Meyer Sound’s LEOPARD line array loudspeaker and its companion 900-LFC low-frequency control element represent a quantum leap forward in sound quality and flexibility for small to mid-size church applications. As the smallest member of Meyer Sound’s flagship LEO® Family of loudspeakers, LEOPARD shares the same underlying technology that has earned LEO acclaim in major concert tours (Ed Sheeran, Grateful Dead, Shania Twain) and brings it down to a size, weight, and price point that works for a large middle segment of the church market.
As with all LEO Family systems, LEOPARD is distinguished by its linear response. Simply stated, this means that a LEOPARD system maintains the same sonic characteristics at all levels, from a quiet acoustic guitar solo to a full-on crescendo with large worship band, powerful solo vocals, and backing choir. Regardless of the output levels, the sound of LEOPARD remains absolutely transparent, with no coloration, smearing of detail, or annoying edginess. Linear performance means that LEOPARD will realize uncompromising reinforcement for any worship style, from traditional to classic contemporary to millennial-friendly alternative/edge. An investment in LEOPARD does not lock a church into one worship style for one demographic.
In terms of size and weight, LEOPARD and 900-LFC land square in the sweet spot of the church market, with array configurations easily scalable for congregations of from 300 to 2,000 or more. With a cabinet barely over two feet wide and weighing only 75 pounds, the slender LEOPARD line array fits in tight spaces and hangs from points with limited weight limits. LEOPARD has the power to propel rock-oriented worship styles in contemporary churches with relatively dead acoustics.
It also blends well into older, more traditional churches, and offers the precise pattern control that is essential to deal with “live” acoustical environments. In scenarios where floor-standing subwoofers are problematic, the 900-LFC element provides powerful low-frequency reinforcement when seamlessly arrayed over LEOPARD loudspeakers.
An array of six LEOPARD loudspeakers attached under two 900-LFCs can be flown using only a 1/2-ton motor. For simple economics and creation care, churches strive for energy efficiency. In that department, LEOPARD’s new three-channel class-D amplifier consumes less power and generates less heat than prior designs. As a self-powered system, LEOPARD does away with on-stage amp racks or the need for large amp rooms in new church construction. In older churches, where extra room for amplifiers may be non-existent, LEOPARD potentially eliminates costs associated with major reconstruction.
The proof is in the listening, and early reviews from trade journalists as well as theatrical sound designers, artist FOH engineers, and music festival promoters have noted the LEOPARD system’s ability to reproduce precise instrumental detail as well as clearly defined spoken word intelligibility,both crucial to church applications. Although it made its North American debut only in June, LEOPARD was quickly proposed for a number of high-profile church installations. The first to be completed was Gateway Fellowship Church in Poulsbo, Wash.