power is furnished via loop-through powerCON 20 connectors.

Housed in a multi-ply birch enclosure with textured finish, ULTRA-X40 loudspeakers measure 12.51 inches (318 mm) wide, 22.31 inches (567 mm) high and 14 inches (356 mm) deep. An integral handle for portable applications is standard, but it may be quickly removed for permanent installation. Flexible mounting and rigging is facilitated by 11 integral M8 points as well as an integral 35 mm pole mount receptacle with an M20 threaded insert socket for added stability.

Optional rigging accessories include a U-bracket, yoke, pick-up plates for horizontal or vertical orientation, and brackets for grouping in horizontal or vertical clusters. Full weather protection and custom colour finishes are also available.