Tannoy introduced the VLS Series of passive column array loudspeakers, incorporating proprietary FAST (Focussed Asymmetrical Shaping Technology), at the InfoComm 2012 show in Las Vegas.
Building upon the success of the flagship QFlex self-powered steerable array system, VLS Series offers AV 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 a new passive crossover network design, VLS Series is the first Tannoy product to incorporate FAST. 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.
VLS Series loudspeakers are packaged in slender and narrow profile, aesthetically refined, powder-coated aluminum chassis with curvilinear aluminum grilles. Each model is available in either black or white as standard, though custom RAL finishes are available at additional cost and lead-time.
The VLS 7 (7 × 3.5-in) is designed for speech-only applications, while the VLS 15 (7 × 3.5-in, 8 × 1-in) and VLS 30 (14 × 3.5-in, 16 × 1-in) are designed for more demanding full-range applications as well as speech.
All are IP64 rated for dust and water ingress and are salt spray and UV resistant as well as subject to rigorous high/low operational temperature and humidity testing. 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.