Meyer Sound announces CAL steerable column array loudspeakers
|High-resolution audio, ultra-compact and low-voltage installation solutions will be the focus of Meyer Sound’s offerings at ISE2010, Amsterdam. Visitors to stand 1F120 will be the very first to see a the CAL series of loudspeakers designed to provide vocal intelligibility in highly reverberant environments. Also shown will be the latest products in Meyer Sound’s expanding line of compact and easy-to-install self-powered loudspeakers.
The self-powered steerable Column Array Loudspeakers (CAL) are designed to offer unprecedented control and low-profile aesthetics. The CAL loudspeakers feature vertical coverage control and low-distortion sound developed and refined through years of research in steering sound technology. Without sacrificing any power, the vertical beam can be angled up or down 30 degrees and can be configured with vertical beam widths from five to 60 degrees. Multiple or split beams can be used as needed to fit the application.
Using a range of vertical control presets programmed for the steerable column array loudspeakers, system integrators can choose the angle and dispersion to accurately project sound where needed while avoiding surfaces that interfere with speech signal transmissions. For acoustically challenging spaces such as churches, mosques, airports, cruise ships, stadiums, and theme parks, intelligible voice reproduction and smooth audio coverage can now be achieved with fewer, strategically placed loudspeakers, effectively preserving a venue’s aesthetic integrity.
The high-fidelity CAL steerable column array loudspeakers incorporate powerful digital signal processing as found in the Meyer Sound D-Mitri digital audio platform, and are built upon sound directivity research in collaboration with the University of California Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT). Designed to be used for sound field synthesis applications and optimized for beam steering, each driver and tweeter is powered by a dedicated amplifier channel to accurately control the vertical behavior. CAL provides 120 degrees of horizontal coverage and is available in three versions of column lengths ranging from less than one meter up to 1.8 meters to meet an installation’s power and coverage requirements, operating across a frequency range of 150 Hz to 10 kHz. CAL supports AES/EBU digital and AVB-enabled Ethernet inputs in addition to line level analog inputs, and is equipped with the RMS remote monitoring system. Available options include weather protection and custom color finishes. Product will begin shipping in December 2010
The UP-4XP compact loudspeaker, the MM-4XPD directional miniature loudspeaker, the MM-10 miniature subwoofer, and the MM-4XP miniature loudspeaker will be on display as well at ISE. All four loudspeakers can be connected to the MPS-488 power supply, a remote rack-mount unit that supplies 48V DC power and balanced audio over a single cable using one 5-pin connector. This approach preserves the sonic advantages of self-powered systems while at the same time enabling simplified, low-cost installation. Custom colours and flushmount options keep these loudspeakers out of sight where visibility is concerned. Optimization tools like the MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program and RMS (remote monitoring system) ensure predictable system performance.
Booth visitors are welcome to discuss with company staff how Meyer Sound’s Cinema Experience series and Constellation acoustic system can be applied to transform the listening experience for an audience.
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