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SB-3FSound Field Synthesis Loudspeaker


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Sound That Goes the Distance

Hear Every Word, In Every Seat

The SB-3F sound field synthesis loudspeaker solves intelligibility issues that often compromise large-scale sound systems by projecting mid and high frequencies distances up to 1 kilometer. It’s a perfect solution for high-frequency fill coverage for outdoor venues, long-range speech reinforcement, or anywhere you want your message to be heard loud and clear.

The Power of Point-Source Drivers

This high-power, long-throw loudspeaker combines 448 custom-designed 1-inch neodymium point-source transducers to produce a coherent sound field that propagates sound in the crucial speech range of 2 kHz to 9 kHz. And its innovative acoustic design minimizes side and rear lobing, for smoother overall system response.

The Self-Powered Advantage

Applications include high-frequency fill coverage for far-field stadium, large outdoor venues, and large-scale event speech, and music reinforcement and speech reinforcement for long-range alerts or announcements.


Rugged Good Looks, Road-Ready Features

Rig It Right

The SB-3F’s side-mounted pivot block is compatible with an optional yoke assembly with side attachment points for arraying. Going out on tour? Yoke-mounted SB-3Fs can be easily transported using the MCF-SB3F caster frame.

Weather Any Storm

This speaker is in its element, in the elements: Its textured, hard-shell-finish enclosure and powder-coated, hex-stamped steel grille can be custom painted to match any decor; a weather-protected version featuring a wood-treated enclosure and protective rain hood is available. 

Remote Management With RMS

Make sure your system is in optimum shape with Meyer Sound’s RMS remote monitoring, which lets you keep an eye on performance parameters in real time from a macOS or Windows computer. Visit the RMServer product page for more information.

   

Rig It Right

The SB-3F’s side-mounted pivot block is compatible with an optional yoke assembly with side attachment points for arraying. Going out on tour? Yoke-mounted SB-3Fs can be easily transported using the MCF-SB3F caster frame.

 

Weather Any Storm

This speaker is in its element, in the elements: Its textured, hard-shell-finish enclosure and powder-coated, hex-stamped steel grille can be custom painted to match any decor; a weather-protected version featuring a wood-treated enclosure and protective rain hood is available. 

 

Remote Management With RMS

Make sure your system is in optimum shape with Meyer Sound’s RMS remote monitoring, which lets you keep an eye on performance parameters in real time from a macOS or Windows computer. Visit the RMServer product page for more information.

 

Solutions

SB-3F in use

Michigan Stadium

We had to install a point-source system in one of the end zones and throw sound upwards of 800 feet—in the open-air environment and with the weather changing all the time. The Meyer SB-3F is the only product of its sort that's designed to throw specifically high-frequency sound at that distance.

Peter O'NeilSystems Designer, TeL Systems

Nebraska Memorial Stadium

Having the SB-3Fs greatly boosts voice intelligibility in the far seats. During the first game, when the team made a big play, I could still hear the announcements over the noise of a sell-out crowd. The boost in top-end clarity maintains good intelligibility without having to push the overall system level until it's too loud.

Mark GrahamWrightson, Johnson, Haddon, & Williams

Ohio Stadium

The new SB-3Fs are throwing tons of SPL at almost a thousand feet. It’s even better than expected.

Wayne StephensElectronics Superintendent, Ohio State Athletics


The Self-Powered Advantage

Meyer Sound has been pioneering self-powered loudspeakers for professional installations and touring since 1995. We’ve committed to self-powered systems because we know they deliver unrivaled clarity, reliable performance, value, and ease of use.

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a self-powered system, you’ve come to the right place.

John Meyer

First, a Little History...

The story of self-powered loudspeakers is in many ways the story of Meyer Sound itself.

In the 1970s, sound reinforcement technology was inconsistent science at best, and at worst, led to show-ending failures. A young John Meyer, designing loudspeakers for San Francisco’s McCune Sound Service, wanted to bring quality and reliability to sound systems, and he knew the answer lay in self-powered loudspeakers. In 1979 Meyer founded his own speaker company; early Meyer Sound innovations include the iconic HD-1 self-powered studio monitor launched in 1989.

