A design innovation that delivers better sound quality to a wider concert audience has won West Sussex based manufacturer, Turbosound Ltd, a 2012 Queen's Award for Innovation. This is the third Queen's Award that the company has earned in its 30-year history of creating ground-breaking loudspeaker products, adding to its 1987 and 1997 Export Achievement Awards, which were granted in recognition of exceptional consecutive years of export growth.
"The design team has come up with two truly innovative concepts – the Polyhorn and Dendritic waveguides – deployed across three product ranges which contribute towards the ever-increasing quality of sound reproduction at live concerts and in permanent installations, and which are set to earn the company significant income both at home and in our 45-plus export markets,” said Simon Blackwood, Turbosound's Managing Director.
The company has recently launched a new flagship sound system based on the innovation for use on concert tours and at music festivals – resulting in early market acceptance with systems already in use in Germany, Thailand, China and the U.S.
The system, named Flashline, in recognition of an earlier product that earned Turbosound global renown for its audio support of Pink Floyd's landmark Division Bell world tour, and its second Queen’s Award, combines the Polyhorn and Dendritic waveguides in a multi-drive-unit loudspeaker system that delivers a hi-fi listening experience to all audience members at indoor and outdoor events.
Flashline loudspeakers are teamed with class-leading amplification and digital processing in a fully-engineered, compatible professional tour sound package.
“Set against a challenging economic background and stiff competition from all quarters, this award really underlines the importance of UK design innovation in helping us to be a leader in the field of professional audio, and gives us a genuinely competitive edge,” said Blackwood.