Meyer Sound LEOPARD Compact Line Array

Compact, light-weight, self-powered line array loudspeaker with 3,900W Class-D amplifier and Galileo GALAXY network platform.

Description

The Meyer Sound LEOPARD is a compact, light-weight, self-powered line array loudspeaker with a 3,900W (peak) low-distortion Class-D amplifier and integrates via Meyer Sound’s 24-bit/96kHz Galileo® GALAXY network platform.

The baby of the LEO family (in size only), LEOPARD line array loudspeaker proves you can change your spots by earning a patent for Meyer Sound. Thanks to its innovative proprietary design, the versatile LEOPARD outputs astonishing sound quality beyond the expectations its easily flyable size might otherwise suggest. With exceptional precision and headroom, LEOPARD reproduces source material with extraordinary accuracy that will captivate audiences with both power and subtle musical detail. In live sound reinforcement, where size tends to dictate function, LEOPARD is anything but a one-trick pony. Built to be a multipurpose system, LEOPARD’s applications include mid-sized touring, live theater, worship, and live performance installations. Plus, it can deliver the goods for any and all genres, from symphony music to heavy metal.

Meyer Sound LEOPARD—At a Glance:

  • Compact cabinet with small footprint and extraordinary power‐to‐size ratio
  • High peak power output with exceptional linearity and transient reproduction with extremely low distortion at any output level
  • Self‐powered for simplified setup and increased reliability
  • Flexible rigging and transport options
  • Easy integration with LYON line array loudspeakers, and the 900‐LFC, 1100‐LFC, and VLFC low frequency control elements

Meyer Sound LEOPARD—Parsing the Details

LEOPARD is optimized for use in arrays, with default low-mid array compensation for the simplest set-up, ever. Get great sound right from the start with Native Mode. To maintain signal integrity, the MDM-5000 distribution module offers LEO Family users a dependable and easy way to route AC power, audio, and RMS signals. LEOPARD delivers the same advantages of self‐powered design, linear response, and precise directional control as its bigger siblings, LEO‐MTM and LYONTM.

LEOPARD breaks new ground in loudspeaker array performance, providing exceptional phase coherence and consistent coverage in a light, compact cabinet. Its innovative amplifier, driver, and horn designs ensure that LEOPARD systems reproduce any sound source with linearity over a wide dynamic range, from speech and classical music to rock and EDM. LEOPARD loudspeakers offer Native Mode, a configuration optimized to yield excellent system performance right out of the box with minimal external processing.

Field-replaceable amplifier

A class-D amplifier affords unprecedented efficiency, significantly lowering distortion while reducing power consumption and operating temperature. A single, field-replaceable module contains the onboard amplifier and control circuitry. (See “Why Self-Powered?” below*)

Easy to configure

LEOPARD is portable and easy to configure. Its low weight and narrow profile make it well-suited for small- to medium-sized touring acts and fixed installations, where scalability and ease of rigging are essential. An array of six LEOPARD with two accompanying 900-LFC loudspeakers can be flown using only a ½-ton motor.

Low-frequency control

For low-frequency enhancement, LEOPARD loudspeakers pair with Meyer Sound’s 900-LFC low-frequency control element, which can be flown as part of LEOPARD arrays without transition hardware. Like LEOPARD, the 900-LFC also features an excellent power-to-size ratio, improved efficiency, and versatility.

Standalone or supplemental

In addition to working as a standalone system, LEOPARD can also be used as a supplemental fill loudspeaker in LEO-M and LYON systems. Applications that require more low-frequency headroom can use Meyer Sound’s 1100-LFC, which also integrates with LEOPARD systems.

Galileo® network audio platform

Drive LEOPARD systems with Meyer Sound’s Galileo GALAXY network platform, which provides 24-bit/96kHz audio, matrix routing, alignment, and processing for array components. To guarantee optimum performance, you can design LEOPARD systems with Meyer Sound’s MAPPTM System Design Tool, which effectively anticipates system SPL and coverage requirements, providing visual feedback of dispersion characteristics. This useful tool also helps verify rigging load ratings.

Remote monitoring—Mac/PC

LEOPARD and 900-LFC loudspeakers work with Meyer Sound’s RMSTM remote monitoring system, which provides comprehensive monitoring of system parameters from a Mac or Windows-based computer.

Rigging and weather protection

LEOPARD includes Meyer Sound’s QuickFly rigging with captive GuideALinks™ that facilitate easy setting of splay angles from 0.5 to 15 degrees. Meyer Sound coats the premium multi-ply birch LEOPARD cabinet with a slightly textured black finish. Options include weather protection and custom color finishes for fixed installations and applications with specific cosmetic requirements. A range of available rigging accessories make LEOPARD a versatile solution for a variety of applications.