Today Meyer Sound offers a full range of self-powered sound reinforcement products. Meyer Sound systems can be found on tour with artists ranging from Ed Sheeran to Metallica, on Broadway and London’s West End, and in performance venues from the San Francisco Opera to the Vienna Philharmonic   not to mention sports stadiums, cruise ships, and houses of worship around the world.

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Why Self-Powered?

Self-powered loudspeakers offer several advantages over their passive counterparts when it comes to fidelity, reliability, and simplicity. The great part is, you’ll start to reap the benefits of a self-powered system before you even power up.

Ease of deployment: System set-up is so much easier when you have fewer components and fewer cables to worry about being miswired. Since self-powered loudspeakers incorporate amplification, you’ll never have to deal with matching speakers to amplifiers or connecting components. You don’t have to worry about calibration of gain and crossover setting which means more time focusing on the show. Eliminating amp racks doesn’t just streamline system deployment, it streamlines your inventory   whether you’re a rental house or a road warrior. And when you consider that the average amp rack weighs nearly 300 pounds and takes up four feet of truck space, the efficiencies get even clearer. Let alone when you want to fly the amplifier racks to get closer to the speakers, often requiring more rigging points and more motors.

Predictable, reliable operation: Internal amplification is closely matched to drivers. Because individual components have been optimized during manufacturing, you can expect consistent sound from show to show. Built-in, factory-optimized protection circuitry provides extra assurance without degrading signal quality. And, when you have less equipment, you have less risk of failure.

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Better frequency and phase response: Because self-powered loudspeakers incorporate sophisticated processing, they are calibrated to exhibit optimal response curves in key performance parameters. Active crossovers are more precise, sophisticated designs, and bi-amped systems are time aligned, eliminating phase issues. The result? Accurate sound throughout the speaker’s range, at any volume level.

Unparalleled clarity: In, self-powered floor monitors internal amplifiers are precision-matched to drivers, delivering optimal power at all times for cleaner sound. And because amps are built into loudspeaker cabinets, there’s no need for long lengths of connecting cable, which can become prone to distortion and signal loss.

Tighter transients: Since self-powered loudspeakers have very short internal cables, amps inside can more effectively dampen driver mechanical motion, which leads to better sonic accuracy and tighter, crisper transients. (And, there’s none of the loss in levels and signal quality inherent over long cable distances.)

Certified Safe: Nothing matters more than the safety of your staff and customers. Because self-powered loudspeakers incorporate amplification, they must undergo rigorous testing by Underwriters Laboratories and other international organizations to ensure they operate safely and guard against the risk of fire, electric shock, and inadequate structural design. Enjoy peace of mind knowing Meyer Sound powered products are certified by FCC, UL, CSA, CE, and CEE   the most stringent agencies in the business.

The Problems with Passive

What about passive loudspeakers? At first glance, passive systems may seem like a bargain. But we already know that passive systems require more components and accessories than powered systems. Sonically, they exhibit potential for signal loss over distances, and it is very hard to ensure consistent, optimal sound and volume as amplifiers have many variables to consider when being matched to loudspeakers, such as cable lengths and gauge as well as the number of speakers connected to the amplifier.

Passive systems are often touted as easy to service. But because powered loudspeakers are so complex to design and build, self-powered loudspeakers usually represent the top innovations from leading manufacturers   better quality translates to better reliability, which means fewer maintenance issues in the long run.

At face value, passive systems might seem less expensive and easier to maintain. But once you start adding in amps, cables, and other components   not to mention increased transport and labor costs   you’ll find that those savings just don’t add up to a better value.

Step Up to a Self-Powered System

Once you recognize all of the advantages inherent in self-powered loudspeaker systems, it’s easy to understand why the world’s top venues and productions rely on them to deliver consistently stunning sound.


SB-3F Accessories

SB-3 CASTER FRAME ASSY KIT
MCF-SB-3
SB-3 caster frame assembly kitPart Number: 40.159.050.01