Meyer Sound is shipping its LEOPARD-M80 narrow coverage linear line array, a new variant of the LEOPARD loudspeaker designed for focused coverage and long-throw applications. LEOPARD-M80 is identical to the existing LEOPARD design except that it provides a controlled 80° horizontal pattern instead of the 110° coverage of the original model.
Because the vertical coverage and rigging hardware are identical to the original LEOPARD, the new LEOPARD-M80 may be configured in mixed arrays of both loudspeaker variants. LEOPARD-M80 loudspeakers in the upper array section provide focused long-throw coverage while LEOPARD loudspeakers below spread horizontal coverage for closer seating sections. Arrays configured with only LEOPARD-M80 loudspeakers can offer a long throw with reduced spill to the sides of the array. This can be advantageous in narrow venues with reflective side walls as well as in outdoor applications where side spill into adjacent areas must be minimized to conform to noise regulations.
LEOPARD-M80 also affords additional system configuration options. LEOPARD enables tighter horizontal control across a broad spectrum of outfill, center fill and delay applications when used in large-scale systems with LEO and LYON main line array systems. All current Meyer Sound line array loudspeakers share a common acoustical signature, affording transitions among main and auxiliary arrays.
In both variants, LEOPARD’s amplifier, driver and horn designs ensure linear response over a wide dynamic range. LEOPARD also offers phase coherence, consistent coverage patterns, low distortion and high power-to-size and weight ratios. Basic LEOPARD arrays can be quickly configured in Native Mode for optimum performance with minimal external processing. The narrow profile and limited weight make LEOPARD arrays an ideal choice for mid-sized touring acts and fixed installations where portability, scalability and ease of rigging are essential.