Tannoy VLS 15Tannoy has unveiled its VLS Series passive column array loudspeaker system, incorporating its propprietary Focused Asymmetrical Shaping Technology.

The VLS Series adds three new models to Tannoy’s column array loudspeaker catalogue, consolidating its place in architectural audio – where maximum intelligibility and minimum aesthetic impact are the overriding concerns. Building on the commercial success of the flagship QFlex self-powered steerable array system, the VLS Series offers A/V contractors and consultants an alternative solution in the shape of a passive device offering balance of performance and cost, when active beam-steering may neither be required nor affordable.

With transducer technology adapted from QFlex, coupled with an innovative new passive crossover network design, VLS Series is the first Tannoy product to incorporate FAST (Focused Asymmetrical Shaping Technology), delivering acoustic performance benefits that Tannoy believes have not previously been seen across a full range of passive column loudspeakers. Central to this is its asymmetrical vertical dispersion, gently shaping the acoustic coverage towards the lower quadrant of the vertical axis. By the nature of a typical application, an ideal column loudspeaker should be biased in the vertical plane, towards the audience and away from reflective surfaces above (like ceilings) which are detrimental to intelligibility. FAST also facilitates quicker, easier installation with less need for tilting or specific concern for optimal mounting height. 

Tannoy has packaged this performance in a slender and narrow profile, aesthetically refined, powder-coated aluminium chassis with curvilinear aluminium grille; ensuring a sleek aesthetic and ultra-discrete appearance. Each model is available in either black or white as standard, though custom RAL finishes are available at additional cost and lead-time.

The three models that comprise the series are the VLS 7 (7 × 3.5-inch LF) designed for speech-only applications, VLS 15 (7 × 3.5-inch LF with 8 × 1-inch HF) and VLS 30 (14 × 3.5-inch LF and 16 × 1-inch HF), both of which are designed for full-range applications as well as speech. All models are IP64 rated for dust and water ingress, and are salt spray and UV resistant. All speakers are subjected to rigourous high/low operational temperature and humidity testing, making VLS Series suited to both indoor (house of worship, retail malls, auditoria) and covered outdoor use (transport hubs, concourses). Mounting is made easy via supplied wall-brackets.

Specification is aided by the addition of an exclusive Tannoy edition of Ease Focus v2.0 software, allowing consultants to design systems with predictable results and specify VLS Series in conjunction with Tannoy’s existing column loudspeakers – including I Series and QFlex – within the familiar environs of an industry standard software wizard.

The VLS Series will ship in June 2012.

See also:
Tannoy OCV Series pendant speakers
Tannoy VX Series
Tannoy DVS Series

More: www.tannoy.com/pro

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