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ULTRA-X80Versatile Point Source Loudspeaker

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The Ultra Powerful, ULTRA Family

Meet the family

Same powerful DNA. Same precision. Same clarity. The ULTRA family has revolutionized the loudspeaker industry with power, coverage and consistency. And now, the ULTRA-X80 becomes pound-for-pound the most powerful point source loudspeaker we’ve ever made.

 

Meet the family

Same powerful DNA. Same precision. Same clarity. The ULTRA family has revolutionized the industry for point source loudspeakers with power, coverage and consistency. And now, the X80 becomes pound-for-pound the most powerful point source we’ve ever made.

A seamless sonic signature

ULTRA-X20, ULTRA-X40, and ULTRA-X80 can work together or separately with precision and fidelity. Experience the same clarity and consistency, no matter how hard you push your system.

Mind-melting sound. At any scale.

The versatile ULTRA family delivers exceptional sonic experiences for all kinds of audiences, in all kinds of venues, for all kinds of sound.

ULTRA
ULTRA-X20

Ultra lightweight.
Ultra mighty.

Our state-of-the art point source technology in its most compact footprint.

X20 Overview
ULTRA-X40

Impressively precise.
Amazingly compact.

A versatile solution with incredible power-to-size performance.

X40 Overview
ULTRA-X80

Maximum power.
Minimal profile.

A lightweight, easy-to-rig loudspeaker that can replace a small line array.

X80 Overview

Precision. Power. Purity.

Contact us to learn more about the ULTRA family.

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Pound-for-Pound, Our Most Powerful Point Source Yet

Precision. Power. Purity.

Introducing the ULTRA-X80. Everything you love about the ULTRA‑X20 and ULTRA‑X40. Same powerful DNA. Same clarity. Same honest sound. Now built for a bigger stage.

A Self-Powered Powerhouse

It’s lightweight, compact, network capable, and MILAN-certified. Plus, it plays well with others. Every loudspeaker in the ULTRA family works together or separately to deliver sound with fidelity and precision.

Power and Clarity at Scale

From sports arenas and stadiums to houses of worship, theaters and live music venues, the versatile ULTRA-X80 delivers exceptional sonic experiences for all kinds of audiences, in all kinds of venues, for all kinds of sound.

ULTRA-X80 Features

Extraordinary Power-to-Size Performance

Leveraging our ultra-light Class D amplifier technology, it delivers a total linear peak output of 141 dB SPL in a cabinet weighing just 130 pounds (59 kg). The result is an easy-to-rig point source loudspeaker capable of providing the performance of multiple line array loudspeakers in a single box.

Revolutionizing the Loudspeaker Industry

The ULTRA-X80 is an evolution of the ULTRA family’s innovative concentric-driver design, which couples two 12-inch neodymium-magnet cone drivers to a rotatable 95° x 40° waveguide coupled to a 4-inch high-frequency compression driver. This configuration ensures smooth response across the speaker’s range and impressive directional control. And for maximum flexibility in coverage, an ULTRA-X82 variant offers a more tightly focused 50° x 40° dispersion pattern.

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.