Meyer Sound announced the MICA compact high-power curvilinear array loudspeaker, the latest addition to the MILO family of loudspeakers. The MICA is smaller than the original MILO loudspeaker but exhibits the MILO family hallmark characteristics of high power and extended high-frequency response.

Suitable for touring, rental, or fixed installation applications, the new system is ideal for applications that do not require the higher power or greater throw distance of the original MILO or in smaller venues that cannot support the weight or size of MILO. It also provides an excellent complement to a MILO main system. For example, a tour playing venues of varying sizes could carry both MILO and MICA, using MILO for main arrays with the new system for sidefill in larger venues and MICA for main arrays in smaller venues.

The MICA loudspeaker provides 100º of horizontal coverage and produces high output levels, up to 138dB SPL peak, with flat phase and frequency response over its wide operating frequency range of 60Hz to 18kHz. MICA’s impressive performance comes in a package measuring only 41.4" wide x 13.4" high x 17.8" deep and weighing 153lbs.

The system features all new, specially designed components, which incorporate improvements based on the experience Meyer Sound has gained since the introduction of its first line array loudspeaker in 2001. The low and low-mid frequencies are generated by two high-power neodymium magnet 10" cone drivers in a two-way arrangement. An integral crossover rolls off one driver at a lower frequency than the other in order to maintain optimal polar and frequency response through the crossover region. The high-frequency section uses two 3" diaphragm compression drivers coupled to a horn that provides constant directivity in the horizontal plane while controlling vertical coverage with a new incarnation of Meyer Sound’s patented REM® ribbon emulation manifold.

In order to provide the smooth high frequencies that exemplify the MILO family in a cabinet too small to allow dedicated very high-frequency drivers, the new manifold and horn have been designed for greater high-frequency extension than the first-generation manifold.

All transducers in the new system are designed and manufactured by Meyer Sound, and driven by an on-board, four-channel class AB/H amplifier with 3,375 watts of true burst RMS output power.

Meyer Sound’s RMS™ remote monitoring system is included standard. Also included is newly designed captive QuickFly® rigging hardware (patent applied for) intended to provide the greatest flexibility and ease of use in touring applications. The new rigging hardware uses rigid AlignaLinks contained within recessed guides in the front and rear corners of the cabinet. The rear link of the rigging allows settings for 10 different angles from zero to six degrees. Additional flexibility is provided by a setting in the front link for an extended angle that adds seven degrees to the splay angle for avoiding reflections off of architectural obstacles such as a balcony or aisle. Up to 18 MICA loudspeakers can be flown in a single array.

MICA will be available in Q2 of 2005.