Meyer Sound LEOPARD applications: 

  • Small- to medium-sized touring and fixed installations
  • Downfill, midfill, sidefill, and outfill for LYON; midfill, sidefill, and outfill for LEO-M
  • Concert Hall
  • Clubs
  • Theaters
  • Houses of worship
  • Corporate AV
  • Theme parks
  • Rental Events

What the pros are saying about Meyer Sound LEOPARD

“LEOPARD brought the audience closer to the stage, giving the hall the intimacy of a club. This transformation is exactly what we aim for when we bring this type of music to a big stage.” — Gerhard Veeck, Technical Director, Moers Festival

“I was impressed by the way the sound was very even across the entire frequency range as you walked toward and away from the arrays. It was a much smoother progression, in both level and consistency of frequency response. To me, this marks a step forward in linear loudspeaker development and makes LEOPARD a bit of a game changer in the small line array category.” — Richard Brooker, Theatrical Sound Designer

“After listening to the LEOPARD system, I was not only surprised but shocked. I couldn’t believe a system so small and lightweight would have such enormous power and brilliant sound—not to mention the simplicity of the rigging and connections.” — Martin Štefanek, Managing Director, Hurricane

“LEOPARD is an exponential improvement in how we’re able to offer amplified concerts. The system can fool me into thinking the sound is not really amplified, even though I know it is–that feels like magic.” — Andrew Dubowski, Operations Director, San Francisco Symphony

“It was truly breathtaking the way the LEOPARD arrays could accurately recreate the unique, full-bodied sound of the London Symphony. LEOPARD’s linearity guarantees a transparent sound image, whether the orchestra is playing loud or soft passages.” — Ivo König, Co-Managing Director, IT AUDIO GmbH

 

*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. 

For more information configuring a Meyer Sound system with LEOPARD, schedule a consultation with your Parsons Audio Professional systems integrator today.

 

Accessories And Associated Products 

MG-LEOPARD/900 Multipurpose Grid: Flies up to 23 LEOPARD cabinets with a 5:1 safety factor and BGV C1 with some angle restrictions; includes attachment points to accommodate brackets and adapters for lasers and inclinometers. The grid offers multiple and single‐center pickup points and supports mixed arrays of LEOPARD and 900 LFC cabinets flown or ground-stacked without any transition hardware. Always use MAPP to verify rigging load ratings.

MCF-LEOPARD Caster Frame: Safely transports up to four fully rigged LEOPARD cabinets, making it easy to assemble and disassemble arrays in blocks. Durable nylon covers for stacks of 3 and 4 units are also available to ensure the LEOPARD is completely road ready.

MTF-LYON/LEOPARD Transition Frame: With some restrictions, flies up to 10 LEOPARD cabinets at a 5:1 safety factor and BGV C1 for downfill below LYON arrays; includes rear attachment points for pullback; collapsible for easy transport on top of LEOPARD stacks. Always use MAPP to verify rigging load ratings.

PBF-LEOPARD Pull-Back Frame: Provides pull-back for extreme downtilt of flown LEOPARD and 900 LFC arrays, and allows additional downtilt in ground-stacked arrays.

MVP Motor Vee Plate: Attaches to MG LEOPARD/900 grid (and all other LEO family grids) and fine tunes horizontal aim of LEOPARD and 900 LFC arrays.

MG-LEOPARD/900 Ground-stack Tilt Kit: Includes 2 angle feet that attach to the rear of the MG LEOPARD/900 grid that can add up to 8 degrees of tilt to the entire ground-stack array.

GALAXY Network Platform: The Galileo GALAXY Network Platform provides state-of-the-art audio control technology for loudspeaker systems with multiple zones. With immaculate sonic performance, it provides a powerful tool set for corrective room equalization and creative fine‐tuning for a full range of applications.

MDM-5000 Distribution Module: Offers convenient power distribution and flexible routing of audio, AC power, and RMS to loudspeaker arrays.

