Tannoy reveals architectural passive column speakers30 January 2012
ISE will see the unveiling of Tannoy’s VLS Series passive column array loudspeaker system incorporating its Focused Asymmetrical Shaping Technology.
There are three models in the VLS Series augmenting Tannoy’s offering in the architectural audio market – where maximum intelligibility and minimum aesthetic impact are the driving concerns.
Building upon the success of its flagship QFlex self-powered steerable array system, VLS offers an alternative in the shape of a passive device offering balance of performance and cost, when active beam-steering may neither be required nor affordable.
The VLS Series is the first Tannoy product to use FAST, which is claimed to deliver "unique acoustic performance benefits not previously 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.
An ideal column speaker should be biased in the vertical plane, towards the audience and away from reflective surfaces above (like ceilings) that are detrimental to intelligibility. FAST also facilitates quicker, easier installation with less need for tilting or specific concern for optimal mounting height.
The speakers also use transducer technology adapted from QFlex, coupled with an innovative passive crossover network design. The three models, which ship in June, are: VLS 7 for speech-only applications, VLS 15 and VLS 30 for full-range applications. All are IP64 rated for dust and water ingress and are salt spray and UV resistant, suitable for indoor and covered outdoor use.