Tannoy's new VSX Series made its industry debut at InfoComm 2012, which has been running in Las Vegas this week.
Developed to augment the recently launched VX Series and VXP Series line of full-range sound reinforcement loudspeakers, the new VSX Series initially comprises five passive enclosures, with powered versions to follow later in the year.
Explaining the reasons behind the launch, Tannoy marketing manager Mark Flanagan said: “InfoComm remains the single most important show for TC Group where the commercial AV market is concerned – and of course represents our single biggest market place geographically in terms of North America – so it’s hardly surprising that we aim for it when it comes to international product launches.
"Only ISE comes close in that respect, and usually any product introductions made earlier in the year in Amsterdam only serve as a taster for the big push across the pond later in the year. Tannoy’s new VSX Series will see its international debut at this year’s show, and with the vast majority of the business potential for this new line of pro subwoofers being in the US, at least initially, it makes perfect sense to use InfoComm as a launch pad for it.”
Developed from the ground up, VSX Series is designed to deliver high-impact, low and ultra-low frequency reinforcement in a compact format in either installed sound or portable/live PA applications; the units are said to beideal for providing high definition, extended low-end response for Tannoy’s wide range of installation loudspeaker systems.
Of the five passive models, three are band-pass configuration – VSX 8.2BP, VSX 10BP and VSX 12.2BP – and two are direct-radiating devices – VSX 15DR and VSX 18DR. All models feature a compact volume and footprint relative to their driver complement and performance capabilities, with each one optimised for maximum efficiency.
Additionally, VSX Series heralds the introduction of Tannoy’s EMT (Excursion Management Technology) on the VSX 8.2BP, VSX 10BP and VSX 12.2BP, which optimises tonal balance and harmonic output through precisely engineered enclosure geometry and innovative transducer design; delivering well-defined low-frequency reinforcement at high sound pressure levels, with extremely low distortion and power compression, while maintaining a uniform frequency response throughout the device’s dynamic range.
VSX Series subwoofers can easily be coupled with VX Series and VXP Series for portable PA applications thanks to an integrated pole-mount recess and the optional VTH pole mount, eliminating the need for tripods. All enclosures are available in a black or white durable paint finish, with Weather Protected optional specification available on the VSX 15DR and VSX 18DR – featuring Line-X coating, weatherised transducers, Airnet-lined grilles and stainless steel fixings and hardware.
Tannoy will be supporting the launch of the new range with the introduction of a software tool to facilitate the design of cardioid, steered and end-fire subwoofer arrays using its range of subwoofers – including the new VSX models. This will be made available to download for free from the Tannoy website.