 

Meyer Sound LEOPARD Specifications: 

Acoustical1 

  • Operating Frequency Range2: 55 Hz – 18 kHz
  • Phase Response: 92Hz – 18kHz ±30 degrees
  • Linear Peak SPL3: 133.5dB with 18dB crest factor (M-noise), 130dB (Pink noise), 134.5dB (B‐noise)

Coverage 

  • Horizontal Coverage: 110°
  • Vertical Coverage: Varies, depending on array length and configuration

Transducers 

  • Low Frequency: Two 9″ long excursion cone drivers; 2 ohm nominal impedance
  • High Frequency: One 3″ diaphragm compression driver coupled to a constant-directivity horn through a patented REM manifold; 4 ohm nominal impedance

Audio Input 

  • Type: Differential, electronically balanced
  • Maximum Common Mode Range: ±15V DC, clamped to earth for voltage transient protection
  • Connectors: XLR 5-pin female input with male loop output; XLR 3-pin female connectors available to accommodate only balanced audio (no RMS signals)
  • Input Impedance: 10k ohm differential between pins 2 and 3
  • Nominal Input Sensitivity: 6.0dBV (2.0V RMS) continuous is typically the onset of limiting for noise and music
  • Input Levels: Audio source must be capable of producing +20dBV (10V RMS) into 600 ohms to produce the maximum peak SPL over the operating bandwidth of the loudspeaker

Wiring4 

  • Pin 1: Chassis/earth through 1k ohm, 1000pF, 15V clamped network to provide virtual ground lift at audio frequencies
  • Pin 2: Signal +
  • Pin 3: Signal ‐
  • Pin 4: RMS (polarity insensitive) Pin 5: RMS (polarity insensitive) Case: Earth ground and chassis

Amplifiers

  • Type: 3-channel, open-loop, class D
  • Total Output Power5: 3,900W peak
  • THD, IM, TIM: <0.02%
  • Cooling: Convection

AC Power

  • Connector: powerCON 20-input with loop output
  • Automatic Voltage Selection: 90–265V AC
  • Safety Rated Voltage Range: 100–240V AC, 50–60Hz
  • Turn-on and Turn-off Points: 90 VAC turn-on, no turn-off; internal fuse protection above 265 V AC

Current Draw

  • Idle Current: 0.46A RMS (115V AC); 0.35A RMS (230 V AC); 0.49A RMS (100V AC)
  • Max Long-Term Continuous Current (>10 sec): 3.0A RMS (115 V AC); 1.5A RMS (230V AC); 3.4A RMS (100V AC)
  • Burst Current (<1 sec)6: 4.4A RMS (115V AC); 2.3A RMS (230V AC) 5.5A RMS (100V AC)
  • Maximum Instantaneous Peak Current: 12.6A peak (115V AC); 6.3A peak (230V AC); 14.5A peak (100V AC)
  • Inrush Current: <20 A peak

RMS Network

  • Equipped with two conductor, twisted-pair network; reports all amplifier operating parameters to host computers

Physical

  • Width: 26.93 in ( 684 mm )
  • Height: 11.11 in ( 282 mm )
  • Depth: 21.66 in (550 mm)
  • Weight: 75 lb. (34.0 kg)
  • Enclosure: Premium multiply birch, slightly textured black finish
  • Protective Grille: Powder-coated, hex-stamped steel with acoustical black mesh
  • Rigging: End-frames with captive GuideALinks secured with 0.3125″ x 0.63″ quick-release pins that allow 0.5°to 15°splay angles); detachable side and rear handles
  1. Loudspeaker system predictions for coverage and SPL are available in Meyer Sound’s MAPP System Design Tool.
  2. Recommended maximum operating frequency range. Response depends on loading conditions and room acoustics.
  3. Linear Peak SPL is measured in free‐field at 4 m referred to 1 m. Loudspeaker SPL compression measured with M‐noise at the onset of limiting, 2‐hour duration, and 50‐degree C ambient temperature is <2 dB.

M-noise is a full bandwidth, (10 Hz–22.5 kHz) test signal developed by Meyer Sound to better measure the loudspeaker’s music performance. It has a constant instantaneous peak level in octave bands, a crest factor that increases with frequency, and a full bandwidth Peak to RMS ratio of 18 dB.

Pink noise is a full bandwidth test signal with Peak to RMS ratio of 12.5 dB.

B-noise is a Meyer Sound test signal used to ensure measurements reflect system behavior when reproducing the most common input spectrum,

and to verify there is still headroom over pink noise.

  1. Pins 4 and 5 (RMS) only included with XLR 5‐pin connector that accommodates both balanced audio and RMS signals.
  2. Peak power based on the maximum unclipped peak voltage the amplifier will produce into the nominal load impedance.
  3. AC power cabling must be of sufficient gauge so that under burst current rms conditions, cable transmission losses do not cause the loudspeaker’s voltage to drop below the specified operating range.