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ULTRA-X20Compact Wide Coverage Loudspeaker
ULTRA-X20, ULTRA-X20XP, ULTRA-X22, ULTRA-X23


ULTRA-X20

Point-Source Solutions for Size-Critical Applications

An Evolution of Trusted Technology

Meyer Sound’s ULTRA-X20 self-powered full-range loudspeaker brings state-of-the-art ULTRA-X40 point-source technology to a smaller, lighter footprint, ideal for installed and portable applications where size and weight are critical factors. Whether used as a compact main system or as fills or surrounds in a larger system, count on the ULTRA-X20 to deliver high power output, low distortion, and consistent polar response in any configuration.

Small and Mighty

The ULTRA-X20 measures just 7.5 inches wide by 19.04 inches high by 8.6 inches deep, but packs a mighty punch, delivering 123.5 dB peak SPL measured using M-Noise. It features two 5-inch cone drivers and 2-inch compression driver in concentric configuration for more consistent pattern control below the crossover point.

Customizable Coverage

The ULTRA-X20 rotatable horn produces precise, even coverage regardless of orientation. It's available in three Constant-Q horn variants, for optimal coverage in any scenario. The ULTRA-X20 features a 110° x 50° horn, while the ULTRA-X22 provides more controlled 80° x 50° coverage and the ULTRA-X23’s horn provides a wider 110° x 110° coverage.

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Meet Your New MVP

The ULTRA-X20 is engineered with versatility in mind: Use it as the foundation of a compact main system, or to supplement a larger system. Extend low-frequency power by pairing the ULTRA-X20 with Meyer Sound’s USW-112P subwoofer, 750-LFC low-frequency control element, or USW-210P subwoofer. The ULTRA-X20 is natively aligned with the 750-LFC for quick and easy deployment in portable applications.

Ready for Rigging

If you can dream it, you can design it: Four integral M8 rigging points allow a range of configurations including requiring pole mounting, hanging, wall mounting or ceiling mounting—in horizontal or vertical orientation, at any angle. Four M6 points on the heatsink are compatible with most industry-standard wall mount brackets. Optional accessories include a 35 mm-to-M8 pole adapter, U-bracket, yoke, and a pinnable link that facilitates hanging of single or multiple units from a single pick-up point. The lightweight aluminum enclosure can be outfitted in optional weather protection and custom color finishes.


You're in the Driver's Seat

Ultra-Efficient Amplification

ULTRA-X20 is powered by a three-channel, 860-watt peak Class D digital amplifier with a sophisticated DSP package including electronic crossover, correction filters for phase and frequency response, and driver-protection circuitry. Phase-corrected electronics ensure flat acoustical amplitude and phase response for exceptional impulse response and precise imaging.

Intel at Your Fingertips

Don’t leave system management to chance: Ultra-X20 loudspeakers are compatible with Meyer Sound’s RMS platform, which lets you monitor essential performance parameters right from your Mac or Windows PC running Compass control software.

Smart Power Solutions

Power up with peace of mind: Ultra-X20’s built-in IntelligentAC technology auto-selects correct operating voltage, suppresses high voltage transients, filters EMI, and provides soft-start power-up. The ULTRA-X20XP loudspeaker variant incorporates IntelligentDC technology, which receives balanced audio and DC power from a single composite cable—eliminating the need for conduit and allowing for longer, lighter-gauge cable runs.

Making All the Right Connections

The ULTRA-X20 may be configured with any of three connector panel options. Two AC-powered versions feature looping Powercon connectors with either 3-pin or 5-pin XLR audio I/O and RMS remote monitoring; an IntelligentDC variant receives audio and DC power over single cable via its 5-pin Phoenix connector.

    

Ultra-Efficient Amplification

ULTRA-X20 is powered by a three-channel, 860-watt peak Class D digital amplifier with a sophisticated DSP package including electronic crossover, correction filters for phase and frequency response, and driver-protection circuitry. Phase-corrected electronics ensure flat acoustical amplitude and phase response for exceptional impulse response and precise imaging.

 

Intel at Your Fingertips

Don’t leave system management to chance: Ultra-X20 loudspeakers are compatible with Meyer Sound’s RMS platform, which lets you monitor essential performance parameters right from your Mac or Windows PC running Compass control software.

 

Smart Power Solutions

Power up with peace of mind: Ultra-X20’s built-in IntelligentAC technology auto-selects correct operating voltage, suppresses high voltage transients, filters EMI, and provides soft-start power-up. The ULTRA-X20XP loudspeaker variant incorporates IntelligentDC technology, which receives balanced audio and DC power from a single composite cable—eliminating the need for conduit and allowing for longer, lighter-gauge cable runs.

 

Making All the Right Connections

The ULTRA-X20 may be configured with any of three connector panel options. Two AC-powered versions feature looping Powercon connectors with either 3-pin or 5-pin XLR audio I/O and RMS remote monitoring; an IntelligentDC variant receives audio and DC power over single cable via its 5-pin Phoenix connector.

 

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 powered 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.