• Meyer Sound launches Panther large scale line array modules

    On what would have been the eve of the postponed ISE show, Meyer Sound yesterday announced PANTHER, a new flagship line array module.

    PANTHER’s acoustic output is closer to the significantly larger and heavier LEO line array loudspeaker and occupies the slender form factor of the existing LYON line array loudspeaker. Despite stadium levels of performance, PANTHER weighs 68 kg (150 lb) and offers substantial savings on current draw from the previous generation flagship line array loudspeaker. A dual analog/Milan AVB network input module means PANTHER offers flexible signal distribution options and each cabinet comes standard with an IP55 weather protection rating — all at a substantially lower initial cost compared to LEO and LYON.

    The electronics module in PANTHER is an all-new, lightweight design incorporating a four-channel Class D amplifier coupled to a power supply with power factor correction.

    PANTHER also features new, longer-excursion 12-inch low-frequency cone drivers and new 3-inch compression drivers. Each incorporates new magnet structures and materials for higher flux density despite substantial weight reduction.

    Combined with a new LF port design, PANTHER has a maximum nominal peak output at 1m of more than 150 dB SPL. Weighing only 150 lb (68 kg), PANTHER is a significantly lighter box than anything in its class, says the company.

    Reduced weight means more PANTHER loudspeakers can be flown on a single motor, and larger arrays can share the same truss and hang points with extensive video and lighting gear. Also, larger and longer arrays can be flown outdoors while complying with new safety regulations related to wind events. Shipping costs will be reduced, particularly when air transport is required.

    The PANTHER family consists of three cabinets with different horizontal coverage patterns. PANTHER-M and PANTHER-W are 95 and 110 degrees, respectively, and will be familiar options for existing Meyer Sound owners. PANTHER-L features a long throw horn with an 80-degree horizontal pattern. Three options allow system designers to precisely tailor coverage in any size venue with uniform response from front to back and enable deployment of fewer arrays or shorter arrays in some applications, such as in-the-round configurations.

    Weather Protection Standard: PANTHER is weather protected to the new IEC IP55 standard with full rain protection when using mating Neutrik TOP series signal and powerCON connectors. No rain hood is required.

    With standard weather protection, the same PANTHER cabinets can be used for indoor or outdoor events with no special preparations required.

    The price of the systems is substantially lower than the previous generation and reportedly below the most direct competitor models when factoring in comparable amplification and processing. The PANTHER linear line array loudspeaker will go into production and ship in February 2022.

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