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Meyer: New linear sub at PL+S, AVB products for certification

Erica Basnicki 21 March 2012
Meyer: New linear sub at PL+S, AVB products for certification

Meyer Sound is unveiling the 1100-LFC “low-frequency control element”, a new self-powered “sonically linear” loudspeaker operating in the 28Hz-100Hz range, at PL+S. Ultra-low distortion coupled with exceptional headroom and optimised rigging options makes the 1100-LFC a flexible tool for low-end directional applications for large-scale tours and installations, says the California-based company.   However, Meyer Sound insists that it’s not just a subwoofer. “As an industry, we are accustomed to subwoofers carrying a distinct harmonic tone. This ‘sound’ of any subwoofer becomes part of how a product is evaluated,” says CEO John Meyer. “Linear loudspeakers lack this enhancement, and are measured by their ability to precisely reproduce the electronic signals without altering the sonic characteristics. Bringing Meyer Sound’s linear technology and our advances in loudspeaker headroom and peak level control to the low-frequency domain makes the 1100-LFC quite an exciting direction for us.”   Meyer’s linear technology enables low frequencies to be steered and controlled where needed, avoiding spill to “walls, neighbourhoods, and the stage.”   Product manager Luke Jenks revealed to PSNEurope: “The 1100-LFC will be a key element in all large-scale Meyer Sound line array loudspeaker systems, including a new system we are currently developing. We invest in R&D for new products as much as our existing product offerings. The 1100-LFC will provide a huge benefit to users of our MILO, MICA, and JM-1P loudspeakers: with the benefit of our Galileo loudspeaker management system, it will work perfectly with [other] Meyer Sound loudspeakers.”   Jenks further disclosed that the LFCs will be first deployed on a high-profile tour in Europe later in the year.   In other news, Meyer Sound has indicated its intention to submit Audio/Video Bridging-capable products to the new certification programme just announced by the AVB-supporting AVnu Alliance in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory. UNH-IOL is an independent test house that has undertaken work for industry consortia including the Ethernet Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance and IPv6 Forum.   As of this August, Alliance members will be able to submit AVB-enabled bridges to UNH-IOL to begin certification testing – a process that, for pro-audio products, will commence in Q1/2013. Companies expected to proffer products for assessment include Avid, Biamp, Extreme Networks, Harman, Riedel Communications – and Meyer Sound.   John McMahon, executive director – digital products, Meyer Sound, tells PSNEurope: “Meyer Sound is committed to submitting its AVB-capable products for compliance and interoperability testing as soon as the certification programme for professional audio products begins for AVnu Alliance member companies in Q1 of 2013. A number of Meyer Sound loudspeaker and digital audio systems are in the development pipeline and will be certified to ensure interoperability with other AVnu-certified AVB technologies.”   The link-up between the AVnu Alliance and UNH-IOL underlines the continuing sense of momentum behind the AVB project, whose standardisation process is now in its closing stages.   “We are very pleased to be working with UNH-IOL as a key part of our interoperability and conformance programme,” stated Kevin Stanton, the AVnu Alliance’s Technical Work Group chair. “UNH-IOL’s long experience testing networked devices, especially Ethernet, along with the collective expertise drawn from the expanding AVnu Alliance membership, is quickly moving us toward certification of interoperable AVB networking and A/V products.”    

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