At ISE 2020 in Amsterdam, Meyer Sound is introducing two new compact, self-powered loudspeakers that leverage a new generation of technologies to provide exceptional versatility for covering a wide range of installed and portable applications.
The new ULTRA-X20 compact point source loudspeaker is a junior-sized version of the award winning ULTRA-X40 loudspeaker introduced at last year’s ISE show. It offers the same revolutionary design principles and advanced technologies but employs smaller drivers in a lighter and more compact package — a design that is new to Meyer Sound.
The ULTRA-X20 incorporates two 5-inch cone drivers, one 2-inch diaphragm compression driver and a rotatable 110°x 50° horn in a coaxial configuration. Power comes from a highly efficient three-channel Class D amplifier with sophisticated DSP, with everything fitted inside a compact cabinet that measures a mere 19.5 cm wide by 48.4 cm high by 21.8 cm deep and weighs only 11.8 kg. Preliminary performance specifications give an operating frequency range of 60 Hz to 18 kHz, phase response of ±45° (100 Hz – 16 kHz) and linear peak SPL of 123.5 dB measured with M-Noise.
“The ULTRA-X20 is a breakthrough in power-to-size ratio,” says Pablo Espinosa, Meyer Sound’s vice president and chief loudspeaker designer. “It is 30 percent smaller and 7 percent lighter than our UPJunior loudspeaker yet it offers equivalent output power and — thanks to the new coaxial design — much more consistent pattern control below the crossover point.”
The ULTRA-X20 may be ordered with any one of three connector panel options. The two AC powered versions both have looping Powercon connectors with choice of 3-pin XLR for audio or 5-pin XLR for audio and RMS remote monitoring. Another version is offered for integration in IntelligentDC systems (audio and remote DC powering on a single cable) and a 5-pin Phoenix connector.
Two additional variants are offered, identical except for the patterns of the rotatable horn: ULTRA-X22 (80°x 50°) and ULTRA-X23 (110°x 110°).
Transport, mounting and rigging options are offered for every conceivable application. A carry handle is standard but easily removable. Two integral M8 rigging points on each end enable use of a pole mount, single point hang, wall or ceiling mounting, or yoke mount in horizontal or vertical orientation at any angle. Four additional M6 points on the heatsink are compatible with most industry-standard wall mount brackets. A weather protected version is available with sealed connectors that eliminate the need for rain hoods.
For extended low frequency power, the ULTRA-X20 may be paired with the new USW-112P subwoofer, the 750-LFC low-frequency control element or USW-210P subwoofer. The ULTRA-X20 is natively aligned with the 750-LFC to maximise ease of use in portable applications to allow rapid deployment with minimal effort.
The USW-112P compact subwoofer packs robust low frequency performance into a slender, self-powered package measuring less than 30 cm deep. The slanted connector panel allows placement flush to walls, in vertical or horizontal orientation, making the USW-112P an ideal choice when stage or installation space is limited.
The USW-112P houses a single 12-inch long-excursion driver along with a highly efficient class D amplifier and advanced digital signal processing. The cabinet design features a low velocity port, based on the USW-210P, with optimised tuning for linear response and low distortion. Preliminary performance specifications include a linear peak output (measured with M-Noise signal) of 123 dB SPL across an operating frequency range of 35 Hz to 140 Hz. Phase response measures ±30° from 45 Hz to 120 Hz.
The USW-112P subwoofer measures z59 cm high by 34.3 cm wide x 30 cm deep. Weight is 21.3 kg.
Versions of the USW-112P are offered with either direct AC powering or for integration into systems using IntelligentDC, Meyer Sound’s exclusive technology for supplying both DC power and audio from a remote, rack-mount unit over a single cable. The USW-112XP is the most powerful subwoofer offered with IntelligentDC. Optional facilities also are offered for Meyer Sound’s RMS system for comprehensive remote monitoring.
The USW-112P is supplied standard with a removable carry handle and M8 rigging points on the top and bottom. A side-mounted, 35mm/M20 thread pole mount receptacle is available as an option. Using an M20 to M8 thread adapter, the USW-112P can be flown from a single eyebolt. An optional U-bracket facilitates mounting to a truss, ceiling or wall. A weather protected version uses sealed connectors (IP-X4 or higher rating), eliminating the need for rain hoods.
“The USW-112P is an extraordinarily versatile subwoofer,” says Pablo Espinosa, Meyer Sound’s vice president and chief loudspeaker designer. “With its shallow footprint and light weight, it can go anywhere and fit anywhere, from churches and clubs to restaurants and small theatres.”