• Meyer Sound introduces 2100-LFC subwoofer

    Meyer Sound announces the 2100-LFC subwoofer ('low-frequency control element' in Meyer-speak) for the Panther large-format linear line array loudspeaker.

    By pairing a Class D amplifier with a single, all-new 21-inch driver with four voice coils [Ed.- what looks like an 18Sound's TetraCoil dual gap, probably customized], the 2100-LFC achieves an extended frequency response from 30 – 125 Hz in a loudspeaker that is more than one foot (30 cm) narrower and about 20 percent lighter than the 1100-LFC product.

    “The 2100-LFC shares the core design philosophy behind our breakthrough Panther line array,” says Meyer Sound Senior Product Manager Andy Davies. “With the 2100-LFC we’ve had the same goal of making a lighter and slimmer self-powered cabinet with all the performance the industry has asked us for while bringing it to the market at a lower initial cost than the previous generation. With Panther and the 2100-LFC we now have a complete, full-bandwidth solution for high-impact sound reinforcement in large-scale portable and installed applications that meets the practical and budgetary demands of the modern industry.”

    The new driver benefits from a Class D amplifier rated at 1200 watts maximum continuous power, with peak power of 8000 watts.

    “Like all sub-bass loudspeakers producing very high levels over hours of use, the magnets and voice coils can get very warm and that affects the linearity of the output,” notes Davies. “But since we have AC power on board, we are able to engineer cooling systems not just for the amplifier but also for the magnet and voice coil assembly. So, the output of the 2100-LFC maintains a linear response no matter how hard you drive it.” [Ed.- This means variable speed fan cooling for the LF driver]

    Like the 1100-LFC, the 2100-LFC has symmetrical rigging hardware, allowing easy mixing of front and rear orientation in cardioid arrays. However, the narrower cabinet profile of the 2100-LFC allows for a more efficient truck pack, with three-high stacks fitting three across in USA or European semi-trailers. “The stacks are a bit higher than other models in the LFC family, but that’s usually wasted space up at the top,” observes Davies. “Overall, it’s a far more efficient use of truck space, and when you add the savings in space Panther has already contributed, we are dramatically reducing the cost of touring logistics.”

    Preliminary specifications for the 2100-LFC give measurements of 42 inches (107 cm) wide, 24 inches (61 cm) high and 26.5 inches (67 cm) deep.

    The 2100-LFC also incorporates the same standard dual input module as Panther, offering both a Milan AVB endpoint for digital audio and monitoring telemetry, plus an analog input for backward compatibility with existing systems. System monitoring and connectivity is handled by Meyer Sound’s Nebra software package. All connections on the module — network, AC power, and analog XLR input — are via Neutrik TOP (True Outdoor Protection) connectors with an IP55 rating.

    Orders for the 2100-LFC low-frequency control element are being accepted immediately, with the first shipments anticipated in Q2 of this year.

    The 2100-LFC will be introduced at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2023 (Hall 5, 5F100), which takes place from January 31 to February 3, 2023.